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What will I learn?

After completing some courses in Spanish, you will be able to:

  • communicate in spoken Spanish at an intermediate level, through developing a facility in sound discrimination, recognition of grammatical and syntactical patterns, correct pronunciation, a working vocabulary, and the use of correct grammatical forms in natural speech
  • read Spanish, including literature, at a beginning intermediate level
  • write short themes, letters, descriptions, reports, responses, dialogues, and presentations in intermediate Spanish
  • demonstrate a knowledge of Hispanic culture sufficient for carrying on conversation in a variety of content areas and for using appropriate non-verbal communication in support of such conversation

What is the occupational outlook?

A background in Spanish serves as a basis in a variety of areas. Those who earn a bachelor's degree in Spanish enter the occupational fields of journalism, broadcasting, international business, translation, government service, organizational education, public relations, media studies, travel industry, and teaching. Those who go on to graduate school enhance their opportunities in those occupational areas, while adding opportunities in linguistics, comparative literature, and Spanish language instruction.

Jobs in Spanish interpretation and translation, in both business and government service, are predicted through 2014 to grow faster than the average for all occupations.1

What are my options?

You can earn credits in Spanish at HCC to transfer as humanities electives to a four year school toward a Spanish major.

Through successful completion of SPAN 202, you are able to meet the foreign language requirement in a variety of degree programs.

You can take various kinds of Spanish courses at HCC to explore the possibilities of connecting Spanish study with another major to enter such career areas as linguistics, comparative literature, journalism, international business, government service, translating in the publishing industry or for businesses, or education.

You can take Spanish courses simply to develop your ability to speak and read in Spanish as cultural and personal enrichment.

  1. Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2006-07 Edition, Interpreters and Translators, on the Internet at http://www.bls.gov/oco/ocos175.htm (visited July 9, 2007)