An AB in Spanish prepares you to communicate across linguistic and cultural boundaries; analyze complex oral, written, and visual texts; think critically; and conduct specialized research. As a Spanish major, you will take courses from a diverse and distinguished international research faculty who are engaged in scholarship on linguistics, literary analysis and theory, culture, post-colonialism, film, gender, poetics, and digital humanities. In addition to students who plan to pursue Spanish as an academic subject in graduate school, many students combine this major with another field in preparation for a wide range of professions. These include: visual and performing arts, education, medicine, international business, entrepreneurship, journalism, media studies, publishing, law, human rights, social work, community organizing, counseling and advocacy, international affairs, and diplomacy. Study abroad opportunities abound for our majors, including academic programs in Spain, Argentina, Peru, and Costa Rica. Perhaps most important, advanced study in Spanish helps you become a conscientious, engaged citizen of the world. A Spanish AB will also give you the advantage of being bilingual in the second language of the United States and the second most widely spoken language in the world. Furthermore, bilingualism can improve your cognitive skills beyond the realm of language-learning, thereby yielding life-long benefits.
Even as you hone your skills in written and spoken Spanish, you can study a range of academic topics. In literary and cultural studies, courses guide you to in-depth explorations of different Spanish-speaking communities and innovative cultural movements. Topics include modernism, U.S. Latinos, eco-criticism, feminism, mysticism, human rights advocacy, and post-modernism; literature of the diverse regions and countries where Spanish is spoken; and major authors. In linguistics, courses delve into socio-linguistics, dialectology, syntax and morphology, phonetics and phonology, plus a rotating range of special topics that emerge from cutting-edge research by faculty. There are numerous opportunities for students to conduct research, whether individually in classwork or in collaboration with faculty through the Center for Undergraduate Research Opportunities (CURO). Also, Spanish majors are true campus leaders in connecting UGA to the growing Latino community in Northeast Georgia, participating in service learning projects through the department and other volunteer work.
Beyond the Classroom
Instead of listing specific employers, we are providing a list of possible employment sectors you might work in using a Romance Language degree:
- Colleges and universities in the United States and abroad
- Education, primary and secondary levels
- Advertising and marketing
- Finance, banking, and international business
- Government and civil services
- Social services, counseling and advocacy
- Visual and performing arts
- Community organizing
- Medicine, health care, and hospitals
- Non-profit organizations
- Human rights advocacy