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Explore Hispanic Studies


Welcome to UK and to the Hispanic Studies Department! 

The Department of Hispanic Studies aims to develop students’ Spanish language skills, to deepen their understanding of Spanish-speaking cultures and literatures domestically and abroad, to sharpen their ability to use critical thinking as they analyze various aspects of Spanish-language texts of all types, and to heighten their awareness of their role as local and global citizens in a pluralistic society. It is our belief that these competencies will empower our students to be successful regardless of where their professional or academic aspirations may take them. 

You will find more information on the department by clicking the following links, including requirements for a Major and Minor in Spanish, a sample four-year curricular plan for completing the degreeTransfer Equivalencies - UK Core -, AP/IB/Dual Credit charts, information on Education Abroad, STEM + World Languages opportunities, and our undergraduate course listings.  If you have questions, reach out to our Director of Undergraduate Studies, Dr. Heather Campbell-Speltz.


Career Opportunities

The Spanish major prepares students for a variety of professional opportunities in the United States and abroad. Students may pursue careers in education, government, law, social services, health care, tourism, publishing and non-profit organizations. Spanish majors may also continue their education with an advanced degree in area studies, business or law.  Occupations include but are not limited to the following:

- sales and marketing
- international relations
- business management
- bilingual educator
- speech pathologist
- publishing specialist
- political analyst
- foreign news correspondent
- customs/immigration officer
- translator
- law enforcement
- research analyst
- import/export specialist
- university administrator
- tourism and travel
- libraries
- government administrator
- bilingual tax assessor
- medical interpreter
- museum or art gallery director
- refugee/immigrant assistance

For more information about careers, go to the following:

VistaWide: World Languages and Cultures

Transitions Abroad

Language Jobs, Language Recruitment- Top Language Jobs

Hispanic Jobs- Diversity Jobs


Prospective student time to meet with faculty: at 3:15pm EST: 9/19, 10/17, 11/14, & 12/5: