The Spanish program's goal is to provide you with bilingual abilities, while encouraging a greater understanding of other cultures and languages. As our world grows more connected through economics and trade, Spanish is important not only to professionals working in the Southwest, but for any job where you may come into contact with a Spanish-language speaker. We offer a special sequence of language courses that address the your needs if you are a native or heritage speaker, or if you've had previous contact with Spanish at home or elsewhere.
Special Services and Opportunities
In addition to the traditional classroom, you'll have the opportunity to take many Spanish courses online. All Spanish courses are technology-enhanced and our basic language courses integrate special software and other media in a laboratory environment. ENMU also offers an intensive Summer Immersion Institute on campus, as well as a month-long total immersion program in Sololá, Guatemala, where you can practice Spanish in a native environment while exploring other regions and cultures. We also have active international agreements that allow you to complete semesters abroad and internships at accredited institutions in Latin America and Spain. Spanish tutoring is available in each semester as well. If you are struggling with a foreign language, especially Spanish, the Language Lab, located in the Jack Williams Liberal Arts building, provides resources to supplement your language courses.
Service and Mutual Interest Organizations
Several offices and student organizations on campus have strong ties with our program. These include the Hispanic Affairs Office and AHORA (Association to Help Our Race Advance) which are actively involved with the local Hispanic community through service activities and outreach and the Spanish Club. The Spanish Club helps plan and facilitate Festival Románico. Festival Románico provides 500-600 high school students a chance to meet and compete in various events, in Spanish.
Scholarships and Financial Assistance
Eastern New Mexico University is committed to helping students finance their education. Additionally, many Eastern New Mexico University students work part-time jobs. There are a number of scholarships available for current students that are designated specifically for Spanish majors and/or Hispanic students.
Beyond providing access to traditional careers in teaching and translation, knowing more than one language enhances your opportunities in:
- Criminal justice
- Health care
- Social service
Furthermore, research has shown that math and verbal skills and scores climb higher with each additional year of foreign language study. Spanish majors enjoy a distinct career advantage in the global and the southwest regional economies. In addition to the guidance that is available from faculty advisors, ENMU Career Services offers free job placement assistance to all ENMU students.
High School Courses
If you're interested in pursing as a Spanish major or minor, you should take foreign language courses in high school (especially Spanish).
Additional Degree Information
You can find additional information about the Bachelor of Arts in Spanish degree, including the courses you will take when you're a Spanish major at Eastern.