What Is a Spanish Degree?
The Bachelor of Arts (BA) in Spanish degree program at GCU prepares students for meaningful careers as Spanish interpreters or translators. Native and non-native Spanish speakers alike will grow their love of the Spanish language into an exciting career. GCU graduates who earn their bachelor’s degree in Spanish can go on to help enhance communication in professional settings, build relationships between colleagues across the globe and help deliver important information across cultural barriers.
BA in Spanish Degree Requirements
This BA in Spanish degree program is designed to help students build on their language skills for the duration of their coursework. The progression goes like this:
- 100-level Courses
Focus on basic Spanish language and conversation skills. Students work on all aspects of language development, including listening, reading, writing and speaking.
- 200-level Courses
The second level helps Spanish degree students focus on the productive language skills of speaking and writing. Students additionally learn how to apply grammar, expand their vocabulary and learning about Spanish culture.
- 300-level Courses
At this point, BA in Spanish students have the competency to apply language in conversation. Grammar accuracy and structure are also well-developed during these courses. The coursework at this level supports Spanish degree students in using language to understand cultural differences.
- 400-level Courses
BA in Spanish students at this level learn about applying their language skills in a professional capacity. Additionally, a capstone project requires Spanish degree students to translate works in medical, legal, business and educational fields in both Peninsular Spanish and Latin American dialects.
What Careers Can You Get With a Spanish Degree?
There are many career benefits to graduating with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Spanish from GCU. Students who study foreign language learn:
- Active communication skills
- Cultural awareness
- Historical perspectives
- Ethical responsibility
BA in Spanish graduates apply these skills to jobs as interpreters and translators. This bachelor’s degree in Spanish, can lead to careers with various types of organizations in need of translators, including:
- Christian organizations
- Government entities
- Private enterprises
- Criminal justice
A Bachelor of Arts in Spanish will ensure that you have the foundational skills to work anywhere that translation and interpretation is needed. Your interest and proficiency in Spanish language and culture can make a world of difference for future employers. Join us in the BA in Spanish degree program at GCU.
BA in Spanish Degree FAQs
1 Financial Post, Bilingual employees can earn more money per hour than those who speak one language in January 2022.
2 New American Economy, Not Lost in Translation: The Growing Importance of Foreign Language Skills in the U.S. Job Market in January 2022.
3 COVID-19 has adversely affected the global economy and data from 2020 may be atypical compared to prior years. The pandemic may impact the predicted future workforce outcomes indicated by the Bureau of Labor Statistics as well. Accordingly, data shown is based on 2020, which can be found here: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, Occupational Outlook Handbook, Interpreters and Translators.
General Education Requirements
General Education coursework prepares Grand Canyon University graduates to think critically, communicate clearly, live responsibly in a diverse world, and thoughtfully integrate their faith and ethical convictions into all dimensions of life. These competencies, essential to an effective and satisfying life, are outlined in the General Education Learner Outcomes. General Education courses embody the breadth of human understanding and creativity contained in the liberal arts and sciences tradition. Students take an array of foundational knowledge courses that promote expanded knowledge, insight, and the outcomes identified in the University’s General Education Competencies. The knowledge and skills students acquire through these courses serve as a foundation for successful careers and lifelong journeys of growing understanding and wisdom.
Upon completion of the Grand Canyon University's University Foundation experience, students will be able to demonstrate competency in the areas of academic skills and self-leadership. They will be able to articulate the range of resources available to assist them, explore career options related to their area of study, and have knowledge of Grand Canyon's community. Students will be able to demonstrate foundational academic success skills, explore GCU resources (CLA, Library, Career Center, ADA office, etc), articulate strategies of self-leadership and management and recognize opportunities to engage in the GCU community.
- UNV-103, University Success: 4
- UNV-303, University Success: 4
Graduates of Grand Canyon University will be able to construct rhetorically effective communications appropriate to diverse audiences, purposes, and occasions (English composition, communication, critical reading, foreign language, sign language, etc.). Students are required to take 3 credits of English grammar or composition.
- ENG-105, English Composition I: 4
- UNV-104, 21st Century Skills: Communication and Information Literacy: 4
- ENG-106, English Composition II: 4
- COM-263, Elements of Intercultural Communication: 4
Graduates of Grand Canyon University will be able to express aspects of Christian heritage and worldview. Students are required to take CWV-101/CWV-301.
- CWV-101, Christian Worldview: 4
- CWV-301, Christian Worldview: 4
Graduates of Grand Canyon University will be able to use various analytic and problem-solving skills to examine, evaluate, and/or challenge ideas and arguments. Students are required to take 3 credits of college mathematics or higher.
- MAT-144, College Mathematics: 4
Graduates of Grand Canyon University will be able to demonstrate awareness and appreciation of and empathy for differences in arts and culture, values, experiences, historical perspectives, and other aspects of life (psychology, sociology, government, Christian studies, Bible, geography, anthropology, economics, political science, child and family studies, law, ethics, cross-cultural studies, history, art, music, dance, theater, applied arts, literature, health, etc.). If the predefined course is a part of the major, students need to take an additional course.
- PSY-102, General Psychology: 4
- INT-244, World Religions: 4
- SOC-100, Everyday Sociology: 4
* Please note that this list may contain programs and courses not presently offered, as availability may vary depending on class size, enrollment and other contributing factors. If you are interested in a program or course listed herein please first contact your University Counselor for the most current information regarding availability.
* Please refer to the Academic Catalog for more information. Programs or courses subject to change.