Sagrada Família, Barcelona
The study of Spanish encompasses a large and varied part of the world.
Languages in the Hispanic world
With currently around 400 million native speakers in more than twenty countries where Spanish is an official language, español is one of the three major languages in the world. Today it is used in Spain, Spanish America, some parts of Africa, and increasingly in the United States of America. Other languages spoken in the Hispanic world include Catalan, Galician and Basque (Spain) as well as hundreds of indigenous languages in Spanish America, among them Nahuatl, Quechua, Aymara and Guarani.
In addition to Spanish, at Cardiff we also offer courses on both Catalan language and society.
Hispanic culture and society
At Cardiff we consider the linguistic skills that you will acquire or perfect with us as a key competence for studying
- Hispanic culture, in particular literature and film
- the history and society of Spain and other countries where Spanish is spoken.
Your understanding of the Hispanic world and its languages will be deepened and enhanced during your time abroad, immersed in the culture of a Spanish-speaking country.
As well as students with A-level Spanish, we also welcome students who have no previous knowledge of Spanish onto all of our Spanish degree programmes. Such applicants will generally require an A-level in any modern foreign language (typically a B).
The following degrees are available:
- Spanish (Single Honours)
- Ancient History and Spanish
- English Language and Spanish
- French and Spanish
- German and Spanish
- History and Spanish
- Italian and Spanish
- Politics and Spanish
- Religious Studies and Spanish
- Spanish and Economics
- Spanish and English Literature
- Spanish and Japanese
- Spanish and Philosophy
- Welsh and Spanish
Spanish beyond your studies
To speak Spanish and understand Hispanic culture is to be in touch with a richly vibrant cultural, literary and political world. In addition, Spain's presence in Europe and the speed of growth in Spanish America make a profound knowledge of the Spanish language and Hispanic culture a great asset in life. Graduates in Spanish take up employment in a wide range of fields, including international politics or business, consultancy, sales and marketing, the media and publishing, banking, the arts, the Civil Service, teaching, and translating/interpreting.
The skills acquired in Hispanic Studies are applicable to a range of endeavours in which critical analysis and problem solving skills are needed.
On my year abroad in Guadalajara I made some of my best friends, at first we struggled to communicate with each other but throughout the year they taught me a lot. Speaking Spanish every day really cemented my understanding of the language and it makes me so happy to have finally mastered it. I also had the opportunity to travel a fair amount in Mexico and I was lucky enough to visit some incredible places.
Alfie, Politics & Spanish student
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