Cultural intelligence matters.

A major in Spanish prepares you to learn about and work with the Spanish-speaking 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.

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.

  • 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.

    Program Classes

    From personable faculty to one-on-one advising appointments, we have resources to support you in reaching your goals and being successful in your classes.

    See our sample degree plan for the list of classes you'll take as a Spanish major.

  • Global Internships

    All traditional undergraduate students complete an academic internship or practicum. This experience helps you explore your calling and gain practical career skills.

    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

    Humanities Student Outcomes


    of traditional undergraduate humanities students from the class of 2019 were working or enrolled in graduate school within six months of graduation.

    Importantly, our recent graduates also shared that they love their work. Of respondents, 50 percent reported a genuine interest in what they are doing.

  • 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

College Is About More Than a Degree

At Cornerstone, knowledge is about more than memorizing facts. Here, you will develop a deeper understanding of people, life and God. You will conquer challenges, grow in wisdom and make more memories than you can count.

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