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Languages and Ethnic Studies

Languages and Ethnic Studies
Hagg-Sauer 300
1500 Birchmont Drive NE #23
Bemidji, Mn 56601-2699

Office: (218) 755-2880
Fax: (218) 755-2822


Spanish is the second most natively spoken language in the world with more than 400 million speakers. Over 20 million residents of the U.S. have Spanish as a primary language. It is the official language for 15 countries.

The undergraduate major in Spanish is built on coursework in Spanish and Spanish American literature and culture and in Spanish linguistics, while also providing continuing courses in language skills. The goal of the major program is: (i) to study content areas related to the Spanish language, such as literature, culture and linguistics, and (ii) to continue developing proficiency in the Spanish language in all four skills: speaking, listening, reading, writing. 

Students majoring in Spanish may go on to graduate study in areas such as Spanish and Spanish American or Spanish literature, comparative literature, or Hispanic linguistics. They may combine their Spanish studies with other areas to prepare for career opportunities in international business, government, travel or communications, where knowledge of a foreign language and of foreign cultures is essential.

They may also take coursework in the program in secondary education in the Department of Education to prepare for positions in high school teaching. Finally, a major in Spanish complements other majors or minors in the humanities or in the social sciences, or may be combined with work in a certificate program such as a Latin American Studies Program or a International Business Certificate Program.

 A complete listing of departmental courses can be found in the Bemidji State University General Catalog.