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Spanish (B.A.)

B.A., Spanish

College of Humanities and Social Sciences

What You’ll Do

Mastering Spanish opens up your world and your job prospects. As trade with Latin America and Spain continues to grow, there is a greater need for people with the language and culture skills. This need is compounded by the continuing growth of the Hispanic population in the United States.

You will take courses in language designed to develop fluency in both speaking and writing and courses in culture and literature that will give you the background necessary to communicate with Spanish-speaking people. The flexibility offered by the free electives in this major is an advantage for those coordinating a double major.

Spanish majors are required to participate in a study-abroad experience. Prospective employers will want to know about the types of international experiences you have had. IUP students may take advantage of one of three Spanish departmental programs in Spain, Mexico, or Costa Rica, which count toward the Spanish major. Students may also choose to participate in non-IUP exchanges.

What You’ll Become

With a Bachelor of Arts degree in Spanish, you’ll be well equipped for today’s global society. Students often double major in Spanish in order to enhance their job prospects.

According to a report by the Bureau of Labor Statistics, there are a growing number of jobs for people with language skills in educational settings, health care, social assistance, government, and the courts. The U.S. Department of Labor report also noted that jobs can be found with publishing companies, telephone companies, airlines, and translating agencies.

The report states that the need for interpreters and translators is expected to increase 24 percent through 2016. It also predicts strong growth in jobs in health care and in homeland security. An increased emphasis on international business and the growing number of Spanish-speaking people in the United States fuel the need for people with bilingual skills.

Spanish majors have also gone on to graduate studies in Spanish literature, linguistics, history, and politics.

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Special Features

  • Students may live on the Spanish language floor, Piso Cervantes, housed in Delaney Hall.
  • The department publishes an international literary journal, the Hispanic Journal, and a student journal, Adelante.
  • The Spanish club, Dimensiones españolas, holds many activities.
  • The department hosts two yearly conferences for scholars.In 2006, IUP’s Spanish program (B.S.Ed. in Spanish Education) was one of twelve programs nationally to be named an outstanding teacher-education program by the American Council of the Teaching of Foreign Languages.