Long Island Spanish Major

Long Island Spanish Major

Open endless doors. Prepare for your future. Get ready.

Tailored to both heritage and non-heritage speakers, the Spanish program at on our Long Island campus gives students the opportunity to succeed as Spanish teachers in middle and high school, and excel at jobs in business, communications, translation and interpretation, law, government and international relations.  

Benefits of the Spanish Major

Our B.A. in Spanish develops proficiency in the language, fostering an understanding and appreciation of the Spanish-speaking world’s diverse societies. The Spanish major progresses from intermediate to advanced courses in conversation, grammar and composition, through the study of Spanish, Latin American and U.S. Latino literatures and cultures, including history, art, music and film. Spanish majors also have the opportunity to study abroad. 

Considering that Spanish is the second most widely spoken language in the United States and in the world, a major in the language helps students prepare for an abundance of career opportunities.

The quality of St. Joseph's University’s Spanish program has been recognized in graduate school grants, fellowships and assistantships awarded to our graduates.

Mary Kate SteinbrecherMary Kate Steinbrecher ’20
Spanish Major with a Concentration in Adolescence Education

"Being a non-heritage speaker, it is sometimes difficult to learn about the more intricate details behind a language, such as culture. However, at St. Joseph’s, I was provided ample opportunities to be immersed in various Spanish-speaking countries. The Spanish program at the University allowed me to build on the foundation I had from high school Spanish, with each course enriching my knowledge of history, culture, art and literature. I also had the opportunity to visit Nicaragua and Cuba through faculty-led programs which gave me hands-on experiences outside of the classroom. Finally, I spent a semester studying in Salamanca, Spain, where all of my classes were taught in Spanish. I was able to not only visit, but also live and experience daily life there, immersed in the language I had grown to love so much."

The Long Island Spanish Major Experience

Non-Heritage Speakers: Are you a non-heritage speaker who feels passionate about languages? A B.A. in Spanish will give you the opportunity to develop and advance your language skills to become part of our global, translingual community.


Heritage Speakers: Heritage speakers have a first-hand knowledge of the language. Majoring in Spanish makes them academically proficient. Take your language skills to the next level while preparing for a career in a globalized world.


Expand Your Area of Study: Gain a well-rounded degree by pairing your major in Spanish with a minor that complements it, such as business, human relations, journalism and new media studies, nursing and speech communication.