Spanish (minor)

Our Spanish courses are designed to provide students with knowledge of the Spanish language and its various dialects, as well as the Spanish culture. The Department of World Languages provides the necessary tools to teach students to analyze important and classic universal literature, while placing a strong emphasis in Spanish Ibero-American and Latino American literature.



Available as a designed major or minor.

Why Spanish?

  • 1The Huffington Post reported, “By 2050, the US will be the largest Spanish-speaking country.”
  • 2According to the US Department of State, Hispanics comprise 16% of the US population, and Spanish is the world’s second most spoken language. Thus, having knowledge of the language can be valuable in any career path.
  • 3 According to Forbes, people who know multiple languages are more marketable and are likely to have higher paying jobs.

Careers in Spanish

  • Health Care Facilitator
  • Police Officer
  • Business Professional
  • International Consultant
  • Immigration Officer
  • Foreign Service Specialist
  • Foreign Exchange Trader
  • Teacher
  • Translator
  • Social Worker
  • Writer

Alumni Graduate Schools

  • Harvard University
  • University of Chicago
  • New York University
  • Duke University
  • Indiana University
  • Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Why Study Spanish at Saint Joseph's College?

Productivity of multidisciplinarITy within the language

The SJC Department of World Languages offers a minor in Spanish that not only exposes students to the language, but also to Spanish civilization, culture, composition, literature, and science. In order to be more knowledgeable of the language itself, our Spanish students compare and contrast the differences of many dialects of Spanish spoken throughout the world and in the United States.

Hands-on Experience

In addition to being involved with various internships, SJC Spanish students participate in field trips to see first-hand how the target language is spoken in different areas. Our students are also encouraged to participate in the World Languages Club, where members study different countries to find out what makes each one unique, experiment with new and exciting foods, and use art as a tool to learn about cultures other than their own. SJC also offers Spanish students the opportunity to study abroad through Central College, a nationally recognized study abroad provider, in order to enrich the practical day-to-day language usage, as well as the cultural aspects of the Spanish language.

Dedication to Excellence

Spanish courses at SJC are designed to fulfill two goals:

  1. To provide students with knowledge of the various dialects of the Spanish language, as well as the Spanish culture.
  2. To provide the tools necessary to analyze important and classic universal literature, while placing a strong emphasis in Spanish Ibero-American and Latino American literature.

Faculty and Class Size

Our faculty bring a unique blend of academic excellence and practical experience to the classroom. Class sizes are generally small, allowing students personal and one-on-one attention from their professors.

Ozana Paraga '16

Ozana Paraga '16

Major: History
Minors: Spanish and Education

"I heard about SJC from a college fair, and I continued to hear only great things about the College.  A small, close-knit community is something that I value, which was a strong factor in my decision to attend."

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    Like Elementary Education major Brittany Cooper ’12, you start your major as soon as you walk in the door, so you will have four years of knowledge and experience in your field.You can even change your mind about your major and still graduate on time with lots of experience.

    Core and the major work in harmony to develop the cognitive skills requisite for success in a competitive, global society. Students better understand the forces that shape the future by exploring the past. They discuss contemporary events; analyze the impact of science on our understanding of humanity and the universe; and investigate diverse cultures and world civilizations. 

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    Start Your Major Freshman Year

    Get a jump start on your career and have your resume ready to go at graduation.  

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    Small colleges offer you personal attention; SJC professors do more for you—they serve as mentors.

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    High Quality Academics

    The Core Program is all about you and your role in the world.


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    You get more deeply involved at SJC, so you get more meaningful experiences that prepare you for career and life.

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    Real-life Skills

    Get real-life experience and become an excellent communicator.