Why Study Spanish at Iowa?

You already know that speaking Spanish can be an asset, whatever you want to do after graduation. A Spanish major can open many more doors for your future. Whatever your interests may be, the exciting courses we offer in Spanish American, U.S. Latina/o/x, and Spanish culture, linguistics, literature, translation, creative writing and language will help you achieve your goals.

Our alumni have found work in health care, education, finance, government, public relations, and research, among other fields. Spanish is useful everywhere!

Students can practice their Spanish at Spanish club, the Spanish Speaking and Writing Center, and at readings by authors who write in Spanish!

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Spanish Courses

Browse available language and culture courses available for students.

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Cultural Activities and Events

Find celebrations, activities, exhibitions, and other events to connect with and enhance social development with members of the community.

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Language and Culture Resources

As a means of communicating values, beliefs and customs, language has an important social function and fosters feelings of group identity and solidarity. It is the means by which culture and its traditions and shared values may be conveyed and preserved.

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Spanish as a Heritage Language

The term “heritage language” is used to identify languages other than the dominant language (or languages) in a given social context.

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Study Abroad

The program encourages students to study abroad to develop their linguistic and intercultural competencies. The University has several opportunities to select from.

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Student and Alumni Voices

Hear testimonials directly from the students and alumni of the program.

Faculty Specializing in this Area

Luis Muñoz, Ph.D.

Director of MFA in Spanish Creative Writing
Associate Professor

Kathleen Newman, Ph.D.

Associate Professor

Julia Oliver Rajan, Ph.D.

Associate Professor of Instruction
ACTFL Certified OPI Tester of Spanish

Ana M. Rodríguez-Rodríguez, Ph.D.

Director of Graduate Studies
Associate Professor