With more than 400 million Spanish speakers, Spanish is one of the most important languages in our globalized world. Spanish is also the world’s third most spoken language, after Mandarin Chinese and English, and ranks second in terms of native speakers.


Some facts:

Spanish is the official language of 21 countries

Spanish is a language of business

Spanish is the third most commonly used language on the Internet (after English and Chinese)

Spanish is the second most used language in international communication, and an official language of the UN and its organizations

There are approximately 53 million Hispanics in the United States according to the Census Bureau

The Hispanic population in the United States is the largest of any country in the Spanish-speaking world except for Mexico 

Spanish is the second most used language in the United States

Spanish serves as the most commonly taught foreign language in the United States


Sources: Pew Hispanic Center and American Association of Teachers of Spanish and Portuguese


Globalization is part of the reality of the twenty-first century and speaking Spanish has almost become a necessity. Thus, the study of the Spanish language and its culture is quite practical. Given the Hispanic presence in the United States and the proximity of our Spanish-speaking neighbors in Latin America, proficiency in Spanish is increasingly advantageous and even necessary for numerous professions and careers. 

The Spanish area faculty members recognize the need to provide today's students with a broad education and perspective.  To that end the Spanish area offers three different concentrations (majors) as well as a minor.  The three concentrations are:

Hispanic Studies

International Studies-Spanish

A Certification Program for teaching grades 7-12 (More information and details are available on Certification-Only Secondary Program (COS) (Spanish) page at: