Earn a Spanish Degree

Expand your opportunities locally and globally

Our Spanish minor complements any major course of study and gives students a competitive advantage with future employers. If you would like to build strong Spanish communication skills, gain cultural insight, and learn to work in diverse communities, our Spanish minor is a great place to start. Along the way, you will gain insight into the language-learning process, appreciate other cultures, and make connections with individuals from Spanish-speaking communities.

Within our private Catholic college, we help students collaborate with members of Spanish-speaking communities, both locally and abroad, and also offer the opportunity to experience life-changing moments. Visit new countries, collaborate within human-service projects and transform your perspective — all while earning college credits and learning to speak a new language.


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Spanish Department

Our faculty and staff have the knowledge and experience to help you prepare for a career in Spanish. If you need clarification on a class assignment or advice on how to approach your future, you can feel confident that our faculty is available and ready to help.

Career Outlook

While pursuing a degree in Spanish, you can expect a promising future. The interpreter and translation field is projected to grow 29% between 2014 and 2024. Our students are prepared to meet the expected demand for interpreters, translators, Spanish instructors, and more.


A degree in Spanish will give you the opportunity to work in a variety of fields and specialties. Here are some examples of potential careers and median salaries:

  • Assistant Professor, Spanish ($64,000 a year)
  • Bilingual Case Manager ($45,000 a year)
  • High School Spanish Teacher ($53,000 a year)
  • Interpreter/Translator ($45,000 a year)


Students planning to earn the Spanish minor are strongly encouraged to participate in our Guatemala Study & Serve program. This challenging and exciting cultural immersion experience expedites student development in language proficiency and cultural understanding, while also providing students with 7-9 credit hours of language study, local history, and culture.

Get Involved on Campus

One of the best ways to find success during your college career is to get involved in campus clubs and organizations. Within our Spanish program, our students can study abroad with the Guatemala Study & Serve program and participate in Project SONRISA (giving children in Guatemala the gift of a healthy smile) and Project VITAMINA (helping families who are suffering from malnutrition).

Program Outcomes

"I would most definitely recommend Newman. I was an undergraduate student, and I stayed just because it’s worth any amount of money because you’re a person there. You get to know everyone. I know so many of the staff, the faculty, there’s nothing like it."

Krista Greenlee, Class of 2016

"I learned more about Guatemala, the Spanish language, other cultures and myself and my own culture than I could ever imagine going in."

Ellen Traylor

Assist Prof of Spanish and Co-Director of Hispanic Initiatives
Division of Arts & Humanities
316-942-4291 ext. 2158
Office: MN312