Spanish Major

    • Studies are shaped by international experiences designed to increase your language proficiency and immerse you in another culture
    • In-depth study of another culture and living abroad for an extended period of time will give you insight into how other cultures view the world, as well as a better understanding of American culture

May Term

Take part in a May Term experience, where students spend four weeks abroad, combining intensive language study with faculty-led excursions to sites of historical and cultural significance.

During May Term, Spanish majors and minors visit about sites of cultural interest and study in Heredia, Costa Rica; French/French studies majors and minors travel to a language institute in Paris; German/German studies majors and minors visit several cities in Germany.

Study Abroad

As a junior, German, and Spanish majors will study abroad for a semester.

Many students choose to study at the University of Grenoble in France; the Universities of Bonn or Jena in Germany; and USAC, Heredia or San Ramon, Costa Rica, or the Center for Cross-Cultural Studies in Córdoba or Buenos Aires, Argentina, or Seville, Spain.


May Term is an ideal time for off-campus travel and study. Faculty members accompany students on a variety of courses.

A tight-knit mentoring community. WORTH IT.


Alumni Outcomes

Wartburg graduates find satisfying jobs and are admitted into top graduate and professional schools. Wartburg alumni can be found in all 50 U.S. states and over 70 foreign countries. Below is only a sample of the types of positions Wartburg graduates from the English and Modern Languages Department have had in the past.

Sample of Alumni Positions from the Past Five Years:

  • English Teacher, Mt. Pleasant High School, Mt. Pleasant
  • Graduate Student, Law
  • Spanish Teacher, Canutillo High School, El Paso, Texas
  • German Teacher, Oak Hills High School, Cincinnati, Ohio
  • Graduate Student, Ph.D.
  • Associate Pastor, St. Paul Lutheran Church, East Windsor, N.J.

Sample of Alumni Positions from the Past 10 Years:

  • Attorney, Black Hawk County Attorney’s Office, Waterloo
  • Spanish Teacher, Pembroke Pines Charter High School, Pembroke, Fla.
  • Spanish Interpreter, Northfield Hospital, Northfield, Minn.
  • French Teacher, Chicago Public Schools, Chicago, Ill.
  • Graduate Student-Ethnic and Multicultural Studies
  • Attorney, Fredrikson & Byron, P.A., Minneapolis, Minn.

Sample Stand-out Alumni Positions:

  • Director of External Relations, Oceanic Preservation Society, Calif.
  • District Court Judge, 7th Judicial District Court, Saint Cloud, Minn.
  • Owner/CEO, The Cup Man, Inc. Chicago, Ill.
  • Owner, Crossroads Books, Eau Claire, Wis.
  • Executive Director, Midwest Ecological Landscaping Association, Park Ridge, Ill.
  • FBI Special Agent, Minneapolis FBI Office, Minneapolis, Minn.
  • Professor of Law, New England School of Law, Boston, Mass.
Zach Marpe

Zach Marpe ’17: Peace Corps volunteer, Nicaragua

“I cannot express how incredible my experience in Costa Rica was, thanks to all the assistance and encouragement the staff at Wartburg provided me. I strengthened my language skills and cultural awareness and was forced out of my comfort zone in a major way for the first time in my life. No words or pictures I use will ever truly convey the beauty of those three weeks.” [READ MORE]


Luther Hall houses the Department of English and Modern Languages.

Professors who know you and are here to help. WORTH IT.



Thomas Boerigter

Professor of Spanish

Zak Montgomery

Associate Professor of Spanish