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Spanish - A.B.

About this Degree

Students majoring in Spanish engage with the vast cultural and linguistic variety of this global language in small and interactive classes. The program provides cross-cultural experience for all majors, while guiding them to sharpen skills in writing, oral presentation, analytical reading and active listening. Students often participate in a study abroad program in Latin America, the Caribbean, or Spain; work with the growing Spanish-speaking communities in the Athens, Georgia area through service learning classes; live in the Spanish Language Community at Mary Lyndon Residential Hall; or devise their own original research project supervised by a faculty mentor for the CURO program. Graduates are proficient in Spanish, which opens the door to rewarding professions and careers that requite bilingual communicators who possess solid cultural knowledge. Recent graduates have become Fulbright scholars; have entered top-tier graduate programs or professional schools of medicine and law; and have taken positions at companies such as Equifax, Law & Moran, Publicis Media, KLC Studio and State Farm. Visit for further information.

What you will learn

The Spanish major is a gateway to employment, professional school in medicine and law, or graduate school. Faculty consider the goal of each student to provide personalized mentoring to suit their career objectives. Students often choose a double major, combining their study of language with a complementary field in Arts and Sciences, Public and International Affairs, Journalism, Education or Business. There are a multitude of ways to acquire unique combinations of experience and knowledge. Interdisciplinary certificate programs can highlight students' distinctive interest and are often used, along with internships and short-term work abroad, to customize a student’s entry into a desired career in areas such as media and content creation; management and administration; international trade; tourism and culture industries; government service; as well as primary, secondary, and higher education.

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Associate Coordinator
Associate Editor
Bilingual Instructor
Business Development Manager
CIA/FBI Special Agent
Civil Service Worker
Client Services Coordinator
Community Relations
Copy Editor
Corporate Specialist
Customs Official
Development Assistant
Environmental Translator
Events Logistical Liaison
Foreign News Journalist 
Foreign Services Worker
Immigration Specialist
Import/Export Agent
Language Researcher
Legal Assistant
Multicultural Education and 
Outreach Coordinator
Program Coordinator
Project Manager
Recruiter/Business Development
Research Associate
Resource Coordinator & Inside 
Sales Representative
Restaurant Management
Sales Associate
Social Media Coordinator
Travel Consultant
Web Developer

A Spanish major opens a gateway to a world of employment opportunities, including:

  • 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
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Publishing
  • Community organizing
  • Law
  • Medicine, health care, and hospitals
  • Non-profit organizations
  • Human rights advocacy

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