Why Study Spanish?


To understand how the world is changing all around us:

You should learn Spanish to be able to speak with the people of over 20 countries, to do business overseas and in the U.S., to read Cervantes and Borges and Sor Juana Inés de la Cruz, to sing with Juanes and dance with Celia Cruz, to chat with your neighbors, to be a citizen of the 21st century.  

To open doors in your academic and professional future:

The Hispanic and Italian Studies department offers a Spanish major with three concentrations to choose from: Hispanic Studies, Hispanic Linguistic, or Hispanic Literatures and Cultural Studies. We also offer a major in the Teaching of Spanish and a major with a focus in Spanish Economics. You should also take advantage of our study abroad programs. A major in Spanish will open many doors for you in your academic and professional future. Join us!

To thrive in a global economy:

Today, about 350 million people speak Spanish as a native language, making it the world's second most spoken language. It has become an essential language in the business, legal, and medical communities, and the demand for bilingual Spanish-English speakers is ever increasing in the global economy. UIC provides the perfect environment to learn Spanish and declare a Spanish major, double major, or minor.

At the graduate level:

We offer Masters and Ph.D. programs in Hispanic Linguistics and in Literary and Cultural Studies, as well as an MA in the Teaching of Spanish.

Reflecting our dedication to building interdisciplinary programs, our faculty and students work closely with our colleagues in Latin American and Latino Studies, Gender and Women’s Studies, Disability Studies, the Humanities Institute, English, the TESOL program, Psychology, and Philosophy among others. In addition, the department is closely affiliated with important cultural institutions in the city such as the Instituto Cervantes of Chicago and the Newberry Library, where our students can readily partake of scholarly and cultural events just a few minutes away from campus.