Spanish Major

Bachelor of Arts Degree

Program Overview

Research has proven that the study of a foreign language enhances and increases facility with one's own native language as well as one's overall cognitive skills. Modern language majors at ORU are no exception and typically are outgoing, great communicators and demonstrate increased cognitive flexibility.

Conversing fluently, communicating effectively and problem-solving in diverse cultures, professions and social settings in spoken and written languages other than English are the objectives of the modern languages curriculum at ORU. Students develop their foreign language linguistic skills and deepen their knowledge and understanding of the history and culture of the people who speak that language. At all stages of their study, students are encouraged to develop ways to apply their commitment to Jesus Christ to the situations of the people whose language they are studying.

Majors in French and Spanish as well as Modern Foreign Language Education (K-12) are available, as are minors in French, German, Hebrew and Spanish. All foreign language majors are encouraged to participate in a study-abroad program during their junior year. Study abroad courses offer exciting opportunities to gain valuable cultural insights as well as earn academic language credit.

At ORU, the Spanish major student is required to participate in a unique classroom experience presented entirely in Spanish. The major also includes a comprehensive study of Latin American Literature from its inception to the present as well as pre-Columbian and colonial literature from the last two centuries.


"I chose to pursue a Spanish degree at ORU because I love Spanish, and I think it will be very relevant in the future. My teachers have been helpful and knowledgeable.

"ORU offers excellent study abroad programs, and by being involved with others in the department I've gotten to hear great stories about their experiences. I've only heard positive things, and I can't wait to study abroad through ORU."

Student: Rebekah
Major: Spanish
Hometown: Stilwell, KS

Language Lab and Cultural Center (LLCC)
The Language Lab and Cultural Center occupies two classrooms and hosts foreign language learning resources and equipment. The LLCC is designed to allow a group of language students to work simultaneously on a variety of activities. The resources available at the LLCC are instrumental in developing language fluency.

Student Societies, Clubs and Extracurricular Opportunities

Spanish Club
The mission of the Spanish Club is to enlighten and create fuller appreciation of the Hispanic and Latin worlds. Students are encouraged, as part of this club, to study in a Spanish-speaking country and/or work with Hispanic population in Tulsa. The club also highlights the need for Spanish-speaking missionaries as well as the need for financial support in foreign churches.


The skill of foreign language fluency provides increased marketability and increases potential salary in the global business world. With a major in Spanish, careers are possible in:

  • International and global businesses
  • The travel industry as agents and representatives
  • Missions around the world
  • Government agencies
  • Translation services
  • Foreign news as interpreters and analysts
  • Foreign service as librarians, teachers and professors
  • Armed Forces linguistics

What do you have to look forward to?

Learning from faculty with advanced degrees in language and education ...studying abroad anywhere in the world with an established program ...embracing your responsibility and the opportunities to be involved in outreaches...being engaged in learning from your very first semester.

Course Offerings

  • Intermediate Spanish
  • Phonetics and Conversation
  • Spanish Composition
  • Survey of Latin American Literature
  • Spanish Electives
  • Survey of Spanish Literature

Degree Plan

Degree in Three