Undergraduate Programs

Spanish and Portuguese are world languages. They are the major languages of Spain and Portugal, the official languages of almost 20 countries in the Americas, and they also have a presence in Africa and Asia, and increasingly in the US. With their many millions of speakers, the importance of Spanish and Portuguese for global and economic affairs is immense. Equally striking and important are the ways in which the rich and diverse cultures of their many speakers manifest themselves in literature, film, music and the visual arts. Through its extensive course offering the department of Spanish and Portuguese at Georgetown aims to give its students an unparalleled learning experience aimed at developing a high level of linguistic competence and a deep understanding of Spanish and Portuguese speaking cultures across the globe.

The department offers three undergraduate concentrations: the Spanish major and minor (new window), the Portuguese major and minor (new window), and the Spanish and Portuguese Studies major.

Given the importance of Spanish in the professions, in recent years we have created a series of courses especially geared to students in the School of Foreign Service, the McDonough School of Business and the School of Nursing and Health Sciences.

Students in our majors can also obtain certificates in Latin American Studies, and European Studies. Popular double majors include Spanish and Government, Spanish and English, Spanish and Economics, as well as Spanish and the Pre-Med Track.  The Spanish minor is also a popular option for students in the School of Foreign Services.

Talented undergraduate students have the opportunity to graduate with a Master’s degree as part of our five-year accelerated master’s program.

We strongly encourage our majors and minors to complement the knowledge that they have gained in our courses by doing Study Abroad (new window).

We also offer numerous cultural and social activities (new window) here at Georgetown. 

Our students graduate to work in a variety of fields and organizations, including for example Google, NBC Universal, Princeton in Latin America, Global Health Strategies, Teach for America, and Deloitte. We take pride in educating the next generation of global, multi-lingual citizens that will lead and make a difference in the world.