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Guide to the Humanities

Guide to the Humanities - Selected Resources

What is Spanish?

The Spanish language is the most widely spoken Romance language, both in terms of number of speakers and the number of countries in which it is the dominant language. There are more than 400 million Spanish speakers worldwide.

The Spanish-speaking population is one of the fastest-growing segments in the world, especially in the United States. The Spanish-speaking segment constitutes a huge community that shares products, services, and culture, offering businesses and institutions a truly unique growth opportunity.

The largest minority group in the United States is Hispanics. U.S. Hispanics have become not only a powerful group in terms of buying power, but also represent a key demographic group for national, state, and local politics.

Adapted from Trusted Translations

What careers can I have in Spanish?

Career fields and options for Spanish majors include:

  • Government: Diplomat, translator, interpreter, linguist, Peace Corps volunteer, research specialist, Armed Forces, agricultural specialist, etc.
  • Social service: Law enforcement, welfare, health services, income tax consultant, missionary, minister, nursing, medical research writer, vocational counselor, case worker, etc.
  • Education: Teacher, translator, editor, textbook author, etc.
  • Library: Librarian, translator, classifier of foreign documents, etc.
  • Scientific fields: Technical writer, translator, researcher, technical liaison, archaeology, museum work, medicine, etc.
  • Travel and tourism: Travel agent, tour guide, hotel/restaurant employee, flight attendant, airport personnel, etc.
  • Business: International law, banking, patent attorney, advertising, sales, marketing, executive/manager, technical expert, personnel manager, public relations, secretary, import-export firms, brokerage firms, medical organizations, service/cultural organizations, etc.
  • Communications: Journalism, foreign correspondent, photographer, writer, editor, TV or radio writer, reporter, technician, executive, video crew, translator, advertiser, film, entertainment, interpreter, international telephone operator, etc.
Adapted from the University of Louisville

Spanish Databases

Why study Spanish?

A Spanish major provides students with a greatly enriched view of the world around them as well as Spanish language skills that will prove useful in many professional occupations. With its emphases on research, writing, and creative and analytical thought, the Spanish major prepares students for graduate studies in Spanish and most professional schools, including law, business, education, and medicine, and for work in professions such as law, teaching, business, management, and publishing.

Many Spanish majors combine their Spanish studies with other areas to prepare for career opportunities in international business, government, travel, or communications, where knowledge of a foreign language and of foreign cultures is essential.

From the University of Louisville

Books on Hispanic and Pre-Hispanic Cultures and Civilizations

Spanish Encyclopedias

Books on Spanish Literature

Books on Spanish Conversation and Composition