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Department of

Languages and Literatures

Spanish

I. Why study Spanish?

There are several reasons why our students choose to major and minor in Spanish. In addition to being the world’s second most widely spoken language, Spanish is a language of business and diplomacy, arts and culture. In fact, the Spanish language is one of our hemisphere’s common denominators. The United States alone is home to the world’s second largest Spanish-speaking population! Our Major and Minor, with their emphasis in language acquisition, literary and cultural studies, align superbly with other disciplines such as history, political science, sociology, anthropology, economics, psychology, and business. Knowledge of Spanish and Latin American cultures facilitates studies and travels abroad across the Spanish-speaking world and beyond.

II. What makes the Spanish major at USD special?

Our privileged location in the Southern-most region of California, only minutes from the US-Mexico border, is an ideal environment for jobs in professions that not only recommend but require proficiency in the Spanish language and knowledge of Latin American cultures.
Our faculty possess expertise in diverse areas and embrace innovative pedagogical approaches that facilitate the study of the Spanish language, its cultures, and its literatures across continents and time periods.

We offer outstanding Study Abroad opportunities, including full immersion programs, throughout the Spanish-speaking world. The Spanish Program offers courses in literary and cultural studies, creative writing, and linguistics. For a full list of courses taught please click here.

The Spanish major constitutes a key component for both the Latin American Studies and the Medieval and Renaissance Studies Programs.

III. What can I do with a Spanish major?

The Spanish major is an invaluable degree that allows our students to enter numerous fields. Samples of professions chosen by our graduates include:

* Biotechnologies, Sciences, Environmental Studies
* Engineering
* Government / Diplomacy
* Graduate studies
* Journalism, Radio, and Television
* Legal Professions

 

 

* Marketing, Business, Real Estate, and Finance
* Medicine / Health Professions
* Non-Governmental Organizations
* Teaching K-12, College, and University
* Tourism and Hospitality Industry
* Translation and Interpretation Industry
* Social Services