Spanish, Bachelor of Arts

Your love of the language and culture of the Spanish-speaking world has led you to want to share that love with others. The Spanish degree at Friends University challenges students to undertake the study of Spanish and Latin American literature and hone conversation, composition, grammar and linguistic skills.

Students of all proficiency levels in the Spanish language are encouraged to participate in this challenging and life-changing program with courses at the beginning, intermediate and advanced levels.

Students are highly encouraged to study abroad during their program. A 20+ year relationship with our sister university La Salle University in Cancun, Mexico, as well as Havana, Cuba and Granada, Spain, allows students to become immersed in a language and culture experience each summer.

An invaluable resource that provides students opportunities to practice their studies and continue learning about these diverse cultures, is Kappa Phi, the Friends University chapter of Sigma Delta Pi, the national Spanish honor society which has won Outstanding National Chapter 11 times since 1992.

Program Outcomes

  • Demonstrate the ability to speak appropriately and effectively in a capstone Spanish conversation course by maintaining a dialogue during an Oral Proficiency Interview (OPI) with an outside evaluator.
  • Demonstrate the ability to write appropriately and effectively by writing a formal research paper in a capstone Spanish literature course.

Areas of Potential Employment

  • International commerce
  • Travel companies
  • Media relations
  • Medicine
  • Government
  • Education
  • Social services

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“From studying abroad to making tamales in community centers, the Spanish program at Friends University provided me with some wonderful opportunities that have broadened my perspective, nurtured my curiosity, and have given me a confidence to step into something that is bigger than myself.” – Nathan Nonhof

“My professors have furnished me with the tools to connect with others on multiple levels and thrive in an unfamiliar atmosphere.” – Samantha Billings



Dr. Megan Hughes-Zarzo

  • Assistant Professor of Spanish; Honors Program Director
  • Religion and Humanities
  • B.A., Friends University; M.A. Kansas State University; Ph.D., Stony Brook University

Dr. Jerry Smartt

  • Professor of Spanish
  • Religion and Humanities
  • B.A., University of Texas; M.Ed., M.A., Ph.D., Wichita State University

Dr. Manuel Urrutia Zarzo

  • Assistant Professor of Spanish
  • Religion and Humanities
  • M.A., Kansas State University; Ph.D., Stony Brook University