Spanish and Portuguese

Spanish is spoken by 400 million people worldwide and is an official language in 21 countries and a number of international organizations. Spanish is among the three most spoken languages in the world and, by some estimates, has more native speakers than English. Fluency in Spanish opens countless career opportunities for students.

A Spanish major provides exceptional preparation for students interested in a career in business, international affairs, social services, government, health care, communication, translation, marketing, teaching or any profession that requires bilingual written or oral communication skills and cultural understanding. Whether you already have some Spanish communication skills or are starting at the beginning, you will develop both your language capabilities as well as your cultural competence as part of our major. Classes focus on not only language, but literature, linguistics, customs, values, and culture so that students leave UWM ready to speak, read, write and understand Spanish in business and social contexts.

Spanish students at UWM can take advantage of several unique opportunities. The Spanish Language House Living Learning Community immerses students with classmates with similar interests, grouping them in some classes and dorm rooms together. And, students are strongly encouraged to utilize our Center for International Education to take advantage of study abroad experiences available in Chile, Peru, Mexico, and Spain. Some students go short-term such as a week or two while others choose to stay abroad for a semester or a year.

Download our fact sheet to the right to learn more about the Spanish major, including our coursework, scholarships, and student organizations.