Spanish—the second-most spoken language in the United States today and one of the three most spoken languages in the world—has become an integral part of civic engagement and global citizenship. Not only mastery of the language but also nuanced understanding of the places where it is spoken have been an important component of success for many Mount Holyoke graduates. Indeed, recent studies have shown that language majors have been the most successful of all in the pursuit of their desired careers. Mount Holyoke graduates in Spanish have gone into fields such as government, law, business, international affairs, education, journalism, medicine, and the performing arts. The requirements for the major and minor can be found on the Programs page.

Emma Walters '15
Emma Walters '15: when I decided to pursue a Spanish minor - and then major - I had no idea it would change my professional and personal goals.
Kristin C. Johnson '15
Kristin Johnson '15: My thesis fills an important gap in Mexican-American history and more accurately represents their role in post WWII labor movements.
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Emily McClintock '14: I would not be where I am nor would I be as effective a teacher as I am without the department, professors and courses.
Michelle Bernardino '15
Michelle Bernardino '15: my study-abroad experience encouraged me to do more sexual and reproductive work within and for the Latina/o community.
Ye Li '11, Graduate Student
Ye Li '11: one of my proudest achievements during my undergraduate journey is my thesis in Spanish.
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Kelsey Briggs '15: as an important actor for effective cultural preservation, I became more critical of "non-invasive" anthropological methods.