Spanish Program

Welcome to the Spanish Program at Montclair State University, an exciting intellectual, personal, and professional adventure that offers you multiple possibilities for future careers and cultural enrichment.



  • Almost 500 million people in the world speak Spanish.
  • Spanish is the third most commonly spoken language in the world.
  • Spanish is spoken by half of the population in the Western world.
  • Spanish is the official language of 21 countries in the world.
  • The United States has the fifth largest Hispanic population worldwide with more than 44 million Hispanics.
  • In the U.S. more job opportunities are increasing for those who are fluent in both Spanish and English due to the constant growth of the U.S. Hispanic population.
  • 10 Nobel Literature Prizes have been awarded to Spanish-speaking authors, with the most recent one Peruvian writer Mario Vargas Llosa (2010).
  • Spanish is fun!  Spanish opens up opportunities to experience different aspects of the language such as reading Cien años de soledad by Gabriel García Márquez, watching the best films of Pedro Almodóvar, listening to the songs of Celia Cruz, Juanes, and the Buena Vista Social Club, and conversing with people from many countries and cultural backgrounds.



The Spanish program prides itself on offering students multiple courses of study, careful mentoring by devoted faculty, enriching cultural activities and a nationally recognized chapter of the Hispanic Honor Society.


Here are some top reasons to study Spanish at Montclair State University:

• You can choose from among three possible Spanish majors, two combined degrees, two minors, an undergraduate certificate program in Spanish translation, and five graduate programs.

• The Spanish faculty, eminent Hispanists representing six different nationalities, is committed to offering exciting courses in literature, cultural studies, film, Hispanic linguistics, translation, and interpreting. 

• The Spanish faculty provides mentoring for all Spanish majors and minors, guiding them with care through their undergraduate studies and beyond, and celebrating their achievements and successes in our department newsletter and reception for graduates. 

• Students will have the opportunity to meet writers, film directors, actors, and visiting lecturers from many countries of the Hispanic world and to spend quality time with them over lunch, dinner, and special receptions.