Spanish & Portuguese Language Programs


Welcome to the Language Program!



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In both the individualized and classroom sections of elementary and intermediate language programs, Spanish, Portuguese and Quechua are the languages of instruction. Regular attendance and participation in class activities are essential to be a successful language learner. In order for students to progress in understanding and speaking the foreign language, you must hear and speak it on a daily basis.

This is an articulated language program has consistent policies for all three language courses. If you plan to enroll in Spanish, Portuguese, or Quechua the Guidelines section explains our attendance policy, what is acceptable documentation and what you should do if you miss assignments or exams or would like to request an Incomplete. The Department also follows the University guidelines cited in the Code of Student Conduct regarding Academic Misconduct and Disruptive Behavior. Here you will also find contact information for the Office of Disability Services.

Why Study Spanish?

  • There are 470 million native speakers of Spanish
  • Spanish is the official language of 40 countries
  • Spanish is one of the six official languages of the United Nations
  • Students do not need to have studied Spanish in high school since the department offers basic language instruction
  • Over 40 percent of Spanish majors also carry another major such as engineering, business, nursing, social work, biology, international studies and linguistics
  • Ohio State graduates with Spanish degrees have chosen a wide range of professions such as Spanish teacher, House of Representatives, Spanish-speaking loan/mortgage officer, technical writer for AT&T, lawyer, FBI field agent, and U.S. postal inspector in Puerto Rico

Learn more about the Spanish Major & Minor Program

Why Study Portuguese?

  • Portuguese is spoken in eight countries on four continents: Brazil, Portugal, Mozambique, Angola, Cape Verde, East Timor, Guinea Bissau, and São Tomé and Principe.
  • It is the 7th or 8th most spoken language in the world. There are as many native speakers of Portuguese as of French and German combined.
  • Portuguese is the language of 25 percent of the population of the Southern Hemisphere. It is spoken by nearly 40 percent of the population in countries bordering the southern Atlantic rim region, around which eight metropolitan areas use the language.
  • There are an estimated 1,000,000 Brazilians currently living in the United States, many of them undocumented.
  • More than a third of Latin Americas population lives in Brazil and speaks Portuguese.
  • World Bank data shows Brazil having the 10th largest GDP worldwide, and the largest in Latin America.
  • After English, Portuguese is the most common language in the world used on Web sites and in blogging.
  • Ohio is the sister state of Paraná, Brazil, and facilitates international cultural and business contacts.

Learn more about the Portuguese Major & Minor Program

Why study Quechua?

First, let's consider some of the aspects that one acquires when studying a foreign language: a linguistic competency in the select language, an improved cultural understanding of those who natively speak the language, and new perspectives and outlooks on the world through the lens of the language, among others. While all of these areas can be enhanced by studying a more commonly taught language, they are already so shared throughout the world that the variety they provide in terms of the above aspects is not as strong as for those of a minority language. For example, in nearly all of the commonly taught languages of the world, the concept of time is viewed with the future facing forward, and the past backward. In Quechua, though, it is the opposite: the future is behind us because we cannot see it, and the past is in front of us because we can, indeed, see it. It is this type of novel way of thinking that can be accomplished when studying languages that are less commonly taught. If you want to be able to look at the world through such a distinct type of lens, then Quechua is a good place to start!