Do you have a passion for Spanish language and culture? Do you want to immerse yourself in one of the fastest-growing international languages? Major in Spanish for International Service at The Catholic University of America and give yourself an advantage in our multicultural society.

The Major in Spanish for International Service (SIS) is a pre-professional career-oriented program designed to prepare students for service in government or private agencies and business in Spanish-language related fields. In addition to providing a solid background in the cultural history of Latin America, Spain and the Hispanic and Latino communities in the United States, the major emphasizes the development of practical skills to prepare students for careers in international service.

 

Major In Spanish for International Service

The Major in Spanish for International Service offers an interdisciplinary approach to the study of the Spanish-speaking world. It is designed to provide students with a solid background in the cultural history of Latin America, Spain and the Hispanic and Latino communities in the United States. Students combine language, culture and practical skills courses in the Department of Modern Languages and Literatures with a practical immersion experience in a Spanish-speaking country.

Electives

  • Courses at the 300 level and higher taught in Spanish at the Department of Modern Languages and Literatures or transferred from study abroad.
  • One of these courses may be a 200-level course taught in English at the Department of Modern Languages and Literatures, a transfer course, or a course in another discipline. This course must be pre-approved by the advisor.

Education Abroad

  • Spanish for International Service Majors are required to spend a semester studying abroad in a Spanish-speaking country.
  • All credits earned abroad are eligible for transfer if the student is enrolled in affiliated programs. SPAN 300, SPAN 302, and SPAN 489, must be taken at Catholic University.
  • Under special circumstances may students petition that the study abroad requirement be waived. In these cases the department will consider summer abroad programs, approved cultural immersion experiences, or internships instead.

Free Electives and Distribution Courses

  • SIS Majors are strongly advised to complete the course work for the Certificate in Latin American and Latino Studies.
  • Students are also strongly encouraged to add minors or a second major in related disciplines, such as Art, Drama, History, International Business, Media Studies, Philosophy, or Politics.