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 cultural immersion experience, where students spend four weeks off campus, combining intensive language study with faculty-led excursions to sites of historical and cultural significance around the world.

During May Term, Spanish majors and minors visit about sites of cultural interest in Costa Rica or Wartburg West in Denver, Colorado; German/German studies majors and minors visit several cities in Germany.

Study Abroad

In their junior year, German and Spanish majors will study abroad for a semester.

Many students choose to study at the Universities of Bonn or Jena in Germany; Heredia or San Ramón (medical Spanish), Costa Rica; Córdoba or Buenos Aires, Argentina; Santiago, Chile; Bilbao, San Sebastián, 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.
Al Exito Hispanic program in Wartburg's Spanish department, photo courtesy of W-CF Courier

Partnership with Al Exito

In Dr. Zak Montgomery’s capstone class for Spanish majors, Wartburg students partner with high school students in the Latino mentoring program Al Exito. Click the button to read the story from the Waterloo-Cedar Falls Courier.
(Photo courtesy of the W-CF Courier)

Michaelson, Briner & Kildahl Literary Symposium

The annual symposium celebrating the humanities is presented by the Harry and Polly Slife Professorship in Humanities and co-sponsored by Vogel Library, the Wartburg Scholars Program and the Franklin I. and Irene Saemann Chair in World Communities. Thanks to a leadership gift from alumni Steven and Jane Noah and Dale and Judy Goeke, the annual event brings an author, poet or other literary figure to campus to engage students, faculty, staff and the broader community in activities to stimulate critical thought. 

Recent MBK Symposium speakers:Dr. Aron Aji, award-winning translator (2018)Luis Argueta, award-winning Guatemalan filmmaker (2017)


Luther Hall houses the Department of English and Modern Languages.

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



Marta Ramírez Martínez

Assistant Professor of Spanish

Zak Montgomery

Associate Professor of Spanish