Spanish | Major & Minor

The study of the Spanish language, cultures, and literature expands one's understanding and empathy, enriches learning, and opens doors to more opportunities and experiences.

About the Spanish Major

One of the most prominent languages in the world, the Spanish major at Southern Virginia University explores the language, literature, and culture of the Spanish-speaking world through critical reading and writing in the Spanish language. Small class sizes and an intimate educational setting allow professors to address each individual student’s educational needs and interests and for students to develop the skills necessary to communicate effectively across cultures. A perfect companion major, students are highly encouraged to consider pairing Spanish with another major or minor.

With many Spanish-speaking students in the program, students in the major are exposed to different variations of Spanish accents in the classroom. Students with Spanish language proficiency can take a placement test and complete the major in as quickly as two years, and students who have served Spanish-speaking missions or completed more than 4 years of high schoool Spanish can enroll directly into the 300-level classes. Those in the program also have the opportunity to join the Spanish Honors Society, Sigma Delta Phi.

Southern Virginia also offers a Spanish language certificate open to anyone in the campus community to take. With a 100% job placement for the University’s Spanish majors, many students in the program go on to attend graduate or medical school.

Learning Outcomes

  • Ability to communicate in spoken Spanish on a variety of subjects.
  • Ability to communicate in written Spanish on a variety of subjects.
  • Ability to read and analyze Spanish texts.
  • Broad understanding of the culture of the Spanish-speaking world.
  • Broad understanding of the literature of the Spanish-speaking world.

Getting Started in the Spanish Major

  1. Enroll

    Begin by taking Spanish I (SPN 101) or Spanish III (SPN 201) in your first year, depending on language proficiency

  2. Contact Your Advisor

    Get in touch with Professor Iana Konstantinova to discuss your interests and goals

  3. Declare

    Turn in a completed Declare Major form to the Registrar’s Office


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  • Diplomat
  • Healthcare Administration
  • Human Resources Director
  • Interpreter/Technical Translator
  • Journalist
  • Linguist
  • Spanish Teacher K-12
  • Speech-language Pathologist

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Faculty Contacts:

  • Iana Konstantinova, Ph.D. – Program Coordinator
  • Arlene Fuentes, M.A.

“Spanish is one of the most rapidly growing languages in the U.S. and in the world, and the need for people in the workforce who can speak it is only increasing. Here at Southern Virginia we teach not only the language, but also the different Spanish cultures and literature as well, as it provides our students with a broad understanding of how wonderful and rich this language and culture is.”

– Professor Iana Konstantinova