Why study Spanish at Lyon College?
Lyon’s Spanish program approaches the language from every angle. The courses look at vocabulary, grammar, literature, and cultural history. And students don’t have to be nervous as they learn a new language, the small class sizes give them a relaxed setting to work on their listening, speaking, reading, and writing skills. Learning happens outside the classroom, too! Students enter the Spanish-speaking world during their Spanish Field Experience credit.
They can even study abroad through the Nichols travel courses. Lyon offers students a $3,000 Nichols stipend. They can study abroad for a semester or in the summer. Whatever works best for their schedule!
These opportunities make Lyon Spanish majors uniquely qualified for several exciting fields!
Dr. Monica Rodriguez, Dr. John Herda
Ways To Get Involved
The Spanish Club gives all students the chance to check out the language and culture. The club hosts movie nights, salsa dancing, Spanish and Latin American cuisine nights, and much more! Lyon also proudly hosts a Sigma Delta Pi chapter. This Spanish Honor Society promotes Hispanic culture in the United States.
Senior Elissa Douglass is a double major in Spanish and business administration. She had the chance to study in Granada, Spain, over the summer and credits Lyon for preparing her.
“Lyon gave me the grammatical background that I needed while I was in Spain,” she said. “It was really my Spanish professors who helped get me there in the first place.”
Douglass believes learning a new language is a great way to improve your communication skills. “I plan to work in human resources, so I think understanding people is a critical part of the job.”
- Natalie Milligan, ’19, was accepted into the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS) and has already helped translate for Hispanic patients.
- Hannah Templin, ’19, is attending Yale Law School. Templin was a double major. Another language is required for certain careers in law and medicine.
- Guadalupe Reyes, ’20, got a job as a teacher in Southside before graduation because of the shortage of teachers in Arkansas.
For more information on the required courses for a Spanish major or minor, view our courses page.
Careers for Spanish Majors
Recent Spanish graduates have pursued careers in academia, medicine, international relations, law, and secondary education.
Starting Median U.S. Salary For a Spanish Major
The starting median salary in the U.S. for a college graduate with a Spanish degree is $34,000.
Mid-Career Median U.S. Salaries for Spanish Majors
Marketing Manager- $64,000
Program Coordinator- $43,000
High School Teacher- $50,000
Director of Operations- $83,000
Administrative Assistant- $39,000
For more information on admissions to Lyon College, visit our Admissions page.