The Spanish track at UAB teaches you not only to speak Spanish but to learn about the cultures, civilizations, and literatures of the Spanish-speaking world. If you study with us, you will learn skills that will enable you to communicate globally and also benefit you in your future career. Spanish, the second language of the United States, is an excellent choice for students pursuing a career in any field. Our students have gone on to graduate or professional schools and employment in the fields of business, education, government, industry, international relations, law, medicine, publishing, translation, and interpretation.
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What can you expect?

Learning Spanish is not just learning grammar and vocabulary; it is learning how to act in another culture, how to know a new community from the inside.
  • Diverse courses: You will learn Spanish at UAB in exciting new ways, using technology and focusing on communication. A variety of courses with diverse focus are offered at every level.
  • Professional interest: Courses for the professions such as medical, business, and translation provide the necessary knowledge to meet professional goals.
  • Education abroad: There are several summer abroad programs in Spain and Latin America that offer the opportunity to experience total immersion in the language and culture.
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Should you continue studying Spanish after high school?

Yes! Don’t waste your investment of time and effort; whatever you have learned is a foundation for further study. Stick with it. Use your Spanish on the job. Seek out opportunities to use it in your community. In college, take more courses and study abroad for a summer, a semester, or a year.

Will Spanish help your career?

More and more businesses work closely with companies in Spanish-speaking countries. They need many different kinds of workers who can communicate in Spanish and understand the culture. No matter what career you choose, if you’ve learned Spanish, you’ll have a real advantage.

Mr. Larry Bachus was the first Spanish major in the department. Learn how he used Spanish in his career to open up opportunities for success.

Are you interested in another major?

Typically, Spanish majors have more than one major or a complement of minors. Why? Because it allows you to craft an educational experience focused on the career you want. Our students have chosen double majors or minors in pre-health, nursing, education, anthropology, communication studies, business, and international studies, just to give a few examples.