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Spanish has become increasingly relevant in today's world, due to increased internationalism and ready access to travel and communication with people from other nations. Students interested in studying Spanish will find the opportunity to acquire proficiency in this language will enhance your understanding of the global community.

Why Study Languages?

"There is a correlation between high school foreign language study and higher academic performance at the college level."

"Research suggests that language learners develop a more positive attitude toward the target language and/or the speakers of that language."

One of the goals of a liberal arts education is to expand your knowledge base, and many students have benefited from language abilities in unexpected ways. Research reveals the academic advantages of sustained study of another language. Even though you might not later remember how to conjugate or use the subjunctive, you will most likely remember the cultural aspects of the language.

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Like to Travel?

Immerse yourself in the Spanish culture, outside of the classroom: 

  • Doane REQUIRES all language majors to study abroad for a semester, one of only a few institutions nationally that do so.
  • Several Interterm courses travel to Spanish-speaking countries.
  • Travel scholarship is available for study abroad or Interterm travel.
  • Internships are available, both locally and internationally (e.g. Panama Canal Authority, Barcelona publishing company, local medical clinics).


Other bonuses to being a Spanish major include: 

  • Language study improves general cognitive development.
  • Many Doane Spanish students have been approved for Fulbright scholarships.

Service learning opportunities are available in fields such as education, health, and journalism or broadcasting.

Learning Environment

Approximately 30-35 students are in the Spanish program each year, with 8-10 studying abroad during the year. Introductory courses average 20 students, while advanced courses range from 5-15 students

Small class sizes provide more opportunity for oral practice, as well as frequent field trips to area events and museums.

Spanish is used as much as possible in the classroom, incorporating the receptive skills of listening and reading, as well as the productive skills of speaking and writing. At the beginning and intermediate levels, interdisciplinary topics provide a framework. For example, students may learn about famous artists and popular music or films as they practice basic conversation and begin to study grammar. 

At every stage, learners are building on previously learned skills, with Spanish being used exclusively in culture and literature classes. Culture is a major component of learning at all levels, with equal attention to the many and varied cultures of Spain and the Spanish American countries. You are are required to spend a semester studying abroad to hone your skills through an intensive immersion in Spanish.

The community of Crete is also a laboratory for students who wish to practice conversational Spanish.  Students are encouraged to interact with local native speakers. Spanish film nights and campus festivities during National Hispanic Heritage Month and the Cinco de Mayo celebration are relaxing ways to "soak up" some of the culture.


View detailed course information

SPA 101 - Elementary Spanish (3)
SPA 102 - Elementary Spanish (3)
SPA 317 - The Teaching of Spanish I (0)
SPA 319 - The Teaching of Spanish II (0)
SPA 321 - The Teaching of Spanish III (0)
SPA 325 - The Teaching of Spanish IV (2)