Spanish and Hispanic Studies (Bachelor of Arts)
Spanish is the second-most widely spoken language of the United States. And, when you pursue a Bachelor of Arts (BA) in Spanish from Creighton University, you can expect to learn much more than basic grammar and vocabulary, and you can specialize by choosing either the literary or the professional track in Spanish and Hispanic studies.
If you’re interested in international studies, desire to work with immigrant communities or like to travel, consider studying Spanish at Creighton University. You’ll have opportunities to immerse yourself in remarkable cultures, master the language and enhance your career options. We offer popular Faculty Led Programs Abroad (FLPA) that will give you the opportunity to live and learn in Spain or Latin America. You can study abroad for a summer, a semester or an entire year.
Spanish and Hispanic Studies Minor
The Spanish and Hispanic studies minor allows you to develop the linguistic and cultural proficiency necessary to work professionally in the United States and in all Spanish-speaking countries.
Employees who can communicate fluently in Spanish and understand the culture add great value to their organizations and are in high demand. In 2012, the median pay for interpreters and translators working in schools, hospitals, courtrooms and conference centers averaged $45,430 a year, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, and the field is projected to grow 46% by 2022, faster than the national average for all occupations.
In the past 5 years, Spanish and Hispanic studies graduates have gone on to:
- Business and financial institutions
- Jobs as translators, court interpreters and educators
- Graduate schools
- Jesuit Volunteer Corps
- Peace Corps
- Internships in Spain
In the past 5 years, graduates have pursued additional study at:
- Vanderbilt University
- Creighton University School of Pharmacy and Health Professions
- University of Kansas
- Ohio State University
- University of South Dakota
- University of Iowa
- Saint Louis University
- University of Colorado
- University of Nebraska-Lincoln
- Literary track: Courses in composition, conversation, culture, phonetics and literature provide a solid linguistic background.
- Professional track: Courses that prepare you to meet professional goals.
- Master grammar and vocabulary
- Discover the customs and cultures of Spanish-speaking countries
- Explore the composition and linguistics styles of Spanish literature
- Understand the role of interpreters in professional settings
- Spanish Club
Enhance your understanding of Hispanic communities and culture by joining the Spanish Club. Members have the opportunity to serve in south Omaha’s Hispanic community in after-school programs, assist with conversation and tutoring for entry-level students, aid with translations for the community and learn how to prepare foods that are native to a variety of Spanish-speaking countries.
- Spanish Honors Society: Sigma Delta Pi
Sigma Delta Pi, the Spanish Honor Society at Creighton, promotes excellence in the study, investigation and proliferation of Hispanic culture on campus. Sigma Delta Pi sponsors many of the Spanish Club events and hosts the annual “Feria sin fronteras” (Festival without Borders), to celebrate the diversity of culture in the Spanish-speaking community.
Cultural Ambassadors Program in Spain
Would you like to be a teaching assistant at a high school in Spain for an entire academic year? Students who are pursuing a BA in Spanish and Hispanic studies may apply to the program in their junior or senior year—perfect for students who combine the study of Spanish with an education major or minor, but this program is open to all Spanish majors.
Mester Summer Scholarship
Each year, a summer scholarship is awarded to a Spanish major to spend 6 weeks at Mester in Salamanca, Spain. Mester is associated with the Pontifical University of Salamanca, a Jesuit institution. The scholarship covers tuition (equivalent to 6 credit hours), cultural trips, lodging and meals. Faculty choose the recipient through a competitive process.