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Spanish Degree: What to Expect?

A major in Spanish opens a lot of doors these days. Having any second language in your arsenal is a great resume booster, but Spanish is spoken widely and can be used more frequently. But earning a degree in Spanish, whether in the classroom or online, is not easy, especially if you weren’t raised speaking Spanish in your home. Start by taking Spanish classes in high school, which will pave the path for college-level fluency.

Majoring in Spanish will mean a lot of reading, a lot of studying, and a lot of rote language and vocabulary memorization and exercises. You’ll be expected to learn new vocabulary constantly, to be able to incorporate it properly into sentences, and to be able to carry on a conversation nearly effortlessly. You’ll also be expected to read, write, and speak the language, and have a working knowledge of both common usage terms and slang, and advanced technical knowledge in another field of study.

Once you graduate, you’ll have a wide array of career paths to choose from, so nail down another one of your interests and try to incorporate the two. For instance, if you were always the leader of study sessions and love teaching others, consider becoming a Spanish Teacher at the high school level, or teaching it one-on-one as a Tutor. If you’re interested in politics or health care, you could become an Interpreter, which is a very important job in both of those arenas. A misinterpreted word can mean major disaster.

If that’s too much pressure, consider becoming a civil or community worker of some sort in an area where the predominant language is Spanish in addition to English. You could also work in international business with a Spanish-speaking country, or as a Customs Officer — basically any position you can think of that would require knowledge of Spanish.

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