Students in class

When you major in Spanish you will develop a proficiency in the use of the Spanish language while you immerse yourself in the stories and traditions of Latin America and Spain. Develop your cultural competence as you dip into major literary masterpieces, cinema, comics, and other artistic and social productions of Spanish-speaking communities around the world.

Since language is crucial to the understanding of history and culture, your core courses will impart a grammatical, syntactical and cultural proficiency enabling you to adapt to an increasingly diverse world.

Whether you grew up speaking Spanish at home or you started studying it in school, we have a course for you:

  • Ecological Imagination in Hispanic Culture
  • Gender and Sexuality in Spain
  • Human Rights in Latin America
  • Twentieth and Twenty-first Century Spanish Poetry
  • Spanish-American Short Story
  • Advanced Translation for the Professions

Academics + Experience = Opportunities

Complement academic preparation with experiential learning, creating more opportunities after graduation. Talk to an academic advisor and a career coach about making the most of your time at Nebraska.


Four-year success plan
What to do each year


Major requirements and courses


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Transferrable Career Skills

  • Analyze and interpret difficult texts
  • Communicate clearly using different forms of writing to and for a variety of different audiences
  • Gain global perspective and high levels of intercultural awareness
  • Listen actively and facilitate individual and group communication
  • Develop a strong awareness of self and others
  • Compose convincing arguments and present logical information
  • Contextualize political, social, and historical events
  • Defend and discuss complex issues from multiple angles
  • Examine problems from multiple perspectives
  • Express ideas creatively


Experience is valuable and goes beyond the classroom. We strive to help you connect your academics with research, internships, education abroad, service learning and leadership experiences in Spanish, such as:

  • Interning with El Centro de las Americas
  • Learn more about internships
  • Serving as the Spanish CineClub president
  • Learn more about getting involved in student organizations
  • Volunteering with Lincoln Literacy to help native Spanish speakers learn English
  • Learn more about service learning


As a Spanish major you will receive a broad general education making you an attractive candidate for a wide range of career opportunities. When combined with interest areas, you will be equipped for pursuing a career in areas such as government service, business, the travel industry, journalism, law or health care.

Examples of Alumni Careers

  • Account Executive / Empire Inc.
  • Account Manager / Omaha Marketing Solutions
  • Auxiliar de Conversacion / Ministerio De Educacion
  • Bilingual Receptionist / Catholic Social Services
  • Bridge Design Engineer I / South Dakota Department of Transportation
  • English Teacher / Covent Garden English School
  • ESL Language Teacher / Ministerio De Educacion
  • Event Manager / Events Etc.
  • Sales Representative / Sandhills Publishing
  • Secondary Spanish Education Teacher / Teaching
  • Nayla Ruiz

    Spanish major Nayla Ruiz uses her education to help others, voicing Spanish translations of campus news for radio broadcast spots during Husker football games. She was excited to have the opportunity to create accessible content for Spanish-speaking people across Nebraska.

    Spanish at Nebraska

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