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Department Head: Dr. Mary Sobhani

Advisor: Amber Bergthold

Phone: 479-788-7574

College Website: College of Communication, Languages, Arts, and Social Sciences

Department Website:  World Languages

Undergraduate Catalog 

Degree Plans: Spanish and TESL

Majors and Minor

The Bachelor of Arts in Spanish prepares students to meet the qualifications for certain employment opportunities in business and government service as well as graduate work in Spanish. Students will learn to speak, listen to, read, and write Spanish while studying the culture and literature produced in the country and in other areas where the language is spoken. Students will learn the importance of the language and will develop a sensitivity and appreciation for the Hispanic Culture.


The minor in Spanish is intended for non-majors interested in a basic understanding of Spanish language and culture.


The minor in Teaching English as a Second Language (TESL) expands on the existing TESL Certificate of Proficiency in order to give UAFS students another option for a minor.  It will be available to current UAFS students majoring in any field, and will give students the basic skills required in order to teach ESL in the non-public sectors world-wide. It will also enable them to more readily access higher education programs in TESL in the US. Students obtaining the Minor in TESL will also receive the Teaching English as a Second Language (TESL) Certificate of Proficiency.


The Certificate of Proficiency in Teaching English as a Second Language (TESL) requires 15 hours of coursework. By completing this coursework students may obtain the Certificate of Proficiency in TESL for the purpose of teaching English as a second language abroad."


What can you do with a degree in Spanish?

  • Translator
  • Educator in public, private schools
  • Educator in colleges and universities
  • Community recreation programs
  • Welfare eligibility worker
  • Interpreter
  • Foreign Service Officer
  • Customs inspector
  • Prepare for graduate and professional schools

Websites for Career Research

Why should you choose to major in Spanish?

  • Dedicated, highly qualified faculty
  • Study Abroad required
  • Small classroom size
The College of Communication, Languages, Arts, and Social Sciences is dedicated to the ideals of effective communication through the study of language, literature, speech, rhetoric and writing. By emphasizing critical thinking and problem-solving skills, students obtaining their degree will develop a broad understanding of the world in which they live and will demonstrate effective interpersonal, interpretive, and presentational communication skills.

Undergraduate Research Opportunities

Graduates are employed with:

  • Greenwood School District
  • Springdale Public Schools

Academic Clubs, Organizations, and Honor Societies


This program has received national accreditation from the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation.