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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.

To read about these and other findings:


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.