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Discover the language and culture of Spain and Hispanic America

Study a language spoken by over 500 million people worldwide—the most widely spoken language in the western hemisphere.*

At Calvin, immerse yourself in the Spanish language and culture through classes and activities that take you from Spanish-speaking churches in Grand Rapids to the ruins of Machu Picchu in Peru.

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Every Spanish major at Calvin gets to study abroad—to immerse themselves in Spanish-speaking cultures, their histories and their people. As a Spanish major, you can build skills and gather experience in Spain, Peru, Mexico, or Honduras, all while working on your requirements for graduation.

Skills in Spanish can be indispensable if you're studying to be a nurse or a speech pathologist, a church outreach coordinator, or an entrepreneur. You'll also use Spanish in the local community, interacting with any of the 29,000 Hispanics living in Grand Rapids. Spanish opens many doors—step through!

Explore Spanish at Calvin
Majors and Minors

Majors and Minors
Choose from a variety of majors and minors, such as Spanish, Spanish education, ESL, and Latin American Studies.

Spanish Activities

Spanish Activities
Become a part of the Spanish community at Calvin—live, worship, and even dine in Spanish!

Off-Campus Programs

Study Abroad
Live with a family in Honduras, explore historic Oviedo, Spain, or hike the Andes Mountains.

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*Demographic information about the Spanish language on this page is from the Cervantes Institute 2013 Yearbook