The multicultural world in which we live requires increased communication among varied and often divergent cultures. Learning a new language and its culture enables students to cross cultural barriers and to achieve a more cosmopolitan, open-minded, and sensitive view of the world. The major seeks to ensure that students become as fluent as possible and introduces them to relevant cultures. For this reason, students take a number of language classes as well as literature, cinema, and general civilization courses. In addition, students are required to participate in study abroad and are urged to consider participating in international co-op, which prepares students to function on an everyday level in a foreign country. A major in Spanish can form the basis for careers in teaching at the elementary, secondary, or college level; international business relations; government service; journalism; library science; international affairs; travel; and community service, especially in Spanish-speaking areas.

Job Titles

Academic Advisor* Grassroots Organizer
Admissions Counselor Guidance Counselor*
Advocate Human Resources Administrator
Affirmative Action Officer Importer/Exporter
Business and Development Manager Interpreter
Civil Rights Analyst* Lawyer*
Community Outreach Coordinator Legislator*
Customs Officer Management Consultant
Diplomat* Museum Curator*
Diversity Coordinator Paralegal
Editorial Assistant Policy Analyst*
English as a Second Language (ESL) Teacher* Professor*
Event Planner Public Affairs Manager
Expatriation Advisor Real Estate Agent*
Foreign Consular Service Officer* Recruiter
Foreign Language Intelligence Analyst Research Assistant
Foreign Service Officer* Study Abroad Advisor*
Fundraiser Teacher*
Grant Writer Tour and Travel Manager

Positions that require additional education or training are indicated by a (*).

Job qualifications are based not only on degree program, but on skills and experience. Students should seek out as many experiential opportunities in their fields of interest as possible, including Co-op and internships.


Advertising/PR Firms Management Consulting Firms
Advocacy Groups Mental Health Organizations
Expatriation Services Companies Public and Private Schools
Financial Services Organizations Publishing Companies
Grassroots Organizations Real Estate Agencies
Hospitals Refugee/Immigration Services Organizations
Human Services Agencies Research Organizations
Law Firms Travel Agencies
Lobbying Groups Government Agencies, including: State Department, International Trade Administration, Customs and Border Patrol, Department of Labor, Health and Human Services, Environmental Protection Agency, IRS, FBI, CIA



These sample titles can be used to research internship opportunities in the field.

  • Public Affairs Intern
  • Legislative Intern
  • Community Relations Intern
  • Human Resources Intern

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