Program overview

In today’s globalizing world, the study of a second language is crucial. Prepare to take your place in the global and multicultural marketplace by gaining a strong, practical foundation in the Spanish language, and in the literature and cultures of the Spanish-speaking world.

You’ll hone your oral and written skills through close faculty advising and engagement, immersive study abroad experiences and access to our Foreign Language Media Center.

From plan to potential

Majoring in Spanish will open the door to a multitude of careers. The need for bilingual professionals exists in every field. Graduating with a foreign language degree in Spanish will open the door to a multitude of careers.

Common careers:

  • Business: International relations, international law, foreign liaison/representative
  • Communications: Writer/journalist, foreign correspondent, PR, marketing, publishing
  • Government: Civil service, intelligence, law enforcement, translator/interpreter
  • Education: Bilingual educator, K-12 Spanish teacher, college professor
  • Travel and tourism: Airport personnel, flight attendant, hotel/restaurant management
  • Social service: Health care, social work/caseworker, nonprofit opportunities
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Program requirements

Our program encompasses a broad study in Spanish composition and translation, phonetics and conversation, and the cultures and literatures of the Spanish-speaking world.

Facts and figures



study abroad programs available at Rider


of U.S. employers say their second language demand will increase in the next five years


of U.S. employers report that Spanish is the most in-demand second language

Joana Pirela de De Gregorio Class of 2022
The Spanish program has made me value, even more, my heritage, and my abilities to communicate with others in a language other than English.
Joana Pirela de De Gregorio '22
Spanish (B.A.)

Immerse yourself in culture

Gain insight into the diverse, cultural world we live in through rich experiences that take your education beyond the classroom. Spanish majors enjoy immersive study abroad and co-curricular opportunities that supplement their learning and allow them to apply the concepts and theories learned in the academic setting to the real world.


Financial aid resources

Learn more about financial aid, tuition and the various options we offer to make your college education affordable.


Spanish (B.A.)

Elizabeth Scheiber

Professor, Department Chair

Department of Languages, Literatures and Cultures

Fine Arts

escheiber [at]


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