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"If I had any tips for other students who have yet to take advantage of this opportunity [to take the STAMP test], I would tell them it is definitely worth it! It saves time, money, and lets you focus on classes in your major by fulfilling this language requirement faster."

-Emily (Class of 2019)


The Spanish Program in the Department of Modern Languages offers major and minor programs in Spanish, Teacher Certification in Spanish, and an MAT in Education with an emphasis on Spanish. A regular rotation of courses are offered on the WKU Main Campus in Bowling Green. Many students of Spanish also develop their proficiency by studying abroad. Spanish can be combined with almost any other major to help increase your career opportunities.

Visit the Degree Paths page to see a basic scenario for completing a Spanish major in four years.


Why is it important to learn Spanish?

There are so many reasons to learn Spanish, we could hardly list them all here. Spanish is spoken by some 400 million people. According to, it is the fourth most commonly spoken language in the world. It is the official language on four continents, and the number of Spanish speakers in the United States is growing. Speakers of Spanish are needed in a wide variety of fields such as business, education, health care, journalism and social work. Spanish makes a great "second major" in combination with just about any other discipline that interests you. Our Spanish program provides you many opportunities to interact with Spanish speakers both at home and abroad, and to apply your skills in service opportunities.


Courses offered at WKU

SPAN 101 Elementary Spanish I

SPAN 102 Elementary Spanish II

SPAN 200 Latin American Society: Past and Present

SPAN 201 Intermediate Spanish I

SPAN 202 Intermediate Spanish II

SPAN 306 Experiencing Spanish Abroad

SPAN 331 Business Spanish

SPAN 370 Spanish Conversation

SPAN 371 Spanish Composition and Grammar

SPAN 372 Latin American Civilization and Culture

SPAN 373 Spanish Civilization and Culture

SPAN 374 Literature and Culture of Spain

SPAN 376 Literature and Culture of Latin America

SPAN 381 Spanish Grammar through Cultural Readings

SPAN 389 Internship in Spanish

SPAN 455 Topics in Hispanic Literary and Culture Studies

SPAN 470 Advanced Oral Spanish

SPAN 471 Advanced Spanish Composition

SPAN 476 Twentieth Century Spain

SPAN 490 Hispanic Cinema

SPAN 499 Advanced Studies in Spanish


Spanish Club

The Spanish Club meets regularly for a wide variety of activities – often creative or informative, and always fun! Often the Spanish Club joins other language clubs for food events or friendly competition in sports. Joining the club is a great way to find friends with similar interests while continuing to learn about Spanish language and culture. Contact Spanish Club Advisor Benjamin Johnson for more information.


Primary Contact Person

Would you like to know more about studying Spanish at WKU? If you have studied Spanish in high school, but haven't taken any courses with us yet, visit the Placement link on our web page to learn about options for getting credit for what you know, and for placing properly. If you are already in a course and are considering majoring, begin by talking with your professor. Once you declare the major, you will be assigned an advisor. Do you still have a question that wasn't answered by our web page, your professor or your advisor? Contact the Modern Languages Department at for placement questions, and Spanish Program Coordinator Inmaculada Pertusa  for departmental exams, questions about majoring, prestigious scholarships, and study abroad opportunities.

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 Last Modified 9/6/17