The Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) or minor in Spanish is ideal for students who are looking to work and serve in our changing world. The program focuses on the acquisition of language and appreciation of different cultures, and multiple faculty members are native Spanish speakers.

Olivet's program stands out from that of other universities. One course within the major, Interpretation and Translation, is not often found in other baccalaureate programs. In this practical course, students can gain rudimentary experience in how to translate and interpret.

The United States is now the second-largest Spanish-speaking country in the world. Speaking and reading Spanish fluently is a marketable job skill. Students learn from Spanish-speaking professors who focus on the necessary skills and practice for learning to speak Spanish. The faculty also provides students with many opportunities to learn about the culture, lifestyle and values of Hispanic people groups.

Becoming bilingual in a global society is important and versatile for any career. As a Spanish major, students must take a language proficiency exam recognized by the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages. This is a national exam that certifies language proficiency for a professional level.

Curriculum Highlights

  • Students gain experience in interpretation/translation and complete a practicum experience in a local church, school or courtroom
  • Opportunities abound to use Spanish to help Hispanic populations in the community
  • Students of this major are required to study abroad where they:
    • Study language while experiencing the history and culture of the country
    • Have the opportunity to live with native speakers, fully immersing themselves in the language
    • Participate in mission and service projects
  • Advanced Spanish courses include:
    • Practice in using the language in various settings
    • Serving the Hispanic community in the local area as an extension of faith integration

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More than a dozen study abroad programs provide opportunities for students to study languages in the context of other cultures and countries.

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  • Social worker
  • Counselor
  • Educator
  • Missionary
  • Business leader
  • Government employee
  • Interpreter

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