Undergraduate Studies

Benefits of Major and Minor Programs

Hello in Spanish and PortugueseBecome fluent. Students do not need to have studied Spanish in high school since the department offers basic language instruction. Study abroad and Ohio service-based programs provide students with immersion experiences that provide the fastest track toward fluency.

ANY level of language fluency provides you with cultural competency that allows you to work in a global and diverse work force, and bilingual job-seekers especially benefit from increased opportunities and higher salaries in many fields.


Students choose from four tracks to complete the major:

  • Track in Iberian Literatures and Cultures
  • Track in Latin American Literatures and Cultures 
  • Track in Hispanic Linguistics
  • Track in Hispanic Studies

Our majors and minors can be paired successfully with any other program of study. Over 40% of Spanish majors also carry another major such as engineering, business, nursing, social work, biology, international studies and linguistics. Double major and dual degree students share their Undergraduate Experiences and about learning Spanish at Ohio State.


Spanish & Portuguese Club celebrating Día de Muertos

Participate. The Spanish and Portuguese Club emphasizes service, community, and mastery of speaking skills through weekly language practice opportunities. Sigma Delta Pi, the National Collegiate Hispanic Honor Society, is the nation's only certifying agency for college and university honor societies, providing qualifying students with additional opportunities for research and travel grants and the chance to graduate from our programs with national honors. Students in Spanish in Ohio courses partner with Coalición Hispana to perform service-learning and build cultural and linguistic skills in Central Ohio’s Spanish-dominant communities.


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Instructional support. A wide range of technological resources to teach students including digital audio recordings, videos, international TV, radio production, and language labs. 

Our Teaching and Learning Center offers free walk-in tutoring, instructor-guided group conversation and focused writing support.

In sum, we are dedicated to making your undergraduate years a great learning experience, and we are proud that you have selected this field as a core component of your undergraduate studies. For more information, please contact Jessica Gatts, Academic Advisor of Spanish and Portuguese.


Language Programs

Window seating areas called the Cats in Hagerty HallWelcome to the Spanish and Portuguese Language Programs! Our program encompasses Spanish, Portuguese, Catalan and Quechua elementary and intermediate language courses, providing instruction to more than 8,000 students annually. Its purpose is to develop student skills in communication across ethnic, cultural, ideological, and national boundaries, and help students acquire a deeper understanding of other cultures and patterns of thought. Additionally, courses from 1101 to 1103 are intended to enable students to fulfill the university’s general education (GE) course requirements. The Spanish Language Program is renowned for its excellent staff, award-winning instruction, innovative programs, ongoing professional development, and highly satisfied students. 

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