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Overview of major
Potential job titles 
Examples of internships
Possible career fields
Possible work settings
Important skills and abilities
Sample web resources
Print resources
Sample graduate programs pursued by Spanish majors  

Overview of major

The Spanish major and minor at Loyola offer students the opportunity to develop a course of study in which they can acquire both linguistic proficiency and a deeper knowledge of Hispanic cultures, literatures and linguistics. The curriculum starts with language courses, in which the students achieve oral and written skills, and continues with upper-level courses focused on the cultures and literatures of Latin America, Spain and the Latino population of the United States and on Hispanic linguistics. All of the courses are taught in the language, and are aimed at helping students develop a sense of their position in the world based on a thorough understanding of a culture generally not their own but undoubtedly very close to home, given that the Hispanic population of the United States is the largest minority group in the country. 

Resources

Potential job titles

  • Intelligence Officer
  • Tour Guide/Consultant
  • Foreign Service Officer
  • Arbitrator
  • Translator/Interpreter
  • Book Editor
  • Historical Archivist
  • Business Analyst
  • Teacher/Professor
  • Conciliator & Mediator
  • Interpreter
  • Technical Writer
  • School Guidance Counselor
  • Export Agent
  • Missionary Worker

Examples of internships

  • Arc of Maryland School of Medicine
  • Baltimore & Howard County Public Schools
  • Villa Maria
  • Health and Human Services
  • Casa de Maryland
  • Agora Publishing
  • Baltimore Council on Foreign Affairs
  • Baltimore Magazine
  • John’s Hopkins Medical International
  • Conde Nast Publications
  • World Trade Center Institute
  • GMBC
  • Governor’s Commission on Hispanic Affairs
  • Esperanza Center
  • Beans and Bread Outreach Center
  • Mayor’s Office of International Affairs and Office of Communications

Possible career fields

Government

  • Translation/Interpretation
  • Journalism/Broadcasting
  • Linguistics
  • Diplomacy
  • Civil service
  • Foreign service
  • Customs
  • Immigration/Naturalization
  • Intelligence/Law enforcement

Arts, media, entertainment

  • Advertising
  • Publishing/Editing
  • Public relations
  • Journalism/Broadcasting

Industry & commerce

  • International Banking/Finance
  • Bilingual Sales
  • Bilingual Customer service
  • Manufacturing
  • Research
  • Operations management
  • Consulting
  • Imports/Exports
  • Engineering/Technical
  • Administrative services

Interpretation/Translation 

Travel & tourism

  • Airline services
  • Management
  • Booking & reservations
  • Travel service/Guidance

Service & education

  • Educational administration
  • Social & mission work
  • Library science
  • Health services
  • Civil service
  • Linguistics
  • Teaching

Possible work settings

  • Federal government
  • Overseas aid agencies
  • Customs service
  • Armed forces
  • Museums
  • Foreign news agencies
  • TV/Radio stations
  • Publishers
  • Banks
  • Import/Export companies
  • Manufacturers
  • Travel agencies
  • Hotels & restaurants
  • Convention centers
  • Tour companies
  • Educational services
  • Courts
  • Hospitals
  • Religious & social service agencies
  • Law enforcement agencies

Important skills and abilities

  • Communication
  • Active listening
  • Critical thinking
  • Instructing
  • Learning strategies
  • Persuasion
  • Reading comprehension
  • Social perceptiveness
  • Writing
  • Research

Sample web resources

Print resources

(All available in the Career Resource Library in The Career Center)

  • Great Jobs for Foreign Language Majors (FL Category)
  • Career for Foreign Language Aficionados (FL Category)
  • Opportunities in Foreign Language Careers (CP Section)
  • Opportunities in Travel Careers (FD/TRV Section)
  • Careers for Travel Buffs and Other Restless Types (FD/TRV Section)
  • Working Abroad (INT Section)
  • International Jobs (INT Section)
  • Teaching English Abroad (INT Section)
  • Graduate Programs in the Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences (Grad Section)

Sample graduate programs pursued by Spanish majors

  • MA/PhD, Spanish
  • MA, Latin American Studies
  • PhD, Spanish Literature
  • MA or PhD, Linguistics/Spanish Linguistics
  • Higher Education Administration
  • Masters or Doctorate in Education
  • Master of Social Work
  • MS, Psychology
  • Human Resources Management
  • MS, International Relations
  • MEd, School Counseling
  • JD
  • Master of Arts in Teaching
  • MA, Teacher Leadership & ESOL

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