Right now, there are more than 50 million Hispanic people in the United States. By 2050, that number is expected to grow to more than 132 million, or 30 percent of the population. As the number of Spanish speakers continues to grow, Spanish proficiency will only become an even more valuable professional skill—especially in fields like business and medicine.

But language skills are only a small part of the benefits of studying Spanish. As a Coker Spanish major, you will spend a semester studying abroad, where you will develop your global awareness by immersing yourself fully in another culture. With programs in countries such as Ecuador, Mexico, Argentina, Spain, Chile, and Costa Rica (many of them costing no more—if not less than—a semester on campus), you are guaranteed to transform your perspective on life.

On campus, you’ll have even more opportunities to build on what you learn in class. You can complete internships, service learning projects, and a senior seminar tailored to your individual interests. Plus, the Spanish program invites speakers to campus, leads May Interim study abroad trips, and takes students on excursions to festivals, museums, and restaurants. So whether it’s your primary or secondary major, Spanish studies will expand both your cultural perspectives and your career possibilities.


Coker’s Spanish program offers a comprehensive range of courses that will enable you to attain a useful fluency in the Spanish language and a broad understanding of the culture, civilization and literature of Spain, Latin America and U.S. Latinos. You will study everything from language skills and cultural differences to literature and grammar.

At Coker, our discussion-based round-table learning philosophy challenges you to explore, communicate, and defend your ideas, training you to think critically and ask purposeful questions. And with nearly all courses taught in Spanish, opportunities to practice your language skills through discussion are everywhere. You won’t just absorb information; you will interact with the coursework in a way that teaches you a deeper way of thinking.


For a more detailed explanation of requirements, including course descriptions, download the Academic Catalog.

The need for proficient Spanish speakers is growing. Worldwide, Spanish is the third most widely used language after Chinese and English—and in the United States, it’s second only to English. Spanish skills will increase your career opportunities in fields including government, business, health care, teaching, technology, the military, communications and social service. A Spanish degree demonstrates more than basic knowledge of grammar and vocabulary; it shows you know the importance of understanding other cultures in a global world. Someone who knows another language can work successfully with many more people, so an employer will see you as a bridge to new clients or customers. No matter what career you choose, Spanish abilities are a valued asset that will help you stand out from the pack.

For more information on potential career paths, click here.

Examples of alternate career paths you can follow with your Spanish degree:

  • Advertising Copywriter
  • Airport Staff Member
  • Archivist
  • CIA/FBI Agent
  • College Professor
  • Columnist/Reporter
  • Communications Specialist
  • Community Affairs Specialist
  • Court Interpreter
  • Cultural Affairs Officer
  • Customer Service Representative
  • Customs/Immigration Officer
  • Editor/Writer
  • Employee Relations Specialist
  • Flight Attendant
  • Foreign Correspondent
  • Foreign Film Specialist
  • Foreign Service Officer
  • Foreign Student Advisor
  • Health Care Provider
  • Import/Export Specialist
  • Intelligence Researcher
  • International Conference Planner
  • International Consultant
  • International Trade Specialist
  • Interpreter
  • Investment Banker
  • Librarian
  • Market Research Specialist
  • Marketing/Sales Representative
  • Peace Corps Worker
  • Proofreader
  • Public Health Administrator
  • Public Relations Specialist
  • Radio/TV Announcer
  • Social Worker
  • Teacher
  • Tour Organizer/Guide
  • Translator
  • Travel Agent
  • UNESCO Official

Graduates of Coker College have gone on to pursue a graduate degree at a number of institutions, including but not limited to:

  • Loyola University – Chicago
  • Lesley University
  • Francis Marion University
  • University of Central Florida
  • Columbia College
  • James Madison University

Mac Williams

Mac Williams, Ph.D.

Associate Professor of Spanish; Coordinator of the Foreign Language Program; Faculty Advisor of the Coker College Culture Club