The Spanish major at Westmont develops advanced proficiency in Spanish and provides students with intercultural sophistication to function comfortably and effectively in a Spanish-speaking environment. At the elementary, intermediate, and upper-division levels, professors teach Spanish communicatively (so that grammar is mastered but not at the expense of oral proficiency). Majors are eligible to study abroad (in either fall or spring semester) after having completed at least four units of upper-division work in Spanish. Students are required to complete one semester (14-16 units) abroad at an approved university in Spain or Latin America. The courses offered vary from year to year and from program to program, but always include language, literature, and civilization and culture.
A liberal arts and sciences education opens the door to a broad range of vocations. Every field needs people prepared to communicate meaningfully with others in a foreign language; especially in missions; domestic human-service agencies; education; international business, law, and government services; and the arts. Many students double major in another field along with their language studies.