Spanish Fundamentals

In this age of globalization, study of a foreign language, such as Spanish, is understanding diverse, culturally rooted behaviors, attitudes and communication.

  • Comprehensive curriculum covers: 
    • composition
    • conversation
    • literature
    • grammar
    • civilization
    • culture
    • customs

Professional Preparation

With a background in the humanities, graduates can think creatively, communicate effectively and work with
diverse populations, preparing them to enter graduate school for careers in:

  • architecture
  • education
  • journalism
  • business
  • law
  • medicine

Our Faculty

  • are innovative and interactive
  • well-traveled


Akron Advantage

Real-world Experience

Studying abroad is an excellent way to develop academic and professional skills that will enable you to gain a competitive edge in today’s job market. While abroad, you will develop critical thinking, decision-making and language skills, and increase inter-cultural, political and economic understanding.

One of our most popular trips is our summer study abroad program in either Spain or Latin America. Students  spend four to five weeks immersed in the Spanish language and Hispanic culture.

Our students also gain practical professional experience through UA's optional cooperative education program. Through co-op, you’ll alternate semesters of work and school while earning a competitive salary.

Recent placements include:

  • Central Intelligence Agency
  • Walt Disney World
  • City of Akron
  • The University of Akron

Modern Language Student Organizations

  • Sigma Delta Pi (Spanish honorary)
  • Hispanos Organizados por Lengua y Amistad (H.O.L.A.)
  • Circle K International

Sample Curriculum


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For More Information:

Department of Modern Languages

Contact: Theresa Procopio

Career Opportunities

Degrees and Preparation

A degree in Spanish paves the way to many careers. Increasingly, there is a need for persons with foreign language skills in fields such as:

  • health care
  • journalism
  • broadcasting
  • tourism
  • law enforcement
  • social work

Possible positions with a bachelor's degree:

  • teachers, translators or interpreters

Graduates with advanced degrees pursue careers as:

  • university and college professors

Career Outlook

As more organizations establish themselves abroad, modern language graduates help manage everything from personnel matters to import-export contracts.

The global marketplace also translates to jobs in the media, high-technology, travel industries and more.

Modern language graduates with a background in scientific and technological areas fare especially well in the job market.

Career Services 

Career Services is located in Student Union 211, with another office in College of Arts and Sciences Building 126. Career Services provides career coaching and programming, and develops valuable relationships with employers and campus partners to provide students with many opportunities for experiential learning and career development.