Facts about Spanish Language
recognize that applicants, who have studied, worked, or even traveled
abroad are more likely to possess the qualities in demand by the global
economy such as personal maturity, courage to take risks, imagination,
adaptability and self-confidence.
Preparation for Graduate School - Students who earn a B.A. in
Spanish may apply for graduate school to pursue advanced studies in
Spanish as either a major or minor.
International Business, Diplomacy and Law - In an
increasingly global society, the ability to speak both English and Spanish
provides students with marketable skills to function well in the world of
international trade. Developing Spanish skills beyond the level of minimal
language requirement classes greatly increases career opportunities for
individuals in the areas of business, law, technology, and international
relations. The global expansion of American companies creates a demand for
those who are able to function and communicate effectively in
Communication - The process of learning a foreign language and
understanding its embeddedness in a rich cultural and social context of
diverse human efforts provides Spanish majors with a complex and
comprehensive educational experience. Graduates will find an array of
business related job opportunities in publishing, editing, the media, the
arts, and communication.
Travel and Tourism - Mexico is, and for the past 20 years has been,
the number one foreign destination for Americans. Consequently, there is a
large demand for bilingual professionals in tourism and travel. Domestic
Careers in Public Services - As the latest USA census data show, the
number of Spanish speakers is on the rise. As a result, there is a need
for college-educated people able to effectively communicate with bilingual
or Spanish-speaking population in various areas of public service.
Job. A student who has completed a
semester study (12-week program) with us
is elegible to work in the following areas:
Elementary, middle & high school
Health Care Professions
Businesses with Hispanic marketing
Federal Bureau of Investigation
Central Intelligence Agency
State and local government offices
Immigration and Naturalization Service
Interpreters ( Oral Translators )
USA Today; Arlington, Va.; May 9, 2001
By Deborah Sharp
Si usted no habla español, puede quedarse rezagado (If
you don't speak Spanish, you might be left behind.)
It's increasingly difficult to ignore the spread of Spanish in the United
States. Bank ATMs offer instructions in Spanish. The Yellow Pages in many
cities adds a Spanish-language insert. And Spanish is working its way into
everyday use. Is there an American left who can't order fajitas with spicy
jalapeños using the proper Spanish-accented flair? (Say the J like an H:
If you want to get on in today's modern world, using just English is not
It really pays to learn at least one more language. The obvious choice is
Spanish, the next most widely spoken language globally.
By learning Spanish, you can communicate with another half billion people.
Let's look at some facts:
Spanish is the second world language as a vehicle of international
communication and the third as an international language of politics,
economics and culture (1).
About 330 million people in the world speak Spanish as their first
The demand for Spanish courses has doubled worldwide in ten years (3).
Spanish is the official language in 21 countries (4).
Approximately another 100 million people speak Spanish as second language.
In the United States 13% of the population speak Spanish as their first
In the United States and Canada, Spanish is the most popular foreign
language to learn (6).
The Latin-American countries are experiencing constant economic growth and
because of that, are becoming more important as trading partners. A number
of large Latin-American countries are on the verge of signing the NAFTA
(North American Free Trade Agreement), set up by the United States, Canada
Given the facts above, you stand a better chance in the labor market if
you speak Spanish. There are, of course, many other reasons to learn
And don't forget that Spain is a very popular holiday destination. One
more reason: Spain rose from a world ranking of 11 to 3 in only one
decade, as one of the best countries in which to live(7).
(1, 2, 3, 4) Source: Instituto Cervantes.
(5, 6) Source: La Vanguardia.
(7) Source: The Economist.