The importance of studying the Spanish language is underscored by the fact that the United States is the fourth-largest Spanish-speaking country in the world. Knowledge of the Spanish language and Hispanic cultural diversity is vital for business, both foreign and domestic; health care; social services; international relations; politics; government; education; travel and many other fields. In addition, an understanding of Hispanic cultures, civilizations and language is a valuable component of a liberal arts and sciences education designed to prepare students for a future of increasing global interdependence as well as an increasing Hispanic influence in the United States.

Spain and Latin America occupy a unique place in the realm of Western culture in their blending of diverse religious, linguistic and intellectual traditions from the Jewish, Muslim and Christian influences in Spain with the diversity of Native American cultures in Latin America. Students majoring in Spanish at Hartwick will gain an appreciation of the linguistic and cultural diversity of the twenty countries in the world where Spanish is spoken, through an exploration of their literature, film, art and music.

The Spanish major at Hartwick is designed to develop facility in both oral and written language skills as well as to broaden each student's global perspective through a critical understanding of multiculturalism in Hispanic countries and in the United States. In addition to the variety of language, culture and literature courses offered on the Hartwick campus, the Spanish faculty regularly organizes off-campus study programs and strongly recommends that students majoring in Spanish participate in January term and semester/year abroad opportunities. Students interested in earning teacher certification in Spanish may do so by completing the requirements for the major, taking the psychology and education courses required for certification and student teaching in Spanish. A minor in Spanish is a valuable complement to any major and may be of particular interest to students whose major fields orient them toward a career in business, health care, social services, travel or education. A student interested in completing a minor in the language is encouraged to consult with a member of the Spanish faculty in order to plan a minor program which relates to the major. Students majoring and minoring in Spanish are encouraged to broaden their understanding in the field by taking related courses in other disciplines and in the Latin American and Caribbean studies program.

Spanish majors recently graduated from Hartwick have gone into teaching; to graduate schools both here and abroad; and have found employment in banks, insurance companies, social service agencies and many other fields in which knowledge of the Spanish language and Hispanic cultures is becoming increasingly advantageous.

Three-Year Degree Option:
For students majoring in Spanish, Hartwick’s Three-Year Bachelor’s Degree Program is a unique opportunity to earn a degree in three years. For more information visit the Program Web site at