Develop an International Perspective

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.


Admission Requirements

Learn more about Rider’s application process.

How to apply

View first-year admission requirements, application deadlines and steps to apply.

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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

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

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Major 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.

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.)

How to Apply

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Engaged Learning

Learning by doing. That’s the driving principle behind Engaged Learning at Rider. It’s where theory meets practice, giving you the opportunity to apply the knowledge, skills and insights you’ve gained in the classroom to real-world situations and professional settings.

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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.

Study Elementary Spanish Abroad

Develop your basic skills in and beyond the classroom. Watch the video to learn more about SPA-102. An exciting travel course that allows students to improve their language skills while experiencing the world through the eyes of the other culture.


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Transferring to Rider

Interested in transferring to Rider for Spanish?

Visit the Community College Agreements page to see the community colleges Rider partners with and the courses that transfer for each major.


Spanish (B.A.)

Maria Villalobos-Buehner

Professor of Spanish, Department Chair

Languages, Literatures and Cultures

Fine Arts 354

mvillalobos [at]


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