Why Choose Nazareth for Spanish?

Nazareth’s on-campus and international opportunities help you become fluent in Spanish and knowledgeable about the cultural diversity of Spanish-speaking societies. Nazareth's degree better positions you in the local and global job market, which increasingly seeks bilingual skills.

Study abroad is required of all language majors, providing transformational experiences and preparation for both your work life and as a citizen of the world. Our longest-standing program is in Valencia, Spain, and other programs include Chile and Peru. In collaboration with health and human service programs at Nazareth, we also offer a one-month immersion course in Peru. While abroad, you also can take required courses, to graduate on time.

At the heart of the program is the Casa Hispana, a lively place where students and community members enjoy films, conversation, art exhibitions, and a variety of events relating to the culture of Spain and the Latin American countries. The Casa also houses the offices of the Valencia program, the LASMA Spanish club, a library, and classrooms.

The degree program contributes a significant number of the Fulbright student awardees at Nazareth University, which is recognized among colleges and universities as a top producer of Fulbright recipients in the nation.

Program Highlights

  • You can double major in Spanish and any other discipline — including business leadership, social work, physical therapy, and communication sciences and disorders. You'll bring in-demand bilingual language skills and cultural understanding to your life's work and enhance your hirability.
  • Internship opportunities are lined up locally as well as in Spain, Peru, Chile, and Argentina, in disciplines such as education, health care, business, anthropology, social work, human rights and women’s rights.
  • You have the option to do service learning work with Spanish-speaking migrant communities through a course called Border Cultures: Mexico and the United States.
  • Develop and practice translation skills in context, gain an understanding of migrants' experiences, and build relationships with the wider community by volunteering with Nazareth faculty at Saint Michael's Church community programs in a predominantly Hispanic Rochester neighborhood.
  • Gain teaching skills by teaching English to migrants at either St. Michael's Church and/or Nativity Church in Brockport.
Spanish was one major for Anani Serbeniuk ‘18 at Nazareth College

Alumni Spotlight

Anani Serbeniuk '18

Spanish and communication sciences and disorders double major

"Every single time I have needed anything — extra help on homework, editing a paper, reviewing for an exam, or even advice about life in general — I have always been fortunate enough to have all the professors be there for me. It is amazing that I have found a college in which all professors genuinely care about the material they teach and the students in their classrooms. My Spanish major advisor has always helped and guided me at Nazareth, but also while I was in Peru studying abroad with her, a life-changing experience."

Read more about her experience at Nazareth »

Example Careers/Outcomes

  • Translator
  • ESL teacher
  • Spanish teacher
  • Historian
  • Bilingual educator or health care worker
  • Tour guide
  • Travel writer
  • International business professional

Internships/Field Experiences

  • Nazareth arranges internships in students' field of interest in the United States or abroad.
  • In the last 10 years alone, nine Spanish majors and minors have received prestigious U.S. Junior Fulbright Awards from the Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Program to teach English in countries such as Colombia, Venezuela, Argentina, Spain, and Andorra.

Graduate Schools/Employers

  • Villanova University
  • University of North Carolina at Pembroke
  • Fairfax County Public Schools, VA
  • A.P. Moller—Maersk Group, Copenhagen, Denmark