Spanish Major | Baldwin Wallace University

BW's Spanish major links language study to real life, preparing you for an increasingly global society. 


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Department of World Languages, Literatures and Cultures

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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.


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

  • Career marketability
  • Effective oral and written communication
  • Critical thinking and analytical reasoning
  • Global awareness and intercultural competence
  • Cultural appreciation


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

Spanish for the Professions Minor

With the goal of helping students in any major build competencies in handling a variety of communicative tasks with Spanish-speaking people and communities, BW is offering a spanish for the professions minor. The new program includes optional service-learning courses as well as a broad range of classes focused on healthcare and other professions.

Become a Teacher


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


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.

Spanish courses are open to students of all majors. If you have previously taken classes in Spanish in high school, you will be required to complete a placement test prior to registering for courses.

Within the Department of Foreign Language, BW offers additional majors and minors in French and German. Instruction also is available for Arabic, Chinese and Italian.

The Spanish major prepares students to:

  • Communicate in languages other than English
  • Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of other cultures
  • Use foreign language in connection with other disciplines
  • Demonstrate knowledge of the nature of language and culture
Course Catalog

Course Descriptions

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:


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.


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.

Amanda Van GilderAmanda Van Gilder ’15 is management analyst in the office of academic affiliations with the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs. She holds an M.A. in strategic studies and international economics from Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies. From Akron, Ohio, she was a Fulbright Fellowship finalist.

Megan AvellanaMegan Avellana '11 is assistant director for international and graduate affairs at The Ohio State University Moritz College of Law. She holds an M.A. in international education from New York University. Study abroad enabled the Mentor High School graduate to develop the linguistic skill and global experience to launch a successful career in international education.



Full-Time Faculty

Karen Barahona
Assistant Professor
Ph.D., The University of Georgia

Matthew Feinberg
Assistant Professor
Ph.D., University of Kentucky

Adjunct Faculty

Elizabeth Hall
M.A., University of Georgia, Athens

Erik Heine
M.A., Cleveland State University

Pablo Gomez
M.A., Cleveland State University