All people should be heard – including Spanish speakers.

In America, where most people only speak one language, being bilingual is like having a superpower. Learning Spanish will be an advantage to you in future careers and allow for adaptability and inclusion in both the workforce and your personal life. The Spanish program at University of the Cumberlands is focused on preparing you to understand and speak Spanish while also learning about the beautiful Spanish culture. But there’s a deeper reason to learn Spanish: to make sure all people, not just English speakers, are heard. 

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By the Numbers


Average Salary


Industry Growth

1 in 5

Students Make Dean's List


Countries Represented on Campus
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Programs & Requirements

Programs & Requirements

* The credit hours listed on this page only reference the specific program requirements and is not reflective of the total hours necessary to receive your degree. Cumberlands requires all students obtain a minimum of 60 hours for an associate’s degree and a total of 120 hours for a bachelor’s degree. Transfer and prior learning credits may be counted toward those totals.

To learn more about our General Education Requirements, please visit the page referenced below or explore our Academic Catalog

General Education Requirements


Experience small, close-knit classes as you explore Spanish language, literature, and cultures in both Spain and the Americas. Spanish culture will come to life for you as you grow in your understanding and proficiency of the language and lifestyle. Not only will you enjoy the personalized classes, but you will also have ample opportunity to apply what you learn to real life situations at work, with other students, or with someone in the local coffee shop. Did we mention that Cumberlands has partnership programs with places such as Costa Rica, Spain, and Salamanca? You have the once-in-a-lifetime chance to travel abroad and make the most of your learning experience! 

Course Requirements

SPAN 131 Elementary Spanish I   

SPAN 132 Elementary Spanish II   

SPAN 231 Intermediate Spanish I  

SPAN 232 Intermediate Spanish II   

SPAN 331 Spanish Composition and Conversation   

SPAN 332 Latino Culture and Literature of the United States   

SPAN 334 Literature of the Spanish Speaking World   

SPAN 336 Cultures of the Spanish Speaking World   

SPAN 437 Introduction to Spanish Translation and Interpretation  

WOLC 490 Special Topics in World Languages and Cultures or WOLC 434 Language in the World  

SPAN 491* Cultural Immersion in Spanish  

SPAN 492* Independent Research in Spanish 

 *requires department chair approval 

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Mission & Goals

Here at University of the Cumberlands, it is our mission to prepare Spanish students like you to optimize your career choices in today’s diverse economy and help you explore the culture of Spanish through class work, extracurricular activities, and more.

Ability to write, read, and speak Spanish.
Stronger critical thinking and communication skills.
Better adaptability and quick thinking.
Appreciation for other cultures, lifestyles, and national histories.
Humility, patience, and persistence; learning a language is challenging!
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Spanish Careers & Outcomes

All stats from U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics

Interpreter/Translator: $49,110

Interpreter/Translator: $49,110

Translate languages into other languages for people to understand. 

Customer Service Representative: $17.75 hourly

Customer Service Representative: $17.75 hourly

Interacts with customers and helps with processing orders, complaints and questions.

Spanish Professor: $83,300

Spanish Professor: $83,300

Teaches Spanish language and culture to students.

Bank Teller: $36,310

Bank Teller: $36,310

Responsible for accurately processing routine transactions at a bank. 

Medical Assistant: $37,190

Medical Assistant: $37,190

Help with tasks in hospitals, doctors' offices, and healthcare facilities in general.

Travel Agent: $43,810

Travel Agent: $43,810

Travel agents sell transportation, lodging, and entertainment activities to individuals and groups planning trips.

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Common Questions

All programs at University of the Cumberlands are offered at some of the lowest rates in the nation – and we even include free textbooks through our One Price Promise! For more information on how affordable this program would be for you, visit our Financial Aid page.

Knowing Spanish can benefit you in multiple different jobs. Working as a banker, travel agent, nurse or medical assistant, or teacher, for instance, will all have instances in which it would benefit you to be able to understand and speak Spanish.  

Nope! Our Spanish classes start with the basics of the language, so you don’t have to know any Spanish in order to take your first Spanish class here.  

Then you’re ambitious, and we like it. University of the Cumberlands currently offers Spanish and French, so you could become trilingual by the time you graduate, if you want! 

Any student that is 18 years old at the time of travel, is a full-time student at UC, has at least a 2.5 cumulative GPA, and has attended UC for at least one full term before travel is eligible for study abroad trips. If you have all of those requirements and are interested, then you are one step closer to your dream of going abroad! Visit the study abroad page to learn more. 

Currently, you have the option to study abroad in France, England, Spain, Ireland, or Costa Rica. Visit our study abroad page for more information! 

Anchor: Faculty

Faculty Experts in World Languages

Learn more about the world languages professors you will interact with.

Jennifer Marsh

Jennifer Marsh

World Languages

Jennifer Marsh

Contact Information

jennifer.marsh [at]
Bennett Building, Room 029
Dr. Laura Dennis

Dr. Laura Dennis

Professor of French / Chair of World Languages
World Languages

Dr. Laura Dennis

Contact Information

laura.dennis [at]
Bennett Building 032

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