Conversation and culture combine in the Spanish program at Lawrence.

Share your perspectives on art, literature, history, and film from the Spanish-speaking world with bright, curious classmates. Learn together. Study linguistics and bilingualism in the United States. Hone your skills outside the classroom with the Latin American and Spanish film festival, immersion weekends at Björklunden, campus events put on by student organizations, or one of Lawrence’s eight Spanish-centric study abroad options. Join a supportive language-learning community that helps you meet your goals— whether that is advanced study, fluency for the workplace, or earning your Spanish teaching certification.

Courses cover everything Spanish from grammar to global issues.

Learn more about the major, minor, and Teacher Certification program.

Learn from experts and native speakers.

Aerial drone shot of Bjorklunden in Door County, Wisconsin

Björklunden, en español

Spend a weekend retreat enjoying games, films, a talent show, and more with your classmates. The catch? Everything is in Spanish.

Film projector

Latin American & Spanish Film Festival

International cinema takes center stage at Lawrence for a weekend full of screenings of new Spanish language films.

The Chandler Senior Experience

The Spanish department's Senior Experience consists of a multimedia portfolio that provides measurable evidence of the academic work, cultural competence and communication skills required of you as a Spanish major. The portfolio also serves as a measure of your steady progress towards those goals by allowing you to compare your early and more recent academic work.

Recent Senior Experience projects include:

  • Fantasy and Stereotype: The Witches of Lima as Colonial Identity
  • La personificación en el pre-Boom: Los objetos y La noche del féretro
  • Perceptions of Identity within Latin America: Beards, Collective Memory, and Nervous Breakdowns
Lauren Mimms at a palace in Grenada, Spain

Dive in to immersive language learning

Off-campus Spanish study enhances your fluency and understanding of Spanish-speaking culture, and it is prioritized as part of your Spanish education at Lawrence.

Graduates and a student showing their diploma during commencement

Spanish Outcomes

One of the world’s most popular languages is also one of the most popular courses of study at Lawrence, making it a versatile base for a variety of career paths.

Placement & Language Requirement 

If you intend to take Spanish, you must take the placement test unless you have AP/IB or relevant transfer credit.

On Any Given Day... an array of opportunities that await you at Lawrence University.


Unbagging First-Year Studies

Martyn Smith, director of First-Year Studies, unbags the 10 works being used in First-Year Studies during the 2021-2022 academic year.

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Your virtual tour starts at the Arch but be sure to check out Main Hall, to explore languages learning spaces.