Spanish Major & Minor

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 healthcare, social services, international relations, politics, government, education, travel, among others.

Typically, graduates pursue careers as:

  • Public relations specialists
  • Proofreaders and copy markers
  • Interpreters and translators
  • High school teachers
  • Probation officers & correctional treatment specialists
  • Emergency services dispatchers


According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment of public relations specialists is projected to grow 9 percent from 2016 to 2026, which means there will be over 22,000 new job openings in the next decade. (U.S. BLS)


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

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.

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.

Hartwick is the first college or university in New York State to offer a Peace Corps Preparatory Program. The program prepares students for meaningful and successful international careers in global healthcare, business, and education. Students who complete the Peace Corps Prep Program are 70% more likely to be selected to serve in the Peace Corps.

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.

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.

Karina Walker
Assistant Professor of Spanish
Ph.D., State University of New York at Albany
Areas of expertise:
Spanish peninsular literature: baroque, twentieth, and twenty-first-century narrative, poetry, and film. Spanish cultural studies, women’s, gender and sexuality studies, translation and interpretation.

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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