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Why study Spanish?


An Concentration or Minor in Spanish builds competencies in speaking, reading and writing the Spanish language which will open communication channels with the more than 350 million native speakers of Spanish who reside in 21 different countries.

  • Spanish is today one of the world's most spoken languages.
  • It is the mother tongue of populations in three different continents - Europe, the Americas and Africa.
  • It ties cultures from the northern Atlantic to the Pacific Rim and from the Pyrenees in Spain to Patagonia in the southern tip of Argentina. It is one of the most used languages in international business and on the Internet.

In the United States, Hispanics, many of whom speak Spanish at home, are the fastest growing ethnic group. There is an increased demand for Spanish language media of all types - television, radio and print media such as newspapers and magazines. In today's multicultural, global economy knowledge of the Spanish language and the culture of the Spanish speaking countries is an invaluable asset.

The ties between the United States and the Spanish-speaking world are long standing and date back to the Spanish voyages at the end of the 15th century. The encounter between Spain and the indigenous inhabitants of the 'New World" is a recurring theme in cultural manifestations of the Spanish-speaking world. The student of Spanish Studies will come to understand through investigation of Spanish Literature, film, music, and other artistic manifestations the circumstances that gave distinctive character to English speaking North America and the Spanish speaking nations of the Caribbean, Mexico, Central and South America.

The undergraduate program in Spanish provides an excellent foundation for future graduate studies in Spanish literature, ethnic studies, the social sciences and international affairs.

A Concentration in Spanish can lead to career paths in public and government affairs, business, advertising, marketing, broadcasting and journalism, as well as the service professions including education, criminal justice, social work, public health and paralegal work. Developing both linguistic and cultural competence in Spanish, the second most spoken language in the United States and the fourth in the world, is a decided advantage - one which the degree in Spanish will give you.