Spanish majors explore the language and rich cultures of the Spanish-speaking world.
A LANGUAGE WITHOUT LIMITS?
We have a very diverse student body, which helps a great deal with language practice and cultural learning. Some have had no Spanish, others had a bit in high school and some are heritage speakers who grew up with the language. We make everyone feel at home.
Immerse yourself in the language and culture while interacting with host families and other Spanish speakers. Many students participate in Drew’s four-week Intensive Language and Culture summer program in Barcelona.
Others go on short-term faculty-lead travel seminars to places like Puerto Rico and Ecuador. Or study for a full semester in a Spanish-speaking country where you can customize your experience: study race issues in the Dominican Republic, environmental science in Costa Rica or music in Argentina.
Supporting each student’s personal interests is a major objective for us. What do you care about in addition to Spanish? We’ve had (and encourage) double majors in many different departments, from sciences to humanities to arts.
Careers Made easy
An understanding of Spanish is essential not only to maintain and improve our cultural and economic ties with the 20 countries where Spanish is the official language, but also to learn about and appreciate the culture of approximately 50 million Hispanics living in the U.S.
Occupations that serve broad U.S. populations—from health care to education to business and marketing—need Spanish speakers with strong, broad liberal arts skills.
We help you get internships where you can use your language skills, working with Spanish speakers in schools, hospitals or other organizations, here in the States or overseas. Employers like to see these kinds of practical experiences on résumés.
I am a native Spanish speaker, and I never thought of Spanish as a major. After taking a couple of classes, I fell in love with the language again. I took grammar and literature courses, and loved it.
I now know that I want my future profession to be multilingual. I studied abroad twice in Spain, and it’s helped me respect other societies’ ways.
I’m working on a research project about the impact of the social policies of the Bolivarian Revolution on the women of Venezuela. I also write and publish short stories here and in Latin America.
Ph.D., New York University
Professor & chair
I direct the Barcelona Summer Language and Culture intensive program. My great passions are Spanish film and linguistic theories.
Ph.D., University of Barcelona
Raúl Rosales Herrera
In addition to autobiography and self-representation, my research examines popular culture and melodramatic modalities in the Spanish-speaking world. I am also a proud Drew alumnus.
Ph.D., Columbia University
I teach a community-based learning course where students put their Spanish to work tutoring at a nonprofit serving new immigrants. I’m also working on a book manuscript stemming from my research with immigrant day laborers In Arizona.
Ph.D., University of Arizona
I study migrations and diasporas in contemporary Hispanic literature and film in the context of globalization. Off-campus, I enjoy spending time with the sweetest and cutest kids in the world (my grandchildren).
Ph.D., New York University
- ESL teacher
Thurgood Marshall Elementary School, Asbury Park, N.J.
- Graduate student, social psychology
University of Michigan
- Travel consultant
Kintetsu International, New York City
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My Favorite Course
“I helped teach English to day laborers at the Neighborhood House in Morristown, N.J. It was amazing. For a year I was able to practice my Spanish skills outside the class setting.”
Gustavo Gonzalez on Service Learning and Translation