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.

Zilin Cui '11
Zilin Cui '11: I learned how to engage with Spanish speakers on a cultural, intellectual and professional level, and became a true world citizen.
Rita Kerbaj '14
Rita Kerbaj ’14: My Spanish minor gave me access to opportunities in emerging markets and the confidence to pursue them as a leader at a top startup.
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.
Jessie Babcock '03 with Secretary of Defense
Jessie Babcock ’03: When I decided to double-major in English & Spanish literature, I never could have guessed where my studies would lead.
Ye Li '11, Graduate Student
Ye Li '11: one of my proudest achievements during my undergraduate journey is my thesis in Spanish.
Maria José Correa FP '16
Maria Correa FP '16: the best way for me to learn is by working with and learning from Spanish speaking students and educators in their own voices.