The second most used language in the world, Spanish, is spoken in at least 20 countries by over five hundred million people. After Mexico, the United States has the second largest population of people of Hispanic heritage in the world (Census Bureau 2010). Whether at home or abroad, job markets where knowing Spanish offers a distinct advantage are numerous: advertising, public relations and the media, business, banking, social and medical services, teaching, federal and state government agencies, law, library science, publishing and editing services, translation and interpretation, travel and tourism, diplomacy and political careers, among others. It is a fact that many private companies and public institutions in a variety of fields are in need of people proficient in Spanish.
Marist College offers a strong curriculum in Spanish. Courses are carefully designed to afford students the opportunity to achieve a specific set of linguistic, cultural, and analytical Student Learning Outcomes (explained here). Our faculty is well-trained and directly involved in each student’s four-year plan. They also work closely with Marist International Programs Office (MIP) to develop tailored study abroad experiences in Cuba, Spain, Chile, Costa Rica, and other destinations through the Spanish-speaking world. In addition, internships in Spanish, an asset to prospective employers, are available to students who qualify in consultation with our faculty.
As a major, minor, or as a Pathway, there is a Spanish program that will prepare you for a global and multilingual workplace.
Why Study Spanish?
There are so many reasons!
Consider these: to better communicate with your neighbor, to sell to an international consumer base with bilingual skills, to understand the world from a different cultural perspective, or even to listen to the original version of Shakira's songs! Check out these articles on why everyone should learn Spanish, and why Spanish is the language for you!
Because being bilingual makes you smarter....17 reasons Every American Should Learn Spanish- The Huffington Post
Because it is the third most used language on the web...The Case for Spanish and Portuguese- The American Association for Teachers of Spanish and Portuguese
Because it is essential for traveling...Why Learn Spanish?-About.com Spanish Language
On the Spotlight
Dr. Kevin Gaugler is leading a small group of students to the Dominican Republic to teach computer basics to school-aged children in Sosua and Cabarete. The trip leaves early June and is a collaboration between the Dr. Gaugler in the Spanish program and Dr. Carolyn Matheus, professor of Information Systems. For more information click HERE.