In the Spanish program at Ouachita Baptist University, students work closely with a skilled and committed faculty to learn the Spanish language and to explore the cultures of the Hispanic world. Our majors and minors receive a first-class education that enables them to communicate in speech and writing. In a Christian environment, students are trained—through the study of literature, film, and the arts—to think critically about themselves, their cultures, and their place in the world.
As the Hispanic population in the U.S. has increased, the ability to speak Spanish has become a highly valuable asset in today’s multicultural world. Besides increasing the student’s cognitive awareness, learning a second language strengthens her/his critical thinking abilities. The more we learn about other cultures, the more we know about our own culture, values, and traditions.
In addition to being the focus of a liberal arts education, a major or a minor in Spanish can be the basis for other career paths and graduate studies. Some of our recent graduates are on the mission field in Central America, working in medical interpretation, attending medical school, serving in ministry, and teaching in Arkansas, Texas, Asia and Europe.
At Ouachita we believe that learning a foreign language and culture is, not only a ticket to better opportunities in the future, but more importantly a way to follow in Jesus’ steps: reaching out to, caring for, and loving the other.
To earn a major in Spanish, you will complete twenty-eight semester credit hours with twelve of those hours in the Jr./Sr. level including:
- SPAN 3133 Advanced Grammar and Composition
- SPAN 4133 Hispanic and Latin American Culture and Civilization
- SPAN 4817 Special Topics
To earn a minor in Spanish, you will complete eighteen semester credit hours with six of those hours in the Jr./Sr. level. One of those two upper-level courses
will be SPAN 3133 Advanced Grammar and Composition.
See Catalog for full course descriptions.
We also offer courses in German, Italian, Japanese, Latin and Russian.
Studying abroad is a great way to deepen students' language experience, and Ouachita offers many opportunities for international study through the Daniel and Betty Jo Grant Center for International Education.
The Grant Center offers summer and semester programs in countries including Austria, China, Costa Rica, France, Spain and many others. Visit the center online or stop by the office in Lile Hall 104-109 for more information, including a full list of study abroad opportunities.
The Grant Center is named in honor of Dr. Daniel R. Grant, Ouachita president emeritus, and his wife Betty Jo Grant. Dr. Grant served as president of Ouachita 1970 to 1988.
- International Business
- Non-profit Organizations
- Interpretive/Translation Services
A second language major will...
- Prepare students to become future teachers of languages
- Prepare students to a second language as a tool in their graduate studies
- Enhance students' work in the mission field
- Supplement other areas of international studies
- Encourage students to learn about and understand other cultures
Did you know that...
Spanish is the most popular second major at Ouachita Baptist University. Some of the most common “combos” include:
- Spanish/ English
- Spanish/ Speech Therapy
- Spanish/ Business
- Spanish/ Biology
- Spanish/ Communications
- Spanish/ History