Spanish Major & Minor

The Hartwick College Spanish major is designed to prepare you to become an active citizen. You’ll develop the skills to manage the complexity of an increasingly diverse environment, through the study of language, literature, and cultures.

Knowledge of the Spanish language and Hispanic cultures is becoming increasingly advantageous in many careers. The Spanish major at Hartwick is designed to develop students’ fluency in oral and written language skills, and cultural competence.


Where degrees in Spanish can take you.

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, in fields such as health care, social services, international relations, politics, government, education, travel, among others.


A closer look.

Beyond foundational courses, Spanish students are encouraged to pursue the study of literature, culture, and the practical application of language skills in specific fields such as medicine, law and social work. Dedicated faculty members, small class-sizes, and a supportive and engaged campus-community allow students to mold and direct their language studies in ways that best complement their learning goals.

Along the way, students’ perspectives of the world are enhanced through a critical understanding of multiculturalism in Latin America, the Caribbean, Spain, and the United States.


Beyond the basic.

The faculty in the Spanish program work closely with students, helping them find internships locally, regionally, and abroad in areas that connect with their various majors and or minors. Spanish majors and minors at Hartwick participate in January Term study abroad programs, which offer students opportunities to reinforce and expand previous learning in places like Argentina, Spain, Mexico, Peru, and the Dominican Republic.


Putting Spanish to work.

Hartwick language alumni thrive in rewarding careers, and study at some of the best graduate schools in the nation.

Hartwick alumni work for:

  • U.S. Department of Justice
  • Family Service League
  • City of Chicago
  • U.S. Department of Justice

Recent Hartwick graduates have been accepted to:

  • State University of New York at Albany
  • State University of New York at Stony Brook
  • University of Delaware
  • New York University
  • Cornell University

Meet the Spanish faculty.

Hartwick’s Spanish faculty are future-focused. That’s because they work closely with students who are meant for more. Students who will make a difference after they graduate. Hartwick students.

Virginia Arreola
Assistant Professor of Spanish
Ph.D., Indiana University
Areas of expertise:
U.S. Latino/a Literature, Hispanophone Caribbean and Haitian Literature, Diaspora Studies, Gender Studies, Cultural Studies, Critical Race Theory, Identity and National belonging.
Karina Walker
Visiting Assistant Professor of Spanish
Ph.D. Candidate, State University of New York at Albany
Areas of expertise:
Golden Age, Twentieth, and Twenty-first-century Peninsular Literature. Baroque and Neo-Baroque aesthetic in contemporary Spanish narrative, film, culture and politics. Nationalism, collective identities, and gender studies. Translation and interpretation theory and practice.

Three-Year Bachelor’s Degree Program.

Ready to move faster? Get the full Hartwick Spanish experience in three-quarters the time at three-quarters the cost. Learn more about the three-year program.

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