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If you'd like to make Spanish a significant part of your undergraduate education, you might consider the B.A. offered by the Department of Spanish and Portuguese. The department is known as one of the top Spanish language programs in the country, with faculty who produce cutting-edge research and integrate this into their teaching.

The Spanish major offers studies at all levels in the language, literature, linguistics, film, and culture of Latin America and Spain (including Catalonia). The Spanish major will deepen your understanding of how people communicate and how language works and varies across the Spanish-speaking world, including the United States.

In addition to the major and minor in Spanish, the Department of Spanish and Portuguese offers a major and a minor in Portuguese as well as two semesters of Catalan.

Admission requirements

First-year admission standards

High school curriculum & equivalency prerequisites

  • 8 credits (semesters) of English, such as literature, grammar, or composition
  • 7 credits (semesters) of mathematics, including:
    • 4 credits of algebra and 2 credits of geometry (or an equivalent 6 credits of integrated algebra and geometry)
    • 1 credit of pre-calculus, trigonometry, or calculus
  • 6 credits (semesters) of social sciences, including:
    • 2 credits of U.S. history
    • 2 credits of world history/civilization/geography
    • 2 additional credits in government, economics, sociology, history, or similar topics
  • 6 credits (semesters) of sciences, including at least 4 credits of laboratory sciences: biology, chemistry, or physics
  • 4 credits (semesters) of world languages
  • 3 or more credits (semesters) of additional college-preparatory courses
    • Additional mathematics credits are recommended for students intending to pursue a science degree
    • Additional world language credits are recommended for all students

Average high school GPA

3.90 (out of 4.0)

Secondary school graduation requirement

You need to complete the equivalent of U.S. high school. Many education systems call this upper secondary school. It includes all course components and examinations required for graduation.

If you are homeschooled or attend an alternative school, you need to submit credentials that demonstrate equivalent levels of achievement and ability.

Demonstration of English proficiency

IU Bloomington requires all nonnative English-speaking international undergraduate applicants to demonstrate English proficiency.

For more information about admission requirements in each IU school, please contact the institute.

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Scholarships & funding

Several scholarship options are available, please contact the university for more information.

Tuition fees

  • Indiana residents: $11,332 per year
  • Non-residents: $38,352 per year


Through the major

The Spanish major provides you with a set of skills and qualities that are relevant and transferable to many areas of study and work. These include:

  • Regional expertise: Understand and describe several features of Spanish society and their variations in relation to cultures, literature, cinema, and linguistic variations
  • Language competence: Speak, read, listen, and write in the Spanish language at the intermediate /high level
  • Methods of analysis: Interpret information about and from Spanish-speaking countries through multiple disciplinary lenses
  • Critical thinking and source analysis: utilize both primary and secondary sources, evaluating cultural artifacts and texts in their historical contexts
  • Research synthesis: Gain skills to develop evidence-based arguments, assess the strengths of the analyses of others, and defend your own position
  • Communication and leadership: Inform and interact, both orally and in writing, with experts and non-specialists

Through a College of Arts and Sciences degree

Your coursework provides many opportunities to develop the following five foundational skills that will serve you well in every career path:

  • Question critically
  • Think logically
  • Communicate clearly
  • Act creatively
  • Live ethically

These foundational skills will aid you in landing your first job and advancing professionally throughout your working life. Not only are these the skills that employers say they value most in the workplace, they provide the best preparation for lifelong success in a world of complexity, uncertainty, and change.

Career opportunities

The significance of Spanish in the United States has been expanding for some time due to a growing domestic Hispanic population, increased trade and cultural relations with Latin America, and Spain's growing role in the European Union. It is no wonder that many U.S. students have come to view Spanish as an almost indispensable tool for their future.

The employment outlook for students with the Spanish major is generally positive. Students studying Spanish typically gain an understanding of not only the language, but also the history, religion, art, literature, politics, and economics of specific Spanish-speaking cultures.

Spanish majors cultivate a global perspective that enables them to make analogies, respect cultural preferences, and organize detailed relevant information. Using your Spanish language skills to communicate and adjust to new environments allows you to build bridges and be competitive in business, education, social and government services, and other fields.

Spanish majors take their education in many directions, whether moving directly into a career or going on to graduate or professional studies. Initial and long-term destinations for graduates include positions in many job sectors: federal and state government, industry and commerce, non-governmental organizations, non-profits, education, travel/tourism, interpretation/translation, medical, law, business, and arts/entertainment.

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Indiana University in Bloomington (IU) was founded in 1820 and is one of the largest universities in the United States. IU is one of only 34 public university members of the selective Association of American Universities. Its 42,000 students come...

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107 S. Indiana Avenue
47405 Bloomington Indiana
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