College of Liberal Arts & Sciences


What is Spanish?

In this major, you’ll gain mastery of the Spanish language while learning core concepts of Spanish culture, literature, and linguistics. Our program offers a variety of opportunities so that you can shape your studies to fit your interests. You'll have chances to study abroad, work with faculty, and take part in community service. This degree will prepare you to engage in a changing world where Spanish is a crucial language. The Spanish major is often chosen in conjunction with another major. There is also a Teacher Education option that prepares students to teach Spanish.

Career Options

  • Business
  • Medicine
  • Public service
  • Teaching
  • Translation

Post-Graduation Success1

91% employed or continuing education

57% employed after graduation

31% attending graduate school

3% volunteering

$44,043 average starting annual income

Sample employer destinations: Boeing, Aerotek, Teach for America View All

Sample grad school destinations: University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, University of Illinois at Chicago, John Marshall Law School View All

Review Criteria

First-Year Major-Specific Criteria

  • Demonstrated understanding of and interest in the major

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Transfer Criteria

Transfer Guide

Graduation & Retention2

5.0 years to degree

98% first-year retention rate

65% four-year graduation rate

82% six-year graduation rate

Annual Program Costs3

Illinois Resident

  • Tuition: $12,712
  • Fees: $4,928
  • Expenses: $18,222
  • Total: $35,862


  • Tuition: $31,832
  • Fees: $4,928
  • Expenses:$18,562
  • Total: $55,322


  • Tuition: $34,280
  • Fees: $4,928
  • Expenses: $18,562
  • Total: $57,770