Spanish Major (BA and minor)

HBU’s Ten Pillars vision highlights the importance we place on global engagement as we prepare our students to change the wider world. The Spanish major plays a key role in that preparation. Both locally and internationally, Spanish language proficiency allows us to partner with multiple communities and communicate truth to them. In our courses, students at various levels learn to speak with confidence, read with comprehension and write in a professional manner. The Spanish major contains a wide variety of courses, from those for the complete beginner to those for native speakers, so everyone has the opportunity to deepen their appreciation for and fluency in the Spanish language.

Spanish Degree Courses

Some of the courses for Spanish majors and minors include:

  • SPAN 3308 Business Spanish
  • SPAN 3314 Advanced Grammar
  • SPAN 3347 The Art of Translation
  • SPAN 3348 Medical Spanish
  • SPAN 3370 Hispanic Literature
  • SPAN 3372 Spanish Film Studies


Though there are many reasons everyone should consider learning Spanish, and at least three reasons Christians should; a leg-up in the job market tends to be near the top of a student’s list. Learning Spanish will prepare you for any field that serves a population of Spanish-speakers.

Jobs for Spanish Majors

Becoming bilingual or multilingual will give you a distinct advantage in:

  • Government
  • Business
  • Medicine
  • Community service
  • Education
  • Social services
  • Ministry, both foreign and domestic
  • … and many other fields

Study Spanish Abroad

Studying abroad is an excellent way to improve your Spanish abilities. For a month each summer, HBU students from a variety of majors travel to Santiago de Compostela, Spain to study Spanish at the city’s university. They live with host families, go on excursions, experience the language in exciting new ways each day, and return with 6 credit hours of Spanish to apply toward their degree. We also have internships in the fields of medicine, business and church ministry to provide students with hands-on experience putting their Spanish to work.

Testimonials From Bachelors in Spanish Students

Here’s what some recent graduates have to say about learning Spanish at HBU:

“Throughout my time studying Spanish at HBU, I was amazed by the dedication of the professors and how available they were to us as students. They are experts in their fields of study and they know very well how to teach. After having gone through the program, I am now fully confident in my abilities to communicate in Spanish and I know my career options. I discovered the importance of Hispanic literature in the world, learned how to use Spanish in various careers such as in the medical field and in business, and I was able to learn alongside native speakers with whom I was able to practice Spanish, learn about culture, and make lifelong friendships. I definitely recommend studying Spanish at HBU to anyone who is interested.” — Nick Bostic, Spanish Major, BA 2014, Spanish Teacher, HISD