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Bachelor of Arts in Spanish

Why should I study Spanish at Barry University?

The importance of the Spanish language is an undisputed fact in our 21st century global community. Spoken by 400 million people, it is the second language of the Western Hemisphere. It is also the language of more than 22 countries.

At Barry University, Spanish majors will be surrounded by a diverse Hispanic community. Studying Spanish in a region known as the ‘gateway to South America' will provide unprecedented opportunities for students interested in pursuing careers in education, business, international affairs, government, law, communication, history and philosophy. And it goes without saying that our students can practice speaking Spanish every day – on and off campus!

The Spanish program at Barry strives for proficiency in four basic skills including listening, speaking, reading and writing, as well as a deeper understanding of the Hispanic culture. Just as the Internet has changed the sense of distance between countries around the world, the study of language will further enhance the way we transmit and receive information in all areas of our lives.

Knowing another language will not only expand your range of personal opportunities but will give you important job-related skills and knowledge for that competitive edge in today's job market.


Students will be placed according to their proficiency in programs especially designed to facilitate their learning experience as follows:

  • non-natives learning the language
  • students from Hispanic background with no formal training in the language
  • native speakers or non-native speakers with near fluency

Translation and Interpretation Specialization

The translation and interpretation major is designed to give students from a variety of backgrounds the opportunity to learn about theories, methods and practices for a possible career as translators or interpreters.

Goals of the translation and interpretation specialization:

  • Develop translation and interpretation skills in Spanish and English
  • Increase knowledge and understanding of other cultures
  • Enhance students' confidence in both languages
  • Familiarize students with theories, methods, practices and techniques to prepare for a career as a translator or interpreter

To undertake this major, students must demonstrate a minimum proficiency in Spanish and English at the intermediate-high level. Proficiency will be determined by examination.

Language and Literature Specialization

Spanish literature classes are offered to expose students to the major works of Spanish and Hispanic-American literature, and to the philosophical, historical, and cultural background of each work

In addition, all language classes have a required laboratory component, monitored by a specialized instructor.

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