Spanish at Lakeland University

Why study Spanish at Lakeland University?

The United States now has the second largest Spanish–Speaking population in the world.

There are many reasons to consider a Spanish degree from Lakeland University:

  • Our faculty provide you with a learning experience that can sharpen your speaking, writing, and conversation skills.
  • Our small class sizes mean you get to know your teacher, and can get focused, one-on-one attention.
  • Knowing Spanish can help you land exciting jobs in a variety of fields.
  • Studying a foreign language will prepare you to pursue graduate studies.

Lakeland’s Spanish program focuses on:


Have the ability to communicate effectively in a multi-cultural world while developing a better ear for listening and distinguishing the meaning from discreet sounds.


Gain a profound understanding of other cultures while fostering an appreciation for your own. Learning another language provides opportunities for enriched interpersonal exchanges and experiences.


Give yourself a competitive edge and distinct advantage in the global market.

Two Lakeland University students sit around a table and talk.

The Spanish program at Lakeland University endeavors to achieve excellence in teaching the language, literature, and cultures of the countries where Spanish is spoken. We offer a major and minor in Spanish and a number of elective courses in the target language. (e.g., Peninsular, Mexican, Transatlantic and Caribbean literature, Spanish film, Spanish for business, among others)

A Lakeland University student smiles while studying abroad.

Travel and Live Abroad

Make Your Résumé Stand Out

“Many of our students go on to teach Spanish,” says LU Assistant Professor of Spanish. “And a lot of our majors are, of course, coupled with another major. Obviously, that makes your résumé stand out from the rest."

“My goal is to really encourage students to travel and even live abroad. Students who make that commitment return as different people, people with a much better understanding of themselves, others and the world. To me, that’s so satisfying, because it goes far beyond just teaching them grammar. When they return, they’ve learned in so many ways they never could have imagined.”

A Lakeland University student teaches to an introductory Spanish class.

Unique Opportunities

Program Highlights:

  • The program encourages all Spanish majors and minors to put into practice what they have learned through study abroad or an alternate immersion experience. Costa Rica is one of our popular sites to visit.
  • We also have available Spanish tutors for our students. We believe that individual instruction is an affective method for really becoming familiar with the academic strengths and weaknesses of a student.
  • Students who want to teach Spanish at the elementary and or secondary level must complete the requirement for the Spanish major and education program.
  • Spanish students have numerous opportunities to learn outside the classroom. The program has weekly conversation groups in Spanish such as the Spanish Conversation Club, a friendly, informal gathering, where students may practice with native speakers. Also, students will have the opportunity to be part of the National Collegiate Hispanic Honor Society Sigma Delta Pi. Membership in Sigma Delta Pi gives students the opportunity to apply for Spanish scholarships, among other benefits.
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Experiential Education

Explore the World

Lakeland's Cooperative Education program will provide Spanish students with the ability to earn 12-18 months of full-time work experience, academic credit for their work, and a combination of scholarships and wages that will significantly reduce or eliminate post-graduation debt.

Cooperative Education

Ready to add Spanish to your studies? Contact Lakeland University for more information.