Spanish is the primary language of 20 countries. It’s the third most spoken language in the world. Becoming fluent in a second language such as Spanish adds value to your education, broadens your worldview and make you more attractive to employers in today’s global marketplace. And it pays off! Bilingual employees will earn up to four percent more than other graduates.

“I'm very passionate about people.”
— Courtney Bernd '17

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About the Spanish major

Carroll University’s Spanish program provides you with direct linguistic contact with a culture different from your own. It’s the key to understanding one another—and the world. After all, a culture expresses itself primarily through its language and its literature. In the Spanish program, you’ll acquire indispensable skills in communication, training in problem-solving and the kind of understanding of cultures other than our own that is possible only through language. You’ll learn to speak, read and write Spanish fluently and you’ll study phonetics and Latin American or Hispanic history and culture. As a Spanish major, you’ll spend a summer, semester or year abroad, for a truly immersive experience in another culture.

A Spanish major is a natural complement to many other areas such as business, pre-law, pre-medical programs or to such fields as English, fine arts, theater arts, history, political science, communication, psychology, mathematics, sociology or the natural sciences. In our program, you can easily add a second major in Spanish to your studies and still graduate in four years. If you cannot complete a full second major, a minor in another field is very common, as is a language minor to accompany some other primary specialization.

You can also study abroad during a summer, semester or full academic year by applying to the International and Off-Campus Programs Office. Recent graduates have studied in Costa Rica, Ecuador, Guatemala, Mexico and Spain.


While not required, Spanish majors may choose to specialize their study through the following emphasis. In addition to the major, Carroll offers a minor in Spanish that complements many areas of study.


We help you build real world experience, explore careers and network with professionals through internship opportunities. Recent placements include the following companies:

  • Waukesha's La Casa de Esperanza
  • St. Joseph's Parish Hispanic Ministry
  • St. Joseph’s Medical Clinic
  • Milwaukee's Centro de Comunidad Unida/United Community Center
  • Voces de la Frontera
  • SOPHIA of Waukesha (Stewards of Prophetic, Hopeful, Intentional Actions)
  • Planned Parenthood of Wisconsin
  • Safe Babies, Healthy Families of Waukesha
  • The Waukesha Hispanic Resource Center
  • CORE / El Centro
  • Public Health Center of Waukesha
  • School District of Waukesha
  • Food Pantry of Waukesha
  • James Place (Waukesha)
  • YMCA of Metropolitan Milwaukee


College is a big investment in a bright future. Learn more about the industries and careers our majors pursue, and the workplaces and experiences of the alumni from our program. See where yours may take you.

El Coloso

El Coloso is an annual Spanish language magazine with a variety of articles spanning local, national, and international issues in the Hispanic world. All articles are researched and written by students in a spring journalism course at Carroll University taught by Dr. Elena De Costa, who is also the editor of the magazine. Layout is done by a student in our Graphic Communication program as a Capstone project. Our annual spring bilingual theatre performance is featured on the cover of each issue.

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Meet the Faculty

Dr. Jessica Boll

Dr. Jessica Boll

Assistant Professor of Modern Languages and Literature
Dr. Elena De Costa

Dr. Elena De Costa

Associate Professor of Modern Languages and Literature
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