Where will Spanish take you?

Advanced proficiency in Spanish is highly valued given the hundreds of millions of Spanish speaking people in the world and the fact that Spanish is the second most used language in the United States. Experience with world cultures and languages makes graduates more adaptable and better prepared to meet the challenges of a global and increasingly diverse job market.

The Bachelor of Arts in Modern Language, with an Emphasis in Spanish is designed to provide specialized knowledge, skills and training in a flexible format, with classes available in person, online and in a hybrid format. You’ll learn from highly qualified educators and researchers who hold terminal degrees from some of the world’s most prestigious academic institutions.


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The Bachelor of Arts in Modern Language -

Spanish Emphasis

The Bachelor of Arts in Modern Language, with an Emphasis in Spanish develops linguistically and culturally competent and ready-to-be global citizens. We offer a broad range of coursework in Spanish, from foundational courses in language and culture to courses focused on literature, linguistics, creative writing and professions, all aimed at developing competencies for the 21st century. We encourage study abroad through our short-term faculty-led programs in Costa Rica and Barcelona, as well as through year-long programs in partner institutions.

The dedicated Modern Language faculty engages learners in and out of the classroom. Expect a challenging, collaborative, and interactive environment in every course. Students are part of a larger learning community connected through our conversation group, numerous activities and study abroad experiences.

Outcomes and Career Outlook

Upon completion of the BA in Modern Language, with an Emphasis in Spanish, graduates will possess the necessary linguistic and cultural competencies to interact with native speakers in culturally appropriate ways; use the target language in a variety of academic, social and professional situations and have a rich understanding of the target cultures; be able to critically explore their own assumptions, value alternative perspectives and act with cultural sensitivity; meet the challenges of a globalized world and continue developing their skills as lifelong learners.

Employment of interpreters and translators is projected to grow up to 20% to 2029, with a median annual salary of $63,000, according to wage and employment data from the US Bureau of Labor Statistics and Payscale.com.


Median annual salary


Employment growth by 2029

Career Opportunities

  • Logistics Manager
  • Distribution Officer
  • Foreign Correspondent
  • Foreign Service Officer
  • Health Care Professional
  • Immigration Specialist
  • International Business Coordinator
  • International Relations Consultant
  • International Travel Abroad or Study Coordinator
  • Interpreter/Translator
  • Law Enforcement Official


Plan of study


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Non-Missouri Residents: Prospective students are responsible for reviewing the  NC-SARA state authorizations page to see if this program is offered in their state throughout their program and to review the licensure or certification requirements for the state in which they reside.

Student organizations

Make new friends and learn new skills by joining one of our Recognized Student Organizations. Here are several opportunities you may be interested in as a Spanish major:

Honors College

The UMSL Honors College is a certificate program that can be paired with any major without adding extra classes or extending time to graduate. Classes in the Honors College are seminar-style, meaning that they are based in reading, writing, discussion, and critical thinking. This unique class format fosters an intellectual climate centered around democracy, diversity, civility and academic excellence.

Undergraduate research

We encourage and support students as they engage in exciting activities in and outside of the classroom that enrich their academic and professional understanding of their chosen area of study. All majors are encouraged to participate in Undergraduate Research and Scholarship to produce discipline-specific intellectual or creative innovations to their field.