In today’s world there are myriad reasons to study Spanish language and culture: the increasing Spanish-speaking population in the U.S. opens up diverse job opportunities; political realities in Latin America affect current U.S. politics and social programs; contemporary Latin American writers focused on themes of ethnicity, racism, and alienation influence global conversations; and the Golden Age of Spanish literature, as well as Spanish art and architecture, has informed western aesthetics and philosophy for centuries.
Transylvania’s Spanish classes offer intense study of Spanish grammar and conversation as well as courses in Spanish and Spanish-American literature, history, and cultural development.
Study and travel abroad strengthen students' cultural understanding and language skills. Through an arrangement with other universities, Transylvania students can spend a term or a year in Spain or Mexico. May term, a one-month term during which Transylvania students take one course, also offers concentrated time for study abroad. Recent May term destinations include Spain, Ecuador, and Costa Rica.
Why study Spanish?
Knowing Spanish opens the door for you to communicate with 350 million people around the world. It is currently the fourth most commonly spoken language worldwide.
Spanish is the second most common language in the U.S. and is spoken by over 12 percent of the U.S. population.
With the rapidly increasing Hispanic population, there are a multitude of career fields in the U.S. that need Spanish speakers, including nurses, social workers, teachers, and salespeople.
Internationally, people who speak Spanish often have opportunities to work in trade, diplomacy, interpretation, and security fields.
Bilingual employees often receive a larger salary than their non-Spanish speaking counterparts.
Spanish and English have many common Latin roots. Understanding these words of Latin origin is especially helpful in certain professions in science, medicine, law, and others with specialized vocabulary.
If you plan to travel to any of the following countries, knowing Spanish will enrich your experience: Spain, Venezuela, Argentina, Chile, Equatorial Guinea, Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua, Costa Rica, Ecuador, Peru, Mexico, Cuba, the Dominican Republic, Puerto Rico, Panama, Colombia, Bolivia, Paraguay, and Uruguay.
(Source: VISTAWIDE World Languages & Cultures)
Opportunities in the major:
- Service learning with refugees and the Latino community
- Internships in Lexington and abroad
- Membership in Sigma Delta Pi, the Spanish honorary