Union University
Union University Dept of Language



The Spanish division offers a major in one of three tracks:

  • Literature and Culture
  • Language and Culture
  • Teacher Education (7-12)

You may also choose to minor in Spanish using either the Literature and Culture track or the Language and Culture track. Spanish professors are Dr. Cynthia Jayne, Dr. Julie Glosson, Dr. Karen Martin, and Dr. Kristie Niemeier.

Recent and Current Course Offerings

Why Study Spanish?

  • You will be able to communicate with over 350 million native speakers.  Spanish is the 4th most widely spoken language in the world.
  • According the U.S. Census Bureau about 12% of the U.S. population speak Spanish at home. Knowing Spanish gives you the ability to communicate with this large group of people that live around you.
  • It is the official language of 21 countries. Knowing Spanish gives you the ability to work and travel more easily in these countries.
  • Knowing Spanish makes you more competitive on the job market.  With the rapidly rising number of Hispanics in the U.S., there are a multitude of career fields in the U.S. that need people who can communicate effectively in Spanish.
  • Learning Spanish can make it easier to learn other languages. Spanish is from the Romance family of languages, so once you know it, learning other languages in the Romance family, such as Italian, French or Portuguese, will be easier.
  • A knowledge of Spanish gives you access to great art, literature, music and film.  Many great artists, writers, musicians and film stars are and were Spanish speakers. Knowing Spanish means being able to appreciate their works as they were intended.