Spanish Major

Become your own passport to greater global awareness with the ability to communicate in the Spanish language and understand its culture. Because nothing builds language skills like immersion in another culture, SUNY Cortland offers study abroad opportunities in many Spanish-speaking countries. Your degree will give you a solid foundation for a career in international business or other professions.

Career Potential

Business: International trade, bilingual consultant, translator, customer support agent

Government: Diplomat, FBI agent, National Security Agency, Border Patrol, immigration agent, government or court translator

Writing: Newspapers, trade publications, book publishers, bilingual translator for websites, proofreader, writer, editor

Tourism and hospitality: Interpreter, guide, bilingual travel agent, study abroad coordinator or director

Education: Teaching in private schools or in the private sector, pursue master’s and/or doctoral degrees to become a college professor

What Will I Learn?

  • Gain oral and written Spanish language and culture skills.
  • Choose many of your classes through elective courses to tailor your program to your specific interests.

Professor and student in Old Main

Special Features

  • Study abroad
  • Internship opportunities
  • Language clubs
  • Foreign language learning center for access to authentic electronic materials and for multimedia development.

Get Involved

College is more than a classroom. Enhance your experience with extracurricular opportunities.

  • Interact with our foreign exchange students
  • Study abroad
  • Join a club

Student Clubs

Honor Societies

Sigma Delta Pi, National Collegiate Hispanic Honor Society

Next Steps

Contact Us

Office: Old Main, Room 228
Phone: 607-753-4303
Fax: 607-753-5965

Fast Facts

Cortland was home to the first study abroad program within SUNY in the early 1960s.

Type of Degree

Bachelor of Arts (B.A.)
Credit Hours: 120


We recognize excellence in our students with awards and scholarships.

  • Excellence in French and Spanish
  • Excellence in Spanish

See all scholarship opportunities

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