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Just the Facts

Program Start Term: Fall, Spring, Summer
Program Length: 2 Years
Award: A.A.

Completed Online: Both
Completed in the Evenings: Day, Evening, Online
Pathway: Transfer Path
Career Cluster: Communication and Fine Arts
Program Locations:

About the Program

Few academic programs can compare to the job opportunities available to graduates in the field of foreign languages, especially Spanish. Iowa Western's Spanish program of study will prepare you to transfer and complete a bachelor’s degree, where you will be well versed in the areas of speaking, writing, literature and culture. You’ll leave Iowa Western after earning an Associate of Arts degree.

Due to a continuing influx of Spanish-speaking immigrants, the ability to speak the language creates opportunities for highly rewarding careers. Iowa Western’s program focuses on comprehension, pronunciation, reading, and writing. Our top-rate instructors will help you increase your oral and comprehension skills while also becoming familiar with Spanish culture.

Spanish translators are in high demand all over the country, whether it be police departments, hospitals, courts, or even the United Nations. After graduating from Iowa Western, you can pursue a bachelor’s degree that will pave the way to a world-wide market.

Career Information

The Spanish program is designed for students intending to transfer to a four-year institution. Career opportunities are primarily dependent upon completion of a bachelor’s degree. Spanish majors can apply their skills and teach Spanish, since there is a high demand for Spanish teachers. Graduates can also become translators of books and publications, or become interpreters for courts, hospitals, and other places of business. Bilingual skills make employees more marketable for job placement in virtually all career fields. Students can also use their skills to enter the growing world of international business and work with people all over the globe.

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Program Outcomes

Upon the successful completion of the program students will:

  • Utilize elements of grammar in written and/or oral forms.
  • Demonstrate an awareness and understanding of other cultures.


* Because career opportunities associated with this degree are so varied, salaries vary considerably as well. To explore careers and gather specific salary information, we encourage you to visit the following website: IHaveaPlanIowa