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Ball State’s major in Spanish will prepare you to navigate a national and international economy that is increasingly filled with and dependent upon the Spanish language.

How important is the Spanish language to the modern world? In a word, enormous.

Worldwide, more than 425 million Spanish speakers live in nearly two dozen countries. Domestically, employers increasingly demand professionals with fluency in both Spanish and English. Some companies in the United States pay bonuses to prospective employees who can speak Spanish. You can be one of those to be offered a job or receive a bonus by majoring in Spanish.

What You Will Learn

As a Spanish major, you will take courses to develop your expertise in the Spanish language and contemporary culture.

A bachelor's degree in Spanish pairs well with a major in:

What It’s Like to Major in Spanish at Ball State

Ball State offers more than 300 exchange and study abroad program options in 65 different countries including France, Germany, Japan, and Mexico.

As a student, you can also be involved in language clubs and two national foreign language honoraries.

Study Abroad  Student Organizations

Our department is home to more than 30 full-time faculty members and graduate assistants. Faculty members are engaged in active research in addition to teaching full course loads. They are experts in their fields and committed to—and invested in—your pursuit of excellence.

Classes are kept small to enable students to practice speaking, writing, reading, and listening. You’ll work closely and meaningfully with faculty over the entire undergraduate experience.

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Our programs, faculty, and campus provide a wonderful diversity of languages, cultures, and experiences. You will also have the opportunity to study in another country, broadening your cultural experiences as you further your education.

Major Requirements

Major Credits



A few of the classes you will take include:

  • SP 101-102 Beginning Spanish
  • SP 201-202 Intermediate Spanish
  • SP 301 Conversation and Composition
  • SP 302 Composition and Grammar
  • SP 335 Topics in Hispanic Culture

For a complete list of all the courses you will take and their descriptions, please see our Course Catalog.

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What Can You Do with a Degree in Spanish?

The rise of Spanish speakers in the United States—the Latino population grew from 14 to 35.5 million in the last two decades—has created jobs and demand for those with fluency in both Spanish and English.

The ability to speak an important language like Spanish makes you eligible for jobs in:

  • business
  • elementary education
  • journalism
  • medicine
  • nursing
  • political science/pre-law
  • secondary education
  • social work
  • telecommunications

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Paying for Your Education

Department Scholarships

In addition to the numerous scholarships the university offers its students, our department gives awards every year to our majors and minors to recognize them for their academic achievements. Find a scholarship.

Ready to Apply?

Admission to Ball State is selective and we carefully evaluate all applications on an individual basis. Applying for admission is easy. Use our convenient, comprehensive, and secure online application

Want to Learn More?

The best way to get a true feel for Ball State University is to spend some time here, so we encourage you and your family to schedule a campus visit. Take a tour, attend an information session, meet with a professor in our area, and ask plenty of questions. Or, if you’d rather speak to someone directly by phone or email, please feel free to contact us.

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