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Spanish Overview

With more than two million Spanish speakers in New York City alone, a degree in Spanish will not only benefit you in your personal life but also in your professional life. It will provide you with skills that are transferable to careers in both the public and private sectors. Whether you are interested in business, healthcare, education, or the arts, a Spanish degree is a valuable asset and a meaningful credential that will set you apart. It serves as certification of your bilingualism and identifies you as culturally competent and highly literate.

Courses in the Spanish Major allow students to master written and spoken Spanish and to explore all aspects of Hispanic literature and culture, including film, music and visual art. Our courses also examine current issues in Latin America—including the United States—and Spain. Students in the Spanish Major will acquire critical thinking skills, an in-depth understanding of the Spanish-speaking world, and a solid liberal arts education. Course offerings are complemented by a dynamic lecture and event series throughout the academic year and by internship opportunities at leading Hispanic cultural institutions and business organizations in New York City.

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Career Opportunities

A degree in Spanish—bilingualism with a foundation in the liberal arts—opens the door to successful and fulfilling careers in a variety of fields including business, law, social work, health care, education, marketing, communications, and translation.

What You'll Get

  • Fluency in Spanish and cultural competency for a competitive edge in any field of employment.

  • Courses offered on the Dobbs Ferry and Bronx campuses, and online to fit your schedule.

  • Internship opportunities at top NYC Hispanic cultural and business organizations.

Full-Time Faculty

Elise Arnold-Levene
Elise Arnold-Levene Assistant Professor
Modern Foreign Languages

Part-Time Faculty

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Martha Aguilar Adjunct Instructor
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Luz Arias Assistant Payroll Superviso

Adjunct Instructor
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Osvaldo Espinosa Adjunct Instructor
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Irma Fernandez Adjunct Instructor

Frequently Asked Questions

How long does it take to complete the program.

Full-time students can complete the 120-credit degree program in four years.

Coursework in the Spanish major can be completed in as little as one year (30 credits) in addition to the Mercy College General Education required courses and electives (90 credits). Students transferring credits from another school or program may be able to complete the program more quickly.

Are department faculty available for academic advising?

Yes, faculty are always ready to help students with questions about what courses to take, the sequencing of courses, and career opportunities, including internships and cooperative education.

Do you have online courses?

Yes. Many of our major level courses are taught online on a rotating basis.

What are the pre-requisites for this program?

Students should be proficient in spoken and written Spanish. Spanish language proficiency can be attained through language courses at Mercy College.

Is the program only for prospective language teachers?

While a degree in Spanish opens the door for careers in Spanish language education, bilingual education, and TESOL (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages), students in the Spanish Major also have a competitive edge in fields such as business, law, and social work. Additionally, many of our students go on to complete fully funded M.A. and Ph.D. programs in Spanish.

When are courses offered?

Major-level courses are offered Mondays and Wednesdays during the day at our Dobbs Ferry campus, and Wednesday evenings at our Bronx campus. We also offer courses fully online in an asynchronous modality—that is, the coursework can be completed each week at your convenience.

Program Details & Curriculum

Curriculum Overview

Bachelor of Science
General Liberal Arts and Sciences
General Education Requirements: 60 Credits

Major Concentration
Spanish Language and Literature: 30 Credits
Open Electives: 30 Credits

Total: 120 Credits

The program recommends that students in the Spanish major also complete courses in French or Italian to maximize career opportunities. Those seeking certification as foreign language teachers should contact the School of Education for certification requirements.

For a full curriculum listing visit our catalog.


Minor Concentration in Spanish (15 credits)

Students may minor in Spanish to complement any major. To complete the Spanish minor students must take five courses in Spanish at the 120 level or above. 


Program Outcomes

By the end of this program, students should be able to: 

  • Speak the with correct pronunciation
  • Use correct vocabulary
  • Use correct grammar and verb tenses
  • Demonstrate the ability to read in the target language at the appropriate level
  • Demonstrate the ability to write in the target language on the appropriate level
  • Demonstrate the ability to speak in the target language at the appropriate level