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Knowing the Spanish Language Creates Opportunities

As an LVC Spanish major, you'll be prepared to engage the diverse, multicultural, and multilingual world in your places of employment, graduate school, and communities.

Complete some of your coursework in a Spanish-speaking country if desired—we offer a variety of countries to visit and topics to study. The skills you'll develop will open doors in any profession.

Immerse Yourself in Spanish Language and Culture
We offer numerous opportunities locally and abroad to engage the language and culture. These activities include short-term summer study abroad, international service trips to Spanish-speaking countries, and volunteer work with the local Hispanic community with Compeer of Lebanon, Lebanon Valley Volunteers in Medicine, Lebanon School District, and Lebanon YMCA, among others.

Want to earn an LVC scholarship to study abroad?
In addition to our short-term summer program in Costa Rica, we offer a full-semester program in Spain. Better yet, our generous language alumni and emeriti have created two scholarships for LVC students to help defray the cost of studying abroad: The Zerbe Summer Study Abroad Scholarship and The Captain Charles Thomas Cooper III-Don Quixote Scholarship

Open New Doors: Minor in Spanish

The number of Spanish-speaking patients entering the healthcare systems grows each year, so being a bilingual speech-language therapist will prepare you to become a valuable professional. Combine a Spanish minor with our five-year, master’s in Speech-Language Pathology or Athletic Training programs, our six-year Doctor of Physical Therapy program, or with an undergraduate major in Biology, Biochemistry & Molecular Biology, Chemistry, Exercise Science, Medical Technology, or Neuroscience.

Combining a speech-language pathology major with a Spanish minor, for example, will help you gain competence in Spanish to communicate with Spanish-speaking patients and their families, build trust and create empathy with your patients, develop an awareness of Hispanic cultures, and expand your employment opportunities globally. The minor requires five courses at LVC, including oral and writing communication and Spanish for Health Care Professionals, as well as an opportunity to study abroad. 

Why LVC?

  • It's global: Over 400 million people speak Spanish in the world [1].
  • It's local: Half a million people speak Spanish in Pa [2].
  • It's next door: 40% of the population of Lebanon is Hispanic. 
  • Recent Spanish majors have had extensive opportunities to conduct research and international community service with their faculty in Mexico, Peru, and Puerto Rico, as well as in the local community through innovative academic programs created by department professors.
  • Speaking Spanish gives you an advantage in the national and international job markets. It will open doors to many of the world’s largest international companies.
  • Spanish majors will receive close, personal attention from LVC faculty and opportunities to study abroad and practice the language at the College’s semester-long program in Spain or short-term summer program in Costa Rica.
  • Majoring or minoring in Spanish, combined with any of LVC’s several health professions majors, will help graduates who go on to medical school become better physicians. Many LVC doctor of physical therapy, biochemistry & molecular biology and pre-med majors double major or minor in Spanish.  Furthermore, if you are interested in elementary or secondary education, you will find that additional certification in a language significantly enhances employment opportunities.
  • LVC’s Languages Department fosters the study of languages and cultures and invites students to discern, understand, and respect other cultures, as well as their own. We endeavor to prepare students to successfully engage with a diverse, multicultural, and multilingual world in their places of employment, graduate school, and their communities.

Internships & Experiences

Megan Dowdrick

Megan Dowdrick

“When I began studying Spanish at LVC, I had no idea that I would soon be video chatting with native speakers around the world or interning at a local school district. LVC has given me various opportunities to grow my Spanish skills outside of the classroom and use those skills in real-life settings. I've also had the opportunity to learn so much in the classroom, as the professors have a strong dedication to not only teach the language itself, but the culture that surrounds it.”

Samantha Lowe

Samantha Lowe

“Picking up a major in Spanish at LVC has been a life-changing experience. [The department] assisted me throughout the completion of my degree by providing me with unforgettable experiences while accommodating my hectic schedule as I also pursue a Master’s degree in Speech-Language Pathology. I had the opportunity to study abroad for a semester in Valladolid, Spain, complete an internship interpreting at a medical clinic, and complete an independent study with Dr. McEvoy.”

Julia Resele

Julia Resele

LVC's Languages Department has enabled me to grow through various experiences, such as studying abroad, taking classes, listening to speakers, being a peer tutor for the subject, and creating my own internship. Specifically, my internship experience teaching at a bilingual elementary school allowed me to combine my passion for teaching and Spanish. This classroom experience was invaluable and would not have been possible without the support and guidance of the Languages Department faculty.