On Campus: Major and Minor available - Courses in Elementary and Intermediate Spanish are followed by a wide range of advanced level offerings in Hispanic literature, history and culture, language, and business.
Study Spanish Abroad: Further enhancing the Spanish program are the varied summer study abroad programs to Spain and countries in Hispanic America such as Argentina. Semester programs with the Universidad de Santiago de Compostela, in Spain offer more opportunities.
Service-Learning: Opportunities to use your Spanish skills in volunteer work with a community partner. Advanced Belmont Spanish students have worked at area schools, clinics, hospitals, and community centers that serve Spanish-speakers in the Nashville area.
Why Study Spanish?
Almost 300 million people in 21 countries speak Spanish as their native language.
After English, Spanish is the second most common language spoken in the United States. In areas like Texas, Florida, New York, and California, it is quite common to encounter people who speak Spanish and billboards, legal documents, and tourist brochures that are written in both English and Spanish.
Besides having opportunities to practice speaking Spanish in the U.S., a knowledge of Spanish will be of use in travels to Spain, South America, Central America, Puerto Rico and nearby Mexico. Mexico has already been a very important trading partner with the U.S. and with the Free Trade agreement between the U.S., Canada and Mexico (NAFTA) these economic relations are further increasing. Besides business opportunities, Mexico offers beautiful beaches, Aztec pyramids, Spanish colonial cities and an excellent exchange rate with the peso that makes this country very affordable for U.S. tourists.
For all these reasons, nation-wide there has been an increase in studies of Spanish at all levels. Studying the Spanish language and Hispanic culture is an excellent complement for studies in Business, Nursing, Teaching, Social Work, Theology, English or Public Relations. A Spanish major will prepare the student for any profession that requires a general liberal arts degree as well as graduate studies in Spanish or Hispanic literature.
Outside of class: Spanish students celebrate events such as "Dia de los Muertos" and Fiesta Belmont. They also go on excursions in Nashville to particiapte in some local Hispanic cultural events such as TPAC Performances, art exhibits, Hispanic movies, and theater performances.
Tutoring and Conversation is available with Spanish Instructors and native-Spanish speakers in the LLC.
Tertulia - Informal Spanish conversation hours are held during the semester for advanced students who wish to practice speaking in Spanish.