Spanish major

Pursuing a major in Spanish is much more than simply learning to speak a language -- although that does provide many benefits, including making you a more valuable candidate in the job market. As a Spanish major, you discover and explore a language with a rich history that consists of many dialects and serves as a gateway to exciting cultures and noteworthy modern and historical literature.

Languages provide a cross-cultural understanding of how people think. When you become moderately fluent in a second language, you examine what you do from more than one perspective.

As a Spanish major, you have the flexibility to pair a Spanish major with a minor in business management, legal studies, political science, and more. Bilingual proficiency propels your career in education, translating and interpreting, business, health professions, and beyond.

You will be equipped with skills to pursue careers in fields such as teaching, translation, foreign or diplomatic service, editing and publishing, media, banking, business, and travel services. Here are some specific examples:

  • Teacher at Evergreen charter school (bilingual)
  • Spanish teacher at Case High School
  • Medical translator at Wheaton Franciscan Health Care
  • Coordinator of Medical Spanish program at Milwaukee Area Technical College

You have the opportunity to apply what you've learned in your language courses, as well as courses about Spanish-speaking cultures, by engaging in hands-on experiences such as traveling abroad. 

The Literatures and Languages Department also offers internships in collaboration with area businesses, governmental agencies, and nonprofit agencies.

DEPARTMENT CONTACT INFO

Literatures and Languages | Rita 278 | 262-595-2331

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