Cultural intelligence matters.

A major in Spanish prepares you to learn about and work with the Latino community. It trains you to exercise cultural intelligence and demonstrate hospitality toward diverse populations. It allows you to improve in the four linguistic abilities, taking courses designed to reflect the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages' proficiency guidelines. And it empowers you to excel as a Christ-centered influencer in our world.

Here, we take a holistic approach to vocational preparation because the perspective and values you bring to your work matter. A required in-depth, off-campus semester study experience in Spain gives you the opportunity to experience first-hand life in a Spanish-speaking country. In addition, our expert faculty bi-annually teach advanced courses during January in Quito, Ecuador.

Why Cornerstone University?

  • Expect more interaction with expert faculty. At Cornerstone, we intentionally limit class sizes because we value relational learning and collaboration. This means you'll receive more in-class attention from professors who are committed to seeing you thrive and care about you as a whole person.
  • Expand your career options. Based on your vocational interests, take advantage of the opportunity to add an international business major or social work minor to your four-year plan. This further increases your marketability as a young professional.
  • Get involved in conversational language groups. On-campus study groups allow you to regularly practice, apply and strengthen your language skills in meaningful ways. In addition, they provide opportunities for you to converse with native Spanish speakers.
  • Overview

    • School: Traditional Undergrad Academics
    • Division: Humanities Teacher Education
    • Degree Type: Bachelor of Arts, Minor
    • Format: Residential
    • Location: Grand Rapids
  • Career Opportunities

    A degree in Spanish prepares you to serve in a variety of professions within fields such as business, human services, healthcare, education and ministry.

    Pairing a major in Spanish with a second degree track allows you to differentiate yourself among job candidates, giving you a competitive advantage. For example, a major in Spanish complements a degree in international business, social work, intercultural studies or ministry.

    Relevant Classes

    A well-rounded list of liberal arts and major classes prepare you to excel as an innovative, character-driven professional. And trained advisers provide the personalized, strengths-focused guidance you need to thrive as a college student and complete your degree.

    Download a semester-by-semester class planning guide. This shows how you can finish your degree in four years.

  • Global Internships

    100% of our traditional undergraduate students complete an academic internship or practicum. More than a graduation requirement, this real-world experience helps you explore your calling and gain practical skills for career success.

    With guidance from the Center for Career & Life Calling, our students land internships at trusted businesses and nonprofits around the world.

    • Hispanic Center of Western Michigan
    • Roosevelt Park Ministries

    Job Outcomes

    Cornerstone alumni are tireless in their passion to influence our world for Christ as servant leaders. You can find CU graduates building lives that matter at workplaces based in West Michigan and beyond.

    • David's House Ministries
    • Excel Charter Academy
    • Farmers Insurance
    • Reliant Mission
  • Job and Graduate School Placement Rate


    of our traditional undergraduate Spanish majors from the class of 2016 were working or enrolled in graduate school within six months of graduation.