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Spanish at Westminster College

For Spanish major and minor requirements, please visit the course catalog.

Why Study Spanish at Westminster?

In the United States, being fluent in Spanish is an invaluable asset for any career path. The Department of Foreign Languages and Literature seeks to develop in its students advanced communication skills, as well as critical and innovative thinking. We are committed to preparing our students for the complexity and challenges of life in a global society. The students who major or minor in Spanish are exposed to different aspects of the Hispanic world through high quality courses on culture, literature, politics, translation, art, business, and history (taught in Spanish).

Spanish Major

The Spanish major consists of 30 hours of study beyond the elementary level. A student can major in Spanish beginning with Spanish 101 in four years. There are six mandatory courses (18 credits) and four electives (12 credits).

Information on a Spanish Minor at Westminster

Study Abroad

The Spanish Program has several successful study abroad opportunities for our students. There are fall, spring, and summer study abroad programs in Oviedo, Spain; Quito, Ecuador; and Viña del Mar, Chile. Students live with Spanish, Ecuadorian, or Chilean host-families and actively engage in language-learning both in and outside of the classroom. The Department also actively helps students to find post-study abroad opportunities, such as business internships in Spain, volunteering or interning at medical clinics in Peru, teaching English at an orphanage for girls in Mexico, or interning at law firms in Chile or Ecuador. The Department highly recommends that Spanish majors and minors participate in a study abroad or post-study abroad program.

Career Opportunities

Students who study Spanish at Westminster are employed in fields as varied as education, business, marketing, accounting, government, NGOs, and healthcare. Many have testified that their language-ability has helped them advance in their careers. Other students have gone on to graduate school, to medical school, and to law school. Having the ability to communicate in another language is undoubtedly a desirable skill in today’s job market.

What You Can Do With This Degree

Teacher Certification

Students who wish to obtain certification in secondary education must complete the major in Spanish and take all the required classes in the Education Department, including EDU 400 (Methodologies of Teaching a Foreign Language).

Other Experiences

There is a Spanish Club and an academic fraternity, Sigma Delta Pi. Both organizations give students the opportunity to speak Spanish outside of the classroom. The International Club on campus also exposes students to the countries of our international students, many of whom come from Central America, South America, and Mexico.

Student Quote

“A value certainly cannot be placed on the numerous advantages of learning to speak a second language like Spanish, especially given the current population trends. With Westminster’s stellar faculty in the Spanish Department, learning the language was not only incredibly fun, but also readily achievable with their guidance and assistance.” Clayton Jordan, ’09.

Contact Information

Name: Heriberto DelPorto
Position: Professor of Spanish
Office: Room 41, Newnham Hall
Email: Heriberto.DelPorto@westminster-mo.edu
Phone: 573-592-5267

Name: Ingrid Ilinca
Position: Chair of the Department of Foreign Languages & Literature
Office: Room 36, Newnham Hall
Email: ingrid.ilinca@westminster-mo.edu
Phone: 573-592-5323

Meet the Faculty

Heriberto Del Porto, Professor of Spanish
Enrique Salas-Durazo, Assistant Professor of Spanish

Spanish Major News

Check out what Westminster Spanish major students and alums are doing and get department updates.
Spanish Major News

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