Spanish (Literature and Culture Specialization), B.A.

Students looking to enhance their cultural understanding of the second most widely spoken language in the United States should consider the Bachelor of Arts in Spanish at the University of Nevada, Reno. The Spanish major with an emphasis in literature and culture offered through the Department of World Languages and Literatures within the College of Liberal Arts is an invaluable option to further undergraduate education with rich cultural experiences. The B.A. in Spanish provides students with a number of Spanish language skills including composition, culture and literature, as well as advanced grammar, conversation and Spanish film knowledge.


The Department of World Languages and Literatures at the University of Nevada, Reno also offers three Spanish minors with specializations in translation, language and society, and in language, culture and literature. The minor program is designed to provide students with a basic understanding of the Spanish language while giving them a taste of its history and culture. The Department of World Languages and Literatures helps students to master another language and immerses them in the culture of which they study. Students who graduate from the program are able to communicate effectively with indigenous people and are culturally aware of their behaviors.

Why study Spanish at the University of Nevada, Reno?

A language degree opens up numerous career opportunities in a variety of fields where language skills and culture are valued. In addition to broadening your life experiences and your view of the world, studying another language has been shown to improve your general communication skills, your cognitive abilities and your critical thinking. Spanish study on your transcript gives you an edge in any career choice. Among other things, Spanish study offers a gateway to countries that trade with the United States. To compete in a global marketplace and to engage an increasingly diverse U.S. population, major industries, multinational corporations and many branches of government seek employees who speak more than just English. Even small local businesses, without global reach, know that applicants with foreign language skills are better qualified than those without them.

Internships/career opportunities

A Spanish major will open up more career options and make you more competitive on the job market. The Department of World Languages and Literatures helps prepare students for internships in organizations such as these:

  • U.S. State Department
  • Government agencies (e.g., National Security Agency)
  • Embassy (U.S. & foreign)
  • Museums (e.g., Smithsonian Institutions)
  • Educational Programs (e.g., Summerbridge)
  • Consulting firms (e.g., Social Technologies)
  • Media (e.g., ABC Nightline, Dateline NBC)

In addition to going into teaching after graduation, the following areas are looking for leaders with a foreign language proficiency:

  • Translation/interpretation
  • Language analysis
  • Linguistics
  • Diplomacy
  • Civil service
  • Foreign service
  • Immigration/naturalization
  • Customs
  • Intelligence
  • Security and protection
  • Law enforcement
  • Journalism/broadcasting
  • Public NGOs (Amnesty International, District Attorney, World Bank, Google, Yahoo)
  • Language service providers

Check out the Department of World Languages & Literatures

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