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Spanish

Wisconsin Lutheran College's Spanish major is highly versatile, allowing students to study Spanish as a stand-alone major or in conjunction with other majors and minors, providing students with the skills necessary to work in a variety of careers, as well as the ability to interact with the growing Spanish speaking population in Wisconsin and elsewhere.

  • According to the 2010 census, nearly 13% of U.S. residents speak Spanish at home, and it is now the world’s second most spoken native language. 

    Understanding the value of educating students to be well-rounded Spanish speakers, the program seeks to develop transferable career skills in all Spanish majors, including:

    • High-level oral and written communication,
    • Translation and interpretation,
    • Critical reading and writing,
    • Human interaction and relations, including the ability to adapt to varying situations and cultures,
    • Appreciation and understanding of varying cultures,
    • Research, and
    • Language instruction. 

    What Makes the Program Distinctive?

    Wisconsin Lutheran College Spanish majors are required to study abroad as part of their education. In addition to the experiential learning of a study abroad experience, students are able to take advantage of several area programs, including Spanish tutoring, teaching Spanish through an area Futura Language Professionals organization, assisting the ESL program at Gethsemane Lutheran Church, plus various internship and service learning opportunities. WLC’s Spanish professors seek to provide a unique program that balances the needs of the school’s unique student body, catering to students’ individual interests and goals. The program fosters a tight-knit community of language learners, while asking students to explore those areas of language, literature, and culture they find most fascinating.

  • ACADEMICS AND RESEARCH

    Spanish Proficiency

    WLC's Spanish program seeks to demystify language acquisition by means of careful explanation, practice, and repetition. Language is broken down to specific communication goals to assist in minimizing student anxiety. Professors teach the Spanish language in terms of a set of skills worthy of development and refinement for purposeful use throughout a student's life. Small class sizes allow for flexibility and adaptation, providing relevancy to instruction, and addressing students' interests and career aspirations.

    BEYOND THE CLASSROOM

    Study Abroad

    Spanish majors are required to conduct an approved foreign study experience. WLC students are allowed to choose where they would like to study abroad. Recently, students have gone to Costa Rica, Guatemala, Spain (Sevilla, Barcelona, and Malaga), and Peru (Quito and Lima).

    Immersion Experiences

    The Spanish program provides students with many opportunities for cultural immersion. Students can work with the Hispanic community, especially within urban ministries and the ESL program at Gethsemane Lutheran Church. WLC employs students in WLC's Language Lab and as Spanish tutors. The Milwaukee metropolitan area offers Spanish church services, restaurants, stores, and events.

    GRADUATE SCHOOL AND CAREERS

    Graduate School

    Several WLC Spanish majors have pursued graduate work at area schools, including Marquette University, the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. A recent graduate is studying in Mexico, while another is at Johns Hopkins University in Maryland. WLC properly prepares Spanish majors for success in graduate school through an emphasis on practical knowledge and skills, strong academics, and experiential learning.

    Careers

    As the second most spoken native language in the world, it is understandable that Spanish speakers are highly valued in an array of fields. They are essential in fields such as social work, healthcare administration, government, law, tourism, education, marketing, ministry and outreach, and nursing.