Our program strongly emphasizes study abroad experiences in order to gain better understanding of the Hispanic culture and language. Because of Cornell's association with the ACM (the Associated Colleges of the Midwest) and SIT (School for International Training), our students can participate in semester-long programs in Costa Rica, Bolivia, Chile, Ecuador, Mexico, Nicaragua, and Venezuela. Cornell also sponsors its own block-long off-campus courses, which allow students to study language or culture in a Spanish-speaking country. We regularly take groups to Mexico and Bolivia.
Spanish majors are required to take eight upper-division courses in Spanish; however, two of these may be taken in a related discipline which has a direct connection with Hispanic culture (eg., Latin American history, anthropology of native Mesoamerican and South American indigenous peoples, religions of ancient Mexico, the economy of developing nations, etc.).
Many former students who graduated from Cornell with a major in Spanish have successful careers in art, law, education, diplomacy, and social service. A minor in Spanish is also available and is essentially a slightly reduced major.