It’s a small—and interconnected—world, and those who are proficient in more than one language have a significant advantage over those who aren’t. When you major in Spanish, you’ll become fluent in the second most widely spoken language in the world.
Skills and Certification in spanish
According to a 2011 U.S. Census Bureau report, the number of Spanish speakers will rise through 2020 to between 39 million and 43 million. In fact, the United States is currently the fifth largest Spanish-speaking nation in the world.
There’s little doubt that a degree in Spanish will leave you well equipped for today’s global economy. Multinational corporations and small businesses alike increasingly need employees with knowledge of foreign languages and cultures to market products to customers and work effectively with employees around the globe.
The Spanish with a Business Focus track will allow you to combine your interest in and/or facility with a foreign language with a sequence of selected business courses to create a program that employers desire: someone with a degree and training in the area of business and a sophisticated competency in another language. It is widely known that all businesses are increasingly global in their approach, and so the need for speakers of foreign languages is on the rise. This combined major will prepare you to help your future employer compete on a rapidly changing business landscape. Learn more about the Spanish with a Business Focus curriculum.
The Spanish Language, Cultures and Literatures track will give you the opportunity to combine your interest in the Spanish language with your interest in the great cultures and literatures of Spain and the countries in Spanish America-- Argentina, Bolivia, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Cuba, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Mexico, Nicaragua, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, Puerto Rico, Uruguay, and Venezuela. You’ll also learn about the thriving Latinx culture in the U.S.
You also have the opportunity to earn your teacher certification in Spanish for grades 7-12 in STAC’s adolescence education program. There are many teaching jobs in the U.S. available for teachers certified in the teaching of Spanish.
There is no better way to learn the language and appreciate Spanish culture than visiting Spain! Students at St. Thomas Aquinas College can take courses at prestigious universities across Spain. This is an easy and exciting opportunity to learn Spanish. And study abroad can be a life-changing experience. Immersing oneself in a different culture is the best way to learn a language, as well as the culture that speaks it. Studying in the great cities of Spain – or in any Spanish-speaking country – will expose students to new ways of thinking about the world! Read about student experiences in our Study Abroad programs.
Make the Connection
Our faculty work hard to give you opportunities to make connections between language and culture, including:
- Cine Español: Screenings of Spanish language films by international directors, followed by an open discussion moderated by our Spanish faculty.
- Fiesta Española: A concert series highlighting the musical tradition of Spanish-speaking countries, some of which feature our own students and faculty.
Careers for spanish language majors
High school Spanish language programs are facing a serious teacher shortage in the NY Metro area. Over the past five years, 100% of STAC’s Spanish/secondary education majors landed teaching jobs within months of graduation. (There are also grants and loan-forgiveness programs for students who major in Spanish.) But Spanish majors have a host of other career possibilities, including those in law enforcement, health services, immigration and naturalization, tourism, journalism, and the armed forces, to name just a few.
More and more businesses work closely with companies in other countries. Corporations need workers who can communicate in different languages and understand other cultures. No matter what career you choose, if you've learned a second language, you'll have a real advantage. A computer technician or a salesperson who speaks Spanish is a more attractive job candidate than someone who knows only one language.
There are lots of Americans who speak languages other than English. No matter what your career interest, you will multiply your chances for success if you speak more than one language. Professionals in all areas who know other languages are called on to travel and exchange information with people in other countries throughout their careers. Knowing more than one language enhances opportunities in government, business, medicine and health care, law enforcement, teaching, technology, the military, communications, industry, social service, and marketing. Employers will see you as a bridge to new clients or customers if you know a second language, an asset to their business.