BA Spanish


Explore the Hispanic world's fascinating cultures by learning the world's third most spoken language, with about 41 million Spanish speakers in the U.S. alone. Fluency in Spanish, coupled with critical-thinking and analytical skills, offers an unparalleled competitive edge in today's job market and our increasingly diverse society.

Program Description

Students pursuing a BA degree in Spanish have the opportunity to gain reading, speaking and writing proficiency in the language. The Tempe campus program offers two study options: the Spanish linguistics track and the Spanish literature and culture track.

The linguistics track provides an in-depth understanding of the Spanish language while the literature and culture track addresses issues throughout the Spanish-speaking world as seen through the lenses of Spanish language, culture and literature.

A Bachelor of Arts in Spanish is also available for ASU Online students; it combines courses from both the linguistics track and the literature and culture track.

Students are encouraged to contact a school advisor to discuss which option is best for them. Throughout the year, through study abroad and exchange programs, ASU offers opportunities to study in countries in which Spanish is spoken. More information regarding study abroad opportunities is available at https://mystudyabroad.asu.edu/.


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At a Glance: program details

  • Location: Tempe campus, or online
  • Additional Program Fee: Yes
  • Second Language Requirement: Yes
  • First Required Math Course: MAT 142 - College Mathematics
  • Math Intensity: General program math intensity general


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The Spanish Heritage track

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

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Admission Requirements

All students are required to meet general university admission requirements.

Freshman Transfer International Readmission

Transfer Options

ASU is committed to helping students thrive by offering tools that allow personalization of the transfer path to ASU. Students may use the Transfer Map search to outline a list of recommended courses to take prior to transfer.

ASU has transfer partnerships in Arizona and across the country to create a simplified transfer experience for students. These pathway programs include exclusive benefits, tools and resources, and help students save time and money in their college journey. Students may learn more about these programs by visiting the admission site: https://admission.asu.edu/transfer/pathway-programs.



Change of Major Requirements

A current ASU student has no additional requirements for changing majors.

Students should refer to https://changingmajors.asu.edu/request for information about how to change a major to this program.



Flexible Degree Options

Accelerated program options

This program allows students to obtain both a bachelor's and master's degree in as little as five years.
It is offered as an accelerated bachelor's and master's degree with:


Acceptance to the graduate program requires a separate application. During their junior year, eligible students will be advised by their academic departments to apply.



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Career Outlook

Knowledge of multiple languages and intercultural competencies enhance any occupation and offer graduates many career opportunities. Language-intensive careers include:

  • foreign correspondent or media professional
  • foreign service officer
  • intelligence officer
  • international business
  • language teacher
  • law and immigration professional
  • multilingual administrative professional
  • professor of language, literature and culture
  • translator or interpreter
  • travel professional

Career fields in which knowledge of diverse languages and cultures is valuable include:

  • advertising, marketing or communications
  • airline industry
  • film, television or multimedia
  • hospitality industry
  • hotel and resort management
  • intelligence
  • international education and study abroad administration
  • international law
  • military
  • ministry

Additional education or certification may be required for some career paths.

Example Careers

Students who complete this degree program may be prepared for the following careers. Advanced degrees or certifications may be required for academic or clinical positions. Career examples include but are not limited to:

Cultural Studies Professor


  • Growth: 10.5%
  • Median Salary*: $72,230
  Bright Outlook

High School Teacher


  • Growth: 7.5%
  • Median Salary*: $59,170

Translator


  • Growth: 17.7%
  • Median Salary*: $47,190
  Bright Outlook

World Language Professor


  • Growth: 11.9%
  • Median Salary*: $65,010
  Bright Outlook

* Data obtained from the Occupational Information Network (O*NET) under sponsorship of the U.S. Department of Labor/Employment and Training Administration (USDOL/ETA).



Global Opportunities

Global Experience

With over 250 programs in more than 65 countries (ranging from one week to one year), study abroad is possible for all ASU students wishing to gain global skills and knowledge in preparation for a 21st-century career. Students earn ASU credit for completed courses, while staying on track for graduation, and may apply financial aid and scholarships toward program costs. https://mystudyabroad.asu.edu



Attend Online

ASU offers this program in an online format with multiple enrollment sessions throughout the year. Applicants may view the program description and request more information here.



Program Contact Information

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