The ability to write and speak Spanish has never been more relevant for traveling, teaching or business—and Northern's online bachelor's degree in Spanish will prepare you for a rewarding career.

    About The Program

    Format: Online or On Campus


    NSU Spanish majors take courses that concentrate on real-world application. With our bachelor's degree in Spanish, offered online and on campus, you'll be equipped to apply your Spanish knowledge, practice and experience to best serve your interests and career pursuits.


    Through NSU's bachelor's degree in Spanish, you'll gain an understanding of Spanish and Spanish-based culture and language as it thrives outside the classroom. Engaging, stimulating Spanish instruction is provided by instructors with actual field experience in Spanish-speaking countries.


    Familiarity and experience with Spanish can advance the career aspirations of anyone seeking to succeed as a professional in the global economy. Many employers seek out applicants who speak more than one language and are knowledgeable about other cultures.


    NSU also offers a popular four-week study-abroad opportunity to take intensive Spanish courses in Santiago, Chile. Read more in this article!



    Now, Northern is offering an online dual-degree option that will allow you to obtain both an International Business degree and a Spanish degree in only four years! Having a business background along with Spanish language skills will prepare you for careers in a variety of national and international workplace settings. LEARN MORE about this new online option!





    Foreign-language graduate employment is concentrated in private, for-profit businesses and corporations; and in the education sector, mostly as secondary school teachers.


    Potential job titles include elementary, middle, and high school teacher; adult educator; interpreter; news analyst, reporter, and correspondent; writer, editor and translator; advertising, marketing, and public relations specialist; and foreign service officer.


    For more information on careers in your major or help choosing a major, contact Career Services.

    Contact Information

    For more information about this degree, offered online and on campus, contact Jessica Ness, or call 605-626-2272 or 605-626-7900.

    B.A., M.A., University of Utah

    Ph.D, University of Wisconsin - Madison


    Juan M. Gonzalez, originally from Salt Lake City Utah, worked for 18 years as an international public relations specialist/marketing rep for an advertising firm. Part of his responsibilities included making three to four week trips throughout South America and Mexico to meet and greet radio and TV managers and owners. He has worked and lived in every major city in that area.

    An economic downturn in the mid-90s found him without work and consequently he went back to school to complete a BA and MA in Spanish at the University of Utah. He left Utah in 1998 to complete his Ph.D in Spanish at the University of Wisconsin €- Madison, from which he graduated in 2005. Recently, he spent four years teaching Spanish at Adams State College in Alamosa, Colorado.

    Juan has been teaching at Northern State University in Aberdeen,…

    M.A., Spanish, Arizona State University

    M.A., Communication, University of North Dakota

    B.A., Spanish and English Philology, Kiev National Linguistic University, Ukraine




    In her Spanish, linguistics, and communication classes, Tetiana (Tanya) White gives students opportunities to develop new and various lenses through which to see themselves and other cultures. She enjoys watching students gain the confidence to speak publicly and carry that skill into their future careers.


    Ms. White’s research interests lie at the intersection of linguistics and communication. Her latest master’s thesis studied critical cultural awareness of students, the structure of their mental lexicon, and their cultural values and beliefs. Her scholarly…