World Languages

Language and cultural skills with a focus on social justice issues.

Program Information

Viterbo’s world languages program offers students insight into today's interconnected global society, and prepares them for the global job market. More than just speaking and writing Spanish, Viterbo’s major allows students to explore the culture of Latin America and Latinos with a focus on social justice. Our program develops these skills as a community, inside and outside of the classroom. Faculty support and facilitate study abroad experiences, and internship opportunities, which allow students to experience other cultures from a global perspective. Based on American Council on Teaching Foreign Language (ACTFL) standards, Viterbo’s program offers students the opportunity to develop skills through community involvement, study abroad, summer research, and scholarly work opportunities. Introductory-level French, German, and Italian courses also are available to satisfy the bachelor of arts language requirements.


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Spanish (BA)

Viterbo’s Spanish program provides the language and cultural skills that prepare students for a global market. This program allows students to explore the cultures of Latin American and Spain as well as Latinos in the U.S. with a focus on social Justice. With a 100 percent placement rate, graduates of this program are professionally and culturally competent to grow in a wide range of careers.

Spanish (Minor)

Minors at Viterbo University generally require between 15–25 credits upon completion. Transfer course and waivers and/or substitutions could modify these credit totals.

Latin American and Latino/a Studies (Minor)

The Spanish language is ever-growing in popularity, and now almost 15% of Americans speak it. Having an enriched knowledge of Latin culture and the Spanish language is a valuable trait in modern America. The Latin American Studies minor at Viterbo University is a great route for improving the competency skills of students, which helps enrich a skill set that is valuable in the health care, education, business, social work, and communication fields, among others. This minor promotes two significant outcomes. The first is to raise awareness of social justice issues related to Latin America populations, and Latinos in the United States. The other is to encourage local, national and international engagement and advocacy toward social justice issues in Latin America, and Latinos in the United States.  

Interpreting Studies (Minor)

The interpreting studies minor is aimed at helping bilingual speakers become qualified interpreters, and is usable with all languages. It is a great choice for those who intend on having language interpreting as an aspect of their future careers- which, with this minor at Viterbo University, can be in medical, educational, legal, business, and social settings. 

Community Interpreting Certificate

This certificate program is a total of 13 credits and takes one academic year to complete (August–May). The four required courses are taught in an online format, with a face-to-face option for local students. There is also a one credit internship to be completed in spring semester.
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