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Department of Languages, Literatures and Cultures


Careers in Spanish

The Spanish major is designed to provide students with a working proficiency in practical communicative skills in Spanish and familiarity with the cultures in which it is spoken. Spanish has become the second language of the United States. According to US census, the Hispanic population of the United States as of July 2014 is of 55 million, making people of Hispanic origin the nation’s largest ethnic or racial minority. Spanish is spoken in the United States and also in twenty-one countries of Latin America, Spain, and some parts of Africa and Asia, making it a useful language for anyone interested in travel or international business. 

The Spanish major progresses from courses in basic language skills through intermediate and advanced courses in conversation, grammar, composition and phonetics and linguistics to the study of the masterpieces of Spanish and Spanish American literature, representative Hispanic films and the historical and contemporary civilizations of Spain and Latin America. Applied Spanish courses in business Spanish and specialized Spanish vocabulary for various professions are also offered.

The Spanish major reflects a comprehensive education emphasizing analytical, critical and communication skills developing abilities in high demand for employers. With its emphases on research, writing and creative and analytical thought, the Spanish major prepares students for graduate studies in Spanish and most professional schools, including law, business, and education, and medicine, and for work in professions such as law, teaching, business, management, and publishing.

A major in Spanish helps students prepare for a wide variety of careers in education, politics, foreign service, the helping professions, travel and tourism, and communication.

*Note that some of these positions require an advanced degree.

Students who graduate with a degree in Spanish will be equipped with the following skills:

  • proficiency in the Spanish language
  • critical thinking/analytical reasoning
  • verbal and written skills in English
  • research experience
  • cross-cultural awareness
  • global awareness
  • abilitiy to work with diverse groups

Careers to consider

International Business
International Law
Government
Foreign Service
Tourism
Media, Communications
Law Enforcement Professional/FBI/CIA
Writer
Academia/Teaching and research at universities
Secondary/Primary Education
Teaching of English as a Foreign Language
Translation and Interpretation
Journalism
Social Work
Sales Professional
Medical Professional

Advanced Degrees especially attractive for students with a background in Spanish

Spanish/Hispanic Studies
Spanish Languages and Literatures
Comparative Literature
Linguistics
International Business
Law
Political Science
History
Economics
European Studies
Anthropology