Why study Spanish?
According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the number of Spanish speakers in the United States increased from 17.3 million in 1990 to 28.1 million in 2000, a 62 percent rise. By 2007 the number was 35 million. The Southwest United States has about three times the number of Spanish speakers as the Northeast and Midwest combined. With the number of Spanish speakers rapidly increasing in our nation, the demand for educated bilingual speakers will continue to grow.
Practically every career can be enhanced with the study of Spanish. By becoming educated bilingual speakers our students are more competitive in the job market, and often find that companies offer extra pay or bonuses because of this ability.
Management, Marketing, Sales, Customer Service and Support, Government Agencies, Medicine, Law, Criminology, Education, Social Services, Psychology, Counseling Services, Computer Technology Support and Sales, Mass Media and Communications are only a sample of the fields where an educated bilingual speaker is highly valued.
As if this was not enough, Spanish is spoken by almost 400 million people worldwide in most of South America, Central America, Mexico and Spain. Learning Spanish, and the culture of the many countries that speak it, helps our students better understand their own language and culture, thus gaining perspective of our diverse world.
Program Goals for Spanish Majors
Spanish Majors will achieve a level of proficiency in Spanish communication skills (listening, speaking, reading, writing) and in the understanding of Hispanic cultures sufficient to allow them to function effectively in careers in teaching, business, the media, government, the arts, etc.