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The native language of 400 million people across the world, Spanish is a culturally enriching and academically enhancing program of study. It is an outstanding major for students preparing for an increasingly global society.

A Spanish major builds competencies in reading, writing, speaking and language comprehension. Coursework includes literature, cultural history, civilization and contemporary lifestyles of Spanish and Latin Americans.

Baldwin Wallace's practical approach links rigorous language study to real life. You'll learn to view the world through a diverse cultural lens as you probe current events, intercultural communication and sensitivities, as well as other topics.

Experiential learning is central to the program. You can attend cultural events and culinary field trips, join student organizations and participate in a Spanish language table (La Tertulia).

Study abroad offers outstanding opportunities for year-long, semester, six- or two-week immersion experiences. Spain, South America and Latin America are some of the options available to you.

Also complementary to your coursework are internships, independent study projects, service-learning activities and co-curricular involvement.

Interested in Becoming a Teacher?

If you would like to become a Spanish teacher, BW has an outstanding teacher education program.

Study of Foreign Language Boosts Skills

Benefits of learning a foreign language are multi-fold and include:

Effective oral and written communication

Beyond fostering competencies in foreign language, you can develop communication skills applicable to any discipline.

Critical thinking and analytical reasoning

Reading and translation can enhance your ability to use logic and recognize how meaning is determined by context. It also can build problem-solving proficiencies and an ability to understand abstract ideas.

Global awareness and sensitivity

Learning about other cultures and studying abroad can help you better respect and appreciate people with different traditions, customs and values. You can gain confidence and adaptability skills through immersion in a different culture.

Cultural richness

Speaking another language can open doors to art, literature, music, film, fashion, food and many other aspects of a new culture.

Career marketability

Knowledge of a foreign language can set you apart from monolingual job candidates.

Enriching BW's International Presence

A new BW partnership with LADO Enterprises, Inc. will enrich the campus with an even greater international, intercultural presence. The partnership unites BW and LADO in welcoming international students to campus for classes in English as a Second Language.

Career Opportunities

Government, education, business and nonprofit sectors seek individuals who are fluent in two or more languages. Examples of positions include:

  • Teacher
  • Linguist/interpreter
  • Foreign service employee
  • Import/export manager
  • Customs enforcement officer
  • Curator/archivist
  • Travel industry employee


Offered as a major and minor, Spanish blends comprehensive coursework with dynamic practical application.

It is an outstanding companion major or minor to other disciplines, including international studies, business, communication, sociology and political science.

Within the foreign language department, BW offers additional majors and minors in French and German. Instruction also is available for Arabic, Chinese and Italian.

Placement in Foreign Language

All students are required to take a placement test to determine the appropriate entry point into the study of a foreign language. Placement tests are offered prior to course registration as part of BW's new student orientation.

Course descriptions, requirements for the major and additional information can be found in the University Catalog.


Experiential learning bridges classroom study with real-world opportunities. You can enhance your studies through internships, co-curricular activities and other learning opportunities that include:

Student Clubs & Organizations

Spanish Club
Open to all students, the club represents the cultures of Spanish-speaking countries to the campus community. Other BW foreign language clubs include the French Club, German Club, Italian Club and Middle Eastern Culture Club.

Hispanic American Student Association (HASA)
Open to all students, HASA promotes awareness and appreciation of Hispanic culture through educational and social opportunities.

Language Tables
Language tables are a great opportunity to practice your foreign language skills outside the classroom. All language levels are welcomed.

International Film Series
An annual event on campus, the International Film Series showcases films representing a variety of cultures.


At Baldwin Wallace, you’ll experience personal and professional growth in a supportive community that challenges and inspires you to succeed.

Baldwin Wallace has long championed the success of its students. Evidence of this can be seen in the extraordinary achievements of its alumni spread throughout the United States and the world.

Among recent accolades, 92 percent of graduates from the Class of 2014 reported being in rewarding jobs or in graduate school studies within six months after graduation.