Live in Spain, Chile or another Spanish-speaking country for a semester. When you’re not studying abroad, find ways to practice the language locally — intern at Faith Action International House, American Friends Service Committee or another group that serves the Spanish-speaking community.
Your knowledge of another language will distinguish you from other candidates when you apply for jobs, whether you are interested in education, medicine, law, business or almost any other field.
When you major in Spanish, you gain another language and so much more. You learn about Spanish-speaking cultures by reading famous books, viewing thought-provoking films and participating in contemporary cultural debates. Alongside fellow language students, you participate in conversation tables, clubs and more. Your vision of the world is broadened and deepened in countless ways. Perhaps most important, you spend a significant amount of time living in a different country, growing and learning more than you would have thought possible in a summer or semester.
The Spanish major consists of 34 credits at the 200-level or above (including at least one 400-level course, or two if you are completing a senior thesis). Majors must complete a 2-credit internship after returning from abroad. All majors are expected to study abroad with an appropriate Guilford program before graduating. Students planning to attend graduate school are urged to choose the senior thesis. All majors must meet proficiency requirements.
The Spanish major leads to a wide variety of fulfilling paths after Guilford. Some graduates have embarked on international adventures including a public school English teacher in Málaga, Spain; Minorities Global Health Disparities Research Program in South Africa; freelance writer and volunteer in Guatemala; and a water project coordinator in Panama.