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Spanish, Bachelor of Arts

More than half of New York speaks Spanish and the United States's second-largest Spanish-speaking population after Mexico. A wide variety of career fields – including business, education, medicine, and journalism – seek candidates with Spanish language skills. For this reason, a major or minor in Spanish opens up many opportunities for you once you graduate.


Programs in Spanish offered at St. John’s University prepare graduates to read, write, and speak in Spanish, understand important aspects of Spanish civilization, and become familiar with Spanish literature. We encourage you to participate in summer study abroad opportunities in Argentina and Spain, where you can master linguistic, cultural, and social skills in addition to your coursework. There are also internships available abroad and through local Spanish institutions.

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Walter Petrovitz, Ph.D.

Chair, Languages and Literature

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  • Professor of Languages and Literatures,
  • Director of Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies (CLACS)


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  • Associate Professor of Spanish


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For more information about admission to this and other acclaimed undergraduate programs at St. John's, please visit Undergraduate Admission


The Spanish major requires the completion of 33 credits in the language.

The requirements for the major consist of the following courses:

  • SPA 3090: Masterpieces of Hispanic Literature I
  • SPA 3100: Masterpieces of Hispanic Literature II
  • SPA 3550: Civilization of Spain
  • SPA 3560: Civilization of Spanish America
  • SPA 3870: Advanced Spanish Grammar and Composition
  • SPA 4990: Capstone Seminar

You also complete 12 elective credits in advanced Spanish Literature courses. We encourage you to double major in another field.

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Global Approach to Education

St. John’s offers opportunities to study in Spain and Argentina in the summer and fall semesters. These programs are a unique opportunity for you to immerse yourself in the Spanish and Latin American language and culture.

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In your junior year, after you have completed SPA 3110 or SPA 3120, you have the option of completing an internship in Seville, Spain. Opportunities include positions at government offices, local universities, private companies, and nongovernmental organizations (NGOs). 

Internships and service projects are also available in Latin America through the Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies (CLACS).

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Spanish Honor Society

You may gain academic and professional opportunities by joining the Epsilon Kappa chapter of the Sigma Delta Pi honor society, one of many national honor society chapters offered by St. John’s College of Liberal Arts and Sciences.

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