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Spanish Language, Literature, and Culture

Explore the literary and linguistic cultures of the Spanish, South American, Central American, Caribbean, and Latino peoples. You’ll enhance your Spanish language skills--the third most spoken language in the world--and develop perspectives that will prepare you for a variety of interesting and challenging careers.

About the College of Arts and Sciences

The founding college of Syracuse University remains at the center of undergraduate learning. The College is divided into the natural sciences and mathematics, the humanities, and the social sciences, with the lattermost offered in partnership with the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs.


Sample courses for Spanish language, literature, and culture majors include: 

  • History of Women in Spain
  • Contemporary Spanish Cinema
  • Border Culture
  • Perspectives on Mexico and Central America: Literature, Art, Film
  • Text and Context in Cuban Revolutionary Literature
  • Dictatorships, Human Rights, and Historical Memory in the Southern Cone

View official major requirements

Practical Experience

La Casita Cultural Center—supported by the College of Arts and Sciences—provides career-focused internship and volunteer opportunities in education, child and family studies, cross-cultural marketing and communications, Hispanic media, languages, social work, library sciences, visual and performing arts, and museum studies.

Academic counselors and faculty advisors will guide you in aligning your interests and academic path with opportunities for growth.

Turn to the College of Arts and Sciences’ Center for Innovative Learning (iLEARN) for support with educational programs and your undergraduate research activities. The center can help complement your traditional classroom and laboratory work with enhanced out-of-classroom learning experiences.

There are more than 350 student organizations you can join at Syracuse University, with a variety of themes and activities that align with your interests and career goals.

Study Abroad

Syracuse Abroad  features more than 100 programs in 60 countries. You can choose semester, summer, short term, and yearlong options for international study.

Spanish language, literature, and culture majors most often go abroad to Syracuse University centers in Madrid and Santiago, and to World Partner programs OTS Duke Costa Rica and CEDEI Semester in the Andes (Cuenca, Ecuador).

Summer programs of interest may include Summer Internships in Madrid and the Madrid Summer Session.

Life After Syracuse University

As a College of Arts and Sciences graduate with a major in Spanish language, literature, and culture, you can explore careers in:

  • Healthcare
  • Broadcast journalism
  • Communications
  • Public service
  • International business
  • Education

You can also pursue graduate training in such areas as education, business, linguistics, music, journalism, and more. Recent graduates of the program have attended some of the top graduate schools in the U.S.