Spanish is the third most spoken language, after Mandarin Chinese and English. It is becoming increasingly crucial in terms of the global economy, and could play a major role in your life as well as professional and personal development. If you speak Spanish, you can communicate with almost 500 million people worldwide. Think how many more employment options that gives you! Becoming fluent in Spanish will open the doors to many exciting careers. At Queens, you will receive superior language training, and you will learn Spanish literatures, cultures, and history.
Perks of Being a Spanish Major
- International Study
As a critical component of becoming fluent in Spanish, you will participate in our international education program. Options include short-term faculty-led programs, language immersion, study abroad or international internships. You will have the opportunity to immerse yourself first-hand in Spanish language and cultures.
- Thrive in today's global economy
Fluency in a language other than your own is key to understanding and fully participating in today's global economy. In addition, being a Spanish major assures a holistic appreciation of cultural patterns and linguistic excellence.
- Earn your teaching licensure
You will have the option to earn a licensure to teach Spanish through coordination with our Cato School of Education.
You will have opportunities to intern at a diverse group of sites including:
- Overseas aid agencies
- Drug Enforcement Agency
- Library of Congress
- US State Department
- The United Nations
- Corporations with foreign subsidiaries
- Law firms
- Schools and universities
- Healthcare organizations
- Foreign news agencies
- Non-profit organizations
"I decided to join Habitat Charlotte on a trip to El Salvador. Queens provided me with the support, knowledge and encouragement I needed in order to reach my goal of being able to communicate in a foreign language, make new friends in other parts of the world, and redefine my personal definition of community." - Alumna Anna Gallant Carter
When You Graduate
As a Queens Spanish major, you can go on to graduate school or a rewarding career in a number of fields including business, translation and interpretation, foreign service, education, law, diplomacy and government service, public policy, the military, communications, technology, marketing, tourism, journalism and non-profits. Bilingual employees will bridge cultures and develop powerful relationships with new clients if they know a second language.
"Upon graduation, I was offered a position as a software trainer for a company in the automotive business. I realized the skills I gained in my Spanish major extended beyond the conjugation of Latin verbs. My classes afforded me a sense of versatility and ability to connect with others." - Philipe Araujo '08