The study of a foreign language is an important component of a liberal arts education. In a world where most people speak a language other than English, proficiency in a foreign language allows you to take the fullest advantage of opportunities to understand the culture, history, and literature of another country. Spanish is the second most widely spoken language in the U.S.; another reason why a Spanish major can be extremely useful!
As a Spanish major, your first priority will be to write and speak Spanish at a sufficient level to allow you to participate in critical discussions as well as write critical essays. The ability to read sophisticated Spanish texts at a level at which literary analysis can be performed will come next.
You will also become acquainted with the history of Spanish and Spanish-American literature, and develop a familiarity of the major creative writers. Along with the study of literature comes an awareness of the social and historical contexts in which particular literary traditions developed.
Modern language laboratories and media are used to provide a basis for discussion. However, there is no substitute for close teacher-student interaction in foreign language instruction; therefore, most instruction is carried on in lecture-discussion format classes.