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Global Languages and Cultures

In Demand

580 million people worldwide speak Spanish and it is the official language in 21 countries. Spanish is the second-largest native language in the world, the second language used for international communication, and the third most used language on the Internet. Having a Spanish credential will make you more attractive to employers in many fields across the U.S. and around the globe.

  • 60+ Million

    people who speak Spanish in the U.S.

  • Immersion

    many Spanish majors and minors study abroad

  • Double Majors

    most Spanish majors obtain a second major in another discipline

High-Quality Education

Proficiency-based Language Learning Flexibility Small Classes and Personal Attention

Our students are able to interact appropriately and effectively with native speakers of Spanish in real-life situations whether in the U.S. or abroad, after learning at proficiency levels defined by the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages and the Common European Framework of Reference.

Students can chose from a variety of Spanish classes: conversation, composition, culture (Latin America and Spain), literature, film and professional Spanish (business, health care, sustainability). Students also can obtain a teaching licensure in Spanish in conjunction with the School of Education and Health Sciences.

Students engage with one another in an active learning environment while being mentored closely by Spanish faculty.


Visit Campus

Interested in learning more about Spanish? We'd love to meet with you. Schedule an academic appointment by calling our department at 937-229-2142. You can also choose to schedule a general campus tour and admission presentation.

Featured Programs and Initiatives

Study Abroad with Spanish Faculty

Language faculty provide students with the opportunity to attend a month-long study abroad program during the summer and take two Spanish courses, earning six credits. Students are immersed in the culture, live with host families, enjoy excursions to area sites and further develop their language skills.

Exchange Programs

We have strong partnerships with other universities and organizations to better serve our students, faculty and staff. Our partnerships benefit our community through education abroad programs, exchange programs, research efforts and more.

Sigma Delta Pi

Sigma Delta Pi is the only honor society devoted exclusively to students of Spanish in four-year colleges and universities.

Career Opportunities

Proficiency in a foreign language is a valuable skill in today's global community. Demands for a second language are growing in the workforce.

Experiential Learning

Real-World Experience

Through practical learning opportunities like internships and co-ops, you can build your resume, gain practical experience and prepare for a successful career.


Department of Global Languages and Cultures

Humanities, Room 352
300 College Park
Dayton, Ohio 45469 - 1539


average class size of upper-level Spanish courses