Spanish Major & Minors

Languages at Truman

When you pursue a Spanish major, Spanish minor, or Spanish minor for the professions at Truman, your studies will build on the three pillars of language, literature and civilization. With a Spanish major, you can also pursue teaching certification through the Master of Arts in Education.

Rigorous and Innovative Classes

Study the Spanish language at any level – elementary, intermediate, and advanced. Advanced courses in literature, conversation, translation, medical Spanish, business Spanish, linguistics, cinema, and civilization naturally cross over into your liberal arts studies at Truman to satisfy your intellectual curiosity.

Our low 16:1 faculty-to-student ratio means you’ll get the personal attention you need to succeed. Experienced faculty — not grad students — teach all of your classes, and tutoring is available when you need it.

Romance Language Wing

Immerse Yourself 
Hone your skills in a Spanish-speaking country by joining one of our many study-abroad programs – whether over the summer, for a semester, or for an entire academic year. Join one of our annual faculty-led trips to Costa Rica, Mexico and Spain in the summer. Our students also regularly live and study in many other countries such as Argentina, Chile, Colombia, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, Guatemala, Nicaragua, and Uruguay. See the Study Abroad office for more information.

Or speak Spanish every day without leaving Kirksville by living in the Romance Language Wing of Missouri Hall — a semi-immersion living option. You’ll be paired up with a like-minded roommate at approximately the same skill level for daily practice.

You can also join extracurricular groups such as the Spanish Club, Sigma Delta Pi (the National Collegiate Hispanic Honor Society), the Hablantes Unidos service group, and HALO, the Hispanic student organization. You can participate in off-campus immersion weekends, weekly conversation tables, student-led theater productions, Spanish film series, visiting speaker events and Latino dance nights.

Student Spotlights

Choose from Two Spanish Minors
Supplement your skills in another major by adding one of two Spanish minors to your degree:

  • Spanish minor: In addition to grammar, composition, conversation, and an introduction to literature, choose your own mix of courses at the third year level in literature, linguistics, translation, culture and civilization.
  • Spanish Minor for the ProfessionsIn addition to grammar, composition and conversation, take either Spanish for the Health Professions or Spanish for Business and choose your own mix of third year level courses such as Hispanics in the US, translation, phonetics and phonology, Practicum for the Professions, culture and civilization, and more.

Preparing for Lives That Matter
As a Spanish major at Truman, you’ll be well-positioned to compete for top grad schools or further your career in fields such as education, medicine, law, government, philanthropy, and the private sector.

Alumni Perspectives

Our graduates have gone on to study education, law, medicine, Spanish literature and linguistics, and Spanish translation and interpretation at graduate schools such as:

  • NYU Madrid Campus
  • Georgetown University
  • University of Colorado-Boulder
  • University of Connecticut
  • Kansas State University
  • Monterey Institute of International Studies
  • Pennsylvania State University
  • Yale University
  • University of Kansas
  • University of Kentucky
  • University of Missouri
  • University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill
  • University of Texas-Austin
  • Washington University
Salsa lesson at Geno’sSalsa lesson at Geno’s

April 25, 2017

On Saturday, April 9th, Drs. Andrea Nate and Sergio Escobar taught a $1 salsa lesson at Geno’s, the local 70’s dance club, with all proceeds going toward Truman’s brand new Club Ñ. The lesson was then followed by Geno’s monthly Latino Night, in which a DJ plays a blend of traditional music from all around […]

cooking demo for Club Ñcooking demo for Club Ñ

April 25, 2017

Dr. Andrea Nate recently hosted a cooking demo for Club Ñ. With the help of Dr. Stacy Davis and Spanish major and Club Ñ president Robyn Schroeder, students from different levels of Spanish were able to come together in Dr. Nate’s home to enjoy some delicious eats and treats that hail from various regions of […]

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