Columbia College's comprehensive major in Spanish adheres to the State and National Standards established by the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages. Graduates have marketable skills that lead them into such fields as business, public affairs, and community service. Many students go into graduate programs and professional schools to pursue teacher certification, advanced studies in literature, and law. A minor in Spanish is also available for students who wish to develop their linguistic and cultural competency beyond the General Education requirements. With the goal of contributing actively to one’s global awareness as a responsible world citizen, the minor is designed to complement and augment other fields of study.
The Spanish Program coordinates study abroad opportunities in Salamanca, Spain and Cuernavaca, Mexico. Students may study abroad for a semester or a summer session. Majors and minors have taken advantage of this experience and found it to be life-changing personally and an unmatched means of developing communicative and cultural competence.
Major in Spanish
Program Coordinator: Victoria Sanchez Samblas, Ph.D.
A Spanish Major prepares students for non-teaching positions in which the knowledge and skill of Spanish are required. The need for educated professionals with strong foreign language skills has taken on great importance in South Carolina as the state’s demographics and economy have changed. The growth in the Hispanic population and the number of international companies based in the state drive the demand for second-language speaking employees. Columbia College majors in Spanish enjoy opportunities for full participation in a multi-cultural arena.