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Distance Learning Spanish Degree Online with College Overviews

Learn about online degree programs with Spanish courses. Get an overview of the program types, requirements and course descriptions available for this field.

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Essential Information

Most distance-learning Spanish degree programs combine practical vocabulary and grammar skills with the study of literature. Programs are offered at the bachelor's and master's degree levels. Spanish bachelor degree programs usually offer a hybrid learning experience, while some programs at the master's level are available completely online. Some programs may require on-campus courses, while others provide the opportunity to study abroad and may require practicums, especially at higher levels.

Program degree options are incredibly varied. Majors with Spanish courses include Spanish, Spanish language and literature, romance language with a Spanish option, Spanish education and education with a specialization in Spanish language education.

About Online Learning

Online, students can interact with peers and professors to practice Spanish language skills in a friendly, discussion-oriented virtual atmosphere. They can also communicate with other students and instructors using email and chat rooms. Through an online course management system, students gain access to course documents, assignments and links to required websites. Video conferencing may also be integrated into an online learning program.


Spanish Bachelor's Degree

Spanish bachelor's degree programs are often available through distance learning for individuals who demonstrate some fluency in the language but who want more advanced training. At the bachelor's degree level, Spanish programs are often available in hybrid format.

While all Spanish major courses can usually be taken entirely online, students may need to complete a certain number of remaining undergraduate credits on campus. A capstone project may be included, and online foreign language students may consider studying abroad for a more immersive experience.

Course Topics

  • Spanish conversation
  • Spanish grammar and composition
  • Reading Spanish
  • Hispanic literature
  • Cultural diversity
  • Latin American cultures
  • Spanish American civilization

Schools Offering Programs

College / University Institution Type Degree Available
Arizona State University 4-year, Public Bachelor of Arts in Spanish
Mercy College 4-year, Private Not-for-Profit Bachelor of Arts in Spanish Language and Literature
National University 4-year, Private Not-for-Profit Bachelor of Arts in Spanish

Language and Literature Master's Degree

Depending on the school, Spanish master's degree programs can be completed entirely online, with no on-campus requirements, or through hybrid formats. Degree programs with a focus on language and literature include courses that may be taught entirely in Spanish. Consequently, admission often requires advanced fluency in the language. A final portfolio or thesis may be required.

Course Topics

  • Cultural readings and analysis
  • Interpretation and translation
  • Advanced Spanish grammar and composition
  • Latin American people and cultures
  • Spanish authors
  • Phonetics
  • Research Methods

Admissions Information

Applicants to this type of master's degree program may need to submit a short writing sample in Spanish. A language evaluation may also be required. Depending on the program, students may be required to have completed undergraduate courses or earned a degree in Spanish.


Spanish Education Master's Degree

Online-only programs are also available in Spanish education. These distance-learning programs are often for existing Spanish instructors who are seeking to develop their skills; they are usually not designed to lead to teacher certification. Spanish education programs may integrate a professional practicum component.

Course Topics

  • Teaching Spanish
  • Foreign language educator best practices
  • Spanish linguistics for educators
  • Spanish children's literature
  • Educational research methods

Schools Offering Programs

College / University Institution Type Degree Available
New Mexico State University 4-year, Public Master of Arts in Spanish

Concentrations in the following:
*Linguistics
*Literature
University of New Orleans 4-year, Public Master of Arts in Romance Languages with a Spanish option

Concentrations in the following:
*Literature
*Language, Culture and Civilization
Minnesota State University - Mankato 4-year, Public Master of Science in Spanish for the Professions
Nova Southeastern University 4-year, Private Not-for-Profit Master of Science in Education with a specialization in Spanish language education
University of Nebraska 4-year, Public Master of Arts in Education in Spanish Education

Online degree programs in Spanish are available at the bachelor's and master's levels and provide a wide range of specialization options. Some prepare students for the analysis of Spanish literature while others focus on language education techniques.

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