Spanish - a foreign language?
Why Study Spanish
- With over 500 million speakers, Spanish is one of the most spoken languages in the world (after Mandarín).
- With official status in 21 countries and sizable populations of speakers in many other countries, including the United States, Spanish can be heard in just about in every corner of the world.
- With close to 50 million U.S. speakers, Spanish is a living language in the United States that serves real world needs beyond the confines of the classroom. Indeed, the U.S. is home to the second-largest Spanish-speaking population in the world, after Mexico.
- With a rich cultural legacy and literary tradition, Spanish can expand your mind and broaden your perspectives. It is also a gateway to professional opportunities in the U.S. and abroad. From Healthcare, to Business, Education, Communication, Criminal Justice – wherever your career goals may lie – Spanish can help you get farther and do more.
The knowledge of Spanish for those seeking employment in our region is critical for the fields of teaching, journalism, publishing, advertising, writing, business, law, law enforcement, government, health services, as well as other career opportunities. Even a basic knowledge of Spanish at the SPAN 103 level may increase the probability of employment for these and other fields, as well as affect salary.
Some classes are offered only once a year, so make sure to consult with a Counselor or Advisor.
The B.A. in Spanish is offered in four different tracks:
- Hispanic Literature, Language and Civilization (Teaching) Track
- Hispanic Cultural Studies Track
- Business Track
- Communication Studies
The Liberal Studies degree, for those prospective teachers of elementary children K-6, can be enhanced by taking the Spanish Studies Emphasis. This track allows the student to teach in both English and bilingual classrooms.
The minor in Spanish, which can be combined with any non-Spanish major, gives the student additional experience in Hispanic culture, literature and linguistics. A double major of Spanish and another subject is also an option.
Día Latino is a Success
There are multiple opportunities to study abroad, expand your knowledge of the language and culture AND earn units.
Check out the Study Abroad in Spain page for more details.
Degree Requirements and Road Maps
Please click on the appropriate degree road map to view. Please note that they are in PDF format.