The Department offers a major and minor in Spanish. The program provides students with the skills and opportunities to achieve ever-greater fluency along with knowledge to make cross-cultural comparisons through the study of the Spanish speaking world. Introductory courses focus on language acquisition along with an introduction to Hispanic cultures. Intermediate courses provide a thorough review of grammatical components and place much more emphasis on listening and speaking skills. Advanced courses continue to develop writing and conversational skills and expand knowledge of the Latino world through the study of culture and literature. Students who have had two or more years of high school Spanish are strongly encouraged to take the Spanish Placement Exam.

The Department also allows students to earn academic credit for study in a Spanish-speaking country. Newberry College has a Cooperating Agreement with Central College in Pella, Iowa, that provides opportunities to study in Mérida, Mexico or Granada, Spain. In addition, there are many other programs available through different universities. Students interested in making a global experience part of their Spanish major or minor should contact Dr. Gregory K. Cole.

Another program students can use to expand their study of Spanish is the Spanish Academy, a partnership between Newberry College students and Newberry Elementary School where college volunteers teach Spanish to children in the first through the fifth grades. The program is open to any Newberry College student volunteer who has a working knowledge of Spanish, not just Spanish majors or minors. Students interested in this opportunity for experiential learning should contact Dr. Gregory K. Cole.