Department of Foreign Languages & Literatures
The native language of 400 million people across the world, Spanish is a culturally enriching and academically enhancing program of study. It is an outstanding major for students preparing for an increasingly global society.
A Spanish major builds competencies in reading, writing, speaking and language comprehension. Coursework includes literature, cultural history, civilization and contemporary lifestyles of Spanish and Latin Americans.
Baldwin Wallace's practical approach links rigorous language study to real life. You'll learn to view the world through a diverse cultural lens as you probe current events, intercultural communication and sensitivities, as well as other topics.
Experiential learning is central to the program. You can attend cultural events and culinary field trips, join student organizations and participate in a Spanish language table (La Tertulia).
Study abroad offers outstanding opportunities for year-long, semester, six- or two-week immersion experiences. Spain, South America and Latin America are some of the options available to you.
Also complementary to your coursework are internships, independent study projects, service-learning activities and co-curricular involvement.
INTERESTED IN BECOMING A TEACHER?
If you would like to become a Spanish teacher, BW has an outstanding teacher education program.
STUDY OF FOREIGN LANGUAGE BOOSTS SKILLS
Benefits of learning a foreign language are multi-fold and include:
EFFECTIVE ORAL AND WRITTEN COMMUNICATION
Beyond fostering competencies in foreign language, you can develop communication skills applicable to any discipline.
CRITICAL THINKING AND ANALYTICAL REASONING
Reading and translation can enhance your ability to use logic and recognize how meaning is determined by context. It also can build problem-solving proficiencies and an ability to understand abstract ideas.
GLOBAL AWARENESS AND SENSITIVITY
Learning about other cultures and studying abroad can help you better respect and appreciate people with different traditions, customs and values. You can gain confidence and adaptability skills through immersion in a different culture.
Speaking another language can open doors to art, literature, music, film, fashion, food and many other aspects of a new culture.
Knowledge of a foreign language can set you apart from monolingual job candidates.
ENRICHING BW'S INTERNATIONAL PRESENCE
A new BW partnership with LADO Enterprises, Inc. will enrich the campus with an even greater international, intercultural presence. The partnership unites BW and LADO in welcoming international students to campus for classes in English as a Second Language.
Government, education, business and nonprofit sectors seek individuals who are fluent in two or more languages. Examples of positions include:
- Foreign service employee
- Import/export manager
- Customs enforcement officer
- Travel industry employee
Offered as a major and minor, Spanish blends comprehensive coursework with dynamic practical application.
It is an outstanding companion major or minor to other disciplines, including international studies, business, communication, sociology and political science.
Within the foreign language department, BW offers additional majors and minors in French and German. Instruction also is available for Arabic, Chinese and Italian.
Experiential learning bridges classroom study with real-world opportunities. You can enhance your studies through internships, co-curricular activities and other learning opportunities that include:
STUDENT CLUBS & ORGANIZATIONS
Open to all students, the club represents the cultures of Spanish-speaking countries to the campus community. Other BW foreign language clubs include the French Club, German Club, Italian Club and Middle Eastern Culture Club.
Hispanic American Student Association (HASA)
Open to all students, HASA promotes awareness and appreciation of Hispanic culture through educational and social opportunities.
Language tables are a great opportunity to practice your foreign language skills outside the classroom. All language levels are welcomed.
International Film Series
An annual event on campus, the International Film Series showcases films representing a variety of cultures.
At Baldwin Wallace, you’ll experience personal and professional growth in a supportive community that challenges and inspires you to succeed.
Baldwin Wallace has long championed the success of its students. Evidence of this can be seen in the extraordinary achievements of its alumni spread throughout the United States and the world. Among recent accolades, 92 percent of graduates from the Class of 2014 reported being in rewarding jobs or in graduate school studies within six months after graduation.
Recent graduates with Spanish degrees are finding success in graduate schools and in a variety of careers.
Amanda Van Gilder ’15 is pursuing an M.A. in strategic studies and international economics at Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies. The Akron, Ohio native interned in Cusco, Peru and studied abroad in Seville, Spain. She was a Fulbright Fellowship semifinalist.
Megan Jones ’11 is program coordinator for Global Pathways at Pace University currently pursuing an M.A. in international education at New York University. Study abroad enabled the Mentor High School graduate to develop the linguistic skill and global experience to launch a successful career in international education.