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Description of Major
The Spanish curriculum offers coursework in Hispanic culture, language, and literature. The courses are designed to help students develop critical insight into the philosophy and values of another culture, fluency in a second language, and sensitivity toward literature that reflects the experience of the Spanish-speaking world. The curriculum accommodates liberal arts students interested in a cross-cultural perspective, language study, secondary school teaching, or preparation for graduate study in the field.

A liberal arts education and study in a particular major will lead to the acquisition of a group of skills which enable one to solve problems, communicate effectively, and perform complicated tasks. These skills are essential in any career. The following is a list of important and commonly agreed upon career skills identified by UMM Spanish faculty as a part of the project to Improve Public Understanding of Liberal Learning (IMPULL). The skills are those which all or most students studying Spanish are likely to acquire through classroom instruction, co-curricular or extra-curricular activities.

Jobs Obtained by UMM Spanish Graduates
Studies conducted by the UMM Career Center have shown that graduates obtain jobs that are both related to their major and jobs that may not be formally related to the major. About 56% of the Spanish graduates from 1964-1998 said their job was in the same field or related to their undergraduate major. Other studies have shown that liberal arts graduates find employment that makes use of their skills, special knowledge, values, and interests, even though the employment field may not be related to their academic major. Listed below are some jobs obtained by UMM Spanish graduates:

Administrative Assistant
Automotive Sales
Bilingual Customer Service
Certified Financial Planner
Clothing Sales
College Spanish Professor
Contract Administration
Defense Contracting Supervisor
English Teacher
Foreign Service Officer Economist
International Adoption Coordinator
Investment Sales
I. S. Field Supervisor
Legal Editor
Main-Stream Aide
Meeting Planner
Natural Health Counselor
Pastoral Assistant
Personnel Coordinator
Pharmaceutical Sales
Physical Therapist
Sales Manager
Sales Support
Social Worker
Spanish Teacher
Staff Psychologist
Town Clerk
Vice President, Sales


There are many occupations that do not require a specific undergraduate major; they are often learned as a result of one-the-job training rather than prior education. What is sought among prospective employees is the development of certain sills and abilities that can be developed not only through an academic major but through courses taken as part of one’s general education, and through internships, directed studies, tutorials, seminars, study abroad, work-study and summer employment, and volunteer experiences.

Foreign Languages
Graduate/Professional Schools in Spanish
FSU Match Major Sheets
Latin America's Professional Network