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Why study Spanish at ASU? Because Spanish is the third largest native language in the world with about 600 million speakers and there are over 40 million native speakers of Spanish right here in the US. Geographically, the Southwest was part of Mexico and Spanish continues to be the lingua franca. Latinos are one of the fastest-growing populations. It is also the second most-studied language in the world! Would you like to join us?

As a student in the Spanish program at Arizona State University, you can learn not only the valuable language skills to be able to communicate effectively in the language but also fascinating cultural, literary, and linguistic topics that make Spanish and its people such a vibrant community. Being bilingual and bicultural gives you many advantages in today’s competitive job market and beyond. Many students who have finished a degree in Spanish find careers in:

  • Academia
  • Advertising
  • Business
  • Foreign Civil service
  • Government
  • Healthcare
  • International Business
  • Journalism
  • Justice Studies
  • Law
  • K-12 schools
  • Museums
  • Social Work
  • Speech and Hearing
  • Tourism
  • Translation & interpretation

 Spanish also makes a great concurrent degree because most Spanish courses can double-count for general education requirements and most ASU majors have between 30 to 60 open credits to use towards another degree or minor. Spanish is a very popular double-major with:

  • Health-related degrees
  • Law & Justice studies
  • Speech & hearing sciences
  • Business
  • Journalism
  • Women & ethnic studies
  • Social work
  • Engineering
  • and many more.

Having a language and cultural background gives you a leg up in both career and personal ventures. Employers appreciate the skills of studying Spanish provides our students: cultural competency, critical thinking, new perspectives, and problem-solving skills.

To find out what course is most appropriate for you, please take the placement exam. If you have questions or concerns, please contact the L2 program director, Dr. Hope Anderson. Or for Upper Division, Dr. Anne Walton-Ramirez, for Lower Divison, Steven Flanagan, for ASU Online, Daniel Vargas, for the heritage program, Sara Beaudrie

If you are considering a major or minor in Spanish come to meet one of our faculty or make an appointment with one of our advisors to find out how to get started with a Spanish degree! 



The Spanish Heritage track is especially designed for students who have primarily learned their Spanish either at home or living within a Spanish-speaking community. ThisTrack has been created to help bilingual students expand their Spanish skills and knowledge of their cultural heritage in a rich, confidence-building environment. 

Heritage learners’ needs are different from traditional second language learners, whom have not been in constant contact with Spanish while growing-up. We offer these separate courses as a recognition of heritage learners’ unique abilities and needs within our classrooms, and as a way to expand our Spanish speaking community at Arizona State University.  

How are these courses different than the regular Spanish as second language courses?

  • Classes focus on cultural heritage.

  • All levels of Spanish have a place in the program, from beginning to advanced.

  • Students share similar language and cultural experiences that are incorporated into the course materials.

Our mission is to promote Spanish language development and maintenance in the Southwestern United States. We believe that every heritage student has rich linguistic resources and a cultural appreciation that is welcome and nourished in the classroom context.

 In our program, SHL learners will be able to:

  • Expand their oral and written skills in the Spanish language
  • Build community with other heritage learners at ASU, and expand their Spanish speaking professional network.
  • Learn more about Spanish-speaking cultural heritages in the United States and other countries
  • Broaden their personal histories by learning about the cultural experiences of U.S. Latinos
  • Develop a critical understanding of issues surrounding bilingualism in the U.S.
  • Become prepared to enroll in upper division courses leading to a major or minor in Spanish

To find out what course is most appropriate for you, please take the placement examIf you have questions or concerns, please contact the SHL program coordinator, Dr. Sara Beaudrie.

Signing up for Heritage classes: Established ASU students may use the class search to sign up for SPA 203, 204, 315, and 316.


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Curran taught Spanish and Portuguese languages and cultures: Survey of Literature of Spain, Brazil; Spanish, Spanish-American and Brazilian Civilization and published extensively on diverse cultures before/after retirement.

Carmen Scales


"One of the aspects that I enjoy the most about working in a creative field is that you are required to have a broad cultural knowledge. The more steeped you are in culture, the deeper a well of resources you can draw from. And language is the best tool to access culture! Knowing Spanish and French—which I also studied during my last year as an undergrad at ASU—makes my world a much wider place."
Kiri Muamua is a Spanish Studies graduate of 2012 who is pursuing her Master’s in Public Administration at ASU. The skills and passion she gained through her first language studies have taken her across the globe, spending time in the Peace Corps after graduation before becoming a Claims Representative for the Social Security Administration. She hopes to start her next career path in international development after her graduate studies.


Los Diablos The purpose of this organization shall be to build a strong, reliable community, to portray the Los Diablos mission through action and service, to keep previous Los Diablos scholars engaged, and to encourage members to grow as leaders and take initiative.

Organizacion de la Lengua Espanola The purpose of this organization is to explore the Spanish language and promote cultural awareness and diversity of Spanish speaking countries and communities by providing a friendly atmosphere that invites students of all Spanish speaking levels to participate in various interactive Spanish speaking activities. Activities will involve Spanish language literature, art, and film, as well as community service. This club will also serve as a support network for students of the Spanish language throughout their experience here at ASU.


Spanish Honorary Society Sigma Delta Pi – ASU- Theta Epsilon Chapter includes Spanish graduate and undergraduate Students. As an outreach program, Entre Amig@s is Spanish conversation club facilitated by our graduate students that serves students of all levels of Spanish. This club creates a safe space for learners, heritage speakers, and native speakers to gather. We also welcome those who are not formally learning Spanish at ASU but are students who have an interest in the Spanish language and/or its accompanying cultures. Graduate students facilitate weekly in-person sessions for students to participate in various activities that prompt them to discuss all types of themes in Spanish.


Picnic at the Park

Is an event were all the students in the Heritage Language Program and TAs go to the park to celebrate our Spanish and create community. This day we meet at the park and TAs provide delicious food. We also have fun activities and games.


At this conference, the students enrolled in SPA 315, and SPA 316 present their research paper they completed for class. The students are required to submit an abstract, and once they are reviewed, they get an acceptance email to the Congress. This provides students a learning experience about presenting at professional conferences in Spanish. This is a free conference, and everyone is welcomed. Food is also provided at the conference. Most importantly, at this conference, we validate and highlight the importance of Spanish maintenance and developing more literacy skills in this language. 
The undergraduate student conference (Congreso de Estudiantes Subgraduados de Español por Herencia)

Study Abroad

Spanish Language and Mayan Culture in Merida, Mexico

The program in Mexico consists of five weeks in Mérida, Yucatán including substantial cultural travel in the Mayan region, in such world-renowned sites as Chichen Itza, Tulum, Xcaret, Celestún, Izamal, Uxmal, and the international resort town of Playa del Carmen in the Riviera Maya.

Spanish Language, Literature, & Culture in Spain

The four-week “Spanish Language & Mediterranean Culture” program is designed to give participants a comprehensive view of the rich and unique cultural history of southern Spain, with emphasis on its rich Arabic heritage. It combines features of a traditional study abroad program with visits to Granada, Córdoba, and a traveling seminar to Madrid.

Culture and Text in Contemporary León & Barcelona, Spain

Led by a native Spaniard, the "Culture and Text in Contemporary León & Barcelona, Spain" study abroad program gives students an insider perspective on Spanish society and a full sense of Spanish life and culture.

Peace Corps

ASU has a partnership with the Peace Corps.  Talk with a recruiter to learn more.

Teaching Assistant

Volunteer to be a teaching assistant in Chile through Centro de Voluntarios.

Check out our study abroad trips in SILC.


The ability to speak another language opens up more opporutunities for scholarships and fellowships. Take a look at our SILC scholarships. ASU also offers an extensive database for you to search through and find the right ones to apply for. 

In the Study Abroad Office, Shira Burns (shira.burns@asu.edu) oversees applications to programs. Study Abroad’s deadlines for applying for all programs are September 25th for the spring and February 15th for the fall. ASU financial aid is accepted for all programs on Study Abroad’s approved list.

Here is a list of a few scholarships specific for language:

Fulbright | Boren | Benjamin A Gilman International Scholarship | USAC Study Abroad Scholarship | Stohl International Undergraduate Research Scholarships

Fellowships and Internships

U.S. Department of State has a student internships program through Pathways. 

Thomas Perking Undergraduate and Graduate Foreign Affairs Fellowship

European Union Internships in Europe.

European Union Internship in the United States.

Cultural Embassador Program