Are you interested in:

  • Cross-cultural knowledge
  • Diversity
  • Global issues
  • Health care
  • Translating
  • Interpreting
  • Travel and tourism

The ability to speak a foreign language will maximize a person’s ability to gain employment in any field. Spanish is spoken by millions of people around the globe and the United States has the fifth largest Spanish-speaking population in the world. Many employers prefer candidates with Spanish proficiency in a wide range of fields including medicine, education, human resources, diplomacy, international relations, immigration, law, and more. Skills learned with a Spanish major are applicable in a variety of fields: cultural competence, knowledge of global issues, critical thinking, resiliency, ability to work in groups, conflict negotiation and resolution, and problem solving.

Types of jobs:

  • Interpreting/translation
  • Social work
  • Intelligence and law enforcement
  • Healthcare
  • Human resources
  • Travel and tourism industry
  • Education
  • Diplomacy
  • Commerce
  • Public Health

Attend graduate school for:

  • Medicine
  • Law/paralegal
  • Business
  • Education
  • Translation/interpretation studies
  • Linguistics
  • Literature
  • Technical/creative writing
  • International studies

Options for the major:

  • B.A. in Spanish can lead to a variety of careers
  • Double major or minor in any additional related area of interest
  • Include specific electives as needed for licensure requirements if you are interested in elementary, middle, or high school teaching
  • Experiential opportunities
    • Study abroad
    • Undergraduate research
    • Student teaching
    • Participation in student organizations including Angeles Latinas and La Tertulia
    • American Council on The Teaching of Foreign Languages proficiency evaluation
    • American Translators Association accreditation
    • Internships and community-based learning with
      • Curamericas
      • El Centro para Familias Hispanas
      • El Pueblo
      • First Baptist Church of Raleigh Clothing Ministry
      • Juntos, Wake County 4-H Youth Development
      • Legal Aid of North Carolina
      • Neighbor to Neighbor Latino Outreach
      • North Carolina Society of Hispanic Professionals
      • Raleigh Parks, Recreation & Cultural Resources
      • Student Action with Farmworks
      • Urban Ministries Open Door Clinic
      • YMCA of the Triangle

Professional associations:

  • American Council on The Teaching of Foreign Languages
  • American Translators Association
  • Sigma Delta Pi, National Collegiate Hispanic Honors Society
  • Modern Language Association

Career outlook:

Career Outlook for Interpreters and Translators
Bilingual Jobs : Foreign Language Careers on the Rise
Why You Should Learn Another Language: Those who speak more than one language have a greater chance of succeeding in business
How to Get a Job at Google

Additional information:

Meredith’s Spanish major »

Language Study in the Age of Globalization »

MLA Statement of Language Learning and the United States National Policy »

Why learn a foreign language? Benefits of bilingualism »

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