Spanish is the official language, not only of Spain, but also of Mexico, Central America, the Caribbean islands of Cuba, Puerto Rico, and the Dominican Republic, and most of South America; with approximately 410 million speakers, it is the fourth most spoken language on the planet. The United States, where Spanish is spoken by over 10 percent of the total population (approximately 41 million people), is officially the fifth largest Spanish-speaking country in the world. Spanish is the language of great writers such as Miguel de Cervantes, Sor Juana Inés de la Cruz, and Gabriel García Márquez; of artists such as Diego Velázquez, Pablo Picasso, Frida Kahlo, and Diego Rivera; and of filmmakers such as Luis Buñuel and Guillermo del Toro. Today, Spanish-speaking countries are culturally diverse and celebrated not only for their literature, art, and films but also for their music, dance, cuisines, and athletic achievements. Spanish is a key asset for almost any career that students wish to pursue, from education, medicine, and law to business, government, international affairs, and travel and tourism.
Students may fulfill the UB Curriculum Global Pathway Language & Culture Track in Spanish by starting at their current level of proficiency, from introductory to advanced intermediate (course names begin with SPA), and taking nine credit hours. The Spanish program at UB offers both a major and a minor, with a full range of language classes and advanced coursework studying Hispanic culture and linguistics from the Middle Ages to the 21st century, from wherever Spanish is spoken. Our commitment to an interdisciplinary perspective is reflected in the opportunity to explore the Hispanic world through literature, films, and works of art, and through history and cultural studies. We also encourage and offer opportunities for students to study abroad in a wide range of Spanish-speaking countries. Our graduate degree program in Spanish facilitates further study leading to the M.A. and the Ph.D., with concentrations in Spanish Peninsular or Spanish-American literature and culture, or in Hispano-Linguistics.