Dominican’s Spanish major concentrates on the language and cultures of the peoples of Spain and the countries of Spanish-speaking Latin America. Advanced courses place particular emphasis on the historical and cultural aspects of Spanish-language literature. 

Spanish majors must complete 32 semester hours in the language beyond SPAN 111, Intermediate Spanish. Required courses focus on: 

  • Advanced language skills
  • Civilization and culture of Spain or Hispanic America
  • Literature of Spain
  • Literature of Hispanic America

SPAN 304, Professional Spanish, is the advanced study of written and oral Spanish as it applies to business and other professional careers. Upon completing this popular course, students will be able to sit for the Madrid Chamber of Commerce Certification examination. 

Each graduating senior must complete an oral interview patterned on the guidelines of the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages. If the student has already completed a similar interview to complete requirements for the School of Education, that interview will suffice. The student must file those results with the Spanish discipline director, however. 

All Spanish majors are encouraged to study abroad during their time at Dominican. Students who study at one of Dominican’s programs overseas and wish to have these courses count towards the Spanish major must get prior written approval from the Spanish discipline director.

Tonia Triggiano
PhD Department Chair, Modern Foreign Languages
(708) 524-6639


Within the Chicago metropolitan area alone, Dominican University foreign language graduates might work in international corporations, government, manufacturing, travel and transportation or education.

Foreign language majors tend to be curious and eager to meet new people and experience new situations. Employers welcome employees with these traits, so the career possibilities are almost endless.

Combining foreign language study with business or education coursework increases graduates’ career options even more. But interested students should seek faculty guidance early to ensure timely completion of all degree requirements.

The Modern Foreign Languages Department prepares students for careers in:

  • International corporations
  • Banking
  • Government
  • Diplomacy
  • Manufacturing
  • Travel
  • Transportation
  • Interpreting and Translation
  • Law
  • Fashion design/marketing
  • Education

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