Spanish Bachelor’s Degree
Increase your career possibilities by earning a bachelor’s degree in Spanish
The ability to communicate in more than one language is a sought after quality for many jobs today and a bachelor’s degree in Spanish is one of the best ways to prepare for a future career. Southern Utah University’s Spanish bachelor’s degree program touts talented, experienced faculty who teach some of the most innovative courses on campus covering everything from Spanish literature, film, culture and history to linguistics and conversation. Students majoring in Spanish participate in many activities to enhance their education including a Latin film festival, salsa dancing classes, Spanish theatre, study abroad and academic conferences throughout the intermountain west. SUU students in the Spanish program are encouraged to engage in the Hispanic community both in southern Utah and abroad and receive valuable experience working as Spanish tutors, volunteering at Cedar City elementary schools or living in the language and culture hall, one of SUU’s on-campus housing options. Having an undergraduate degree in Spanish stands on its own as an opportunity for teaching, translating, interpreting, writing or working as a linguist, but can also be paired with any academic discipline to enhance career potential.
Why Choose SUU for Spanish Studies?
- All faculty hold a PhD in Spanish or a related field and work to provide innovative courses and a personalized education to help students succeed in their future educational and career goals.
- Spanish majors can choose to take some of their classes while immersing themselves in the Spanish culture through the department’s annual study abroad to Granada, Spain.
- Because of their great skill set and unique experience with various cultures, SUU Spanish students are excellent candidates for graduate school. Many Spanish alumni have gone on to graduate school all over the United States, including medical school, law school and master’s degrees in Spanish.
Career and Salary Potential for Spanish Graduates
There is strong career and salary potential for Spanish graduates. As the workforce becomes increasingly global, those who are bilingual are highly sought after as employees. Possible careers for Spanish graduates include foreign service and government jobs, a secondary education teacher, or working as a Spanish translator or interpreter for a company. The Bureau of Labor Statistics reported that translators and interpreters are expected to be one of the top 15 fastest growing occupations in the nation, growing at a rate of 46% over the next seven years, much higher than the average of all other careers. The median pay for a Spanish translator or interpreter is $45,430 per year. Spanish majors also often go on to medical school or law school and use their language skills in those occupations.
Campus Opportunities for Spanish Majors
- While studying at SUU, undergraduate Spanish major students often get on-campus jobs as Spanish tutors.
- Spanish students have many study abroad opportunities, including an annual study abroad to Granada, Spain.
- Sigma Delta Pi, the National Spanish Honors Society
- Spanish Club
- Latinos in Action Club
Spanish Courses You May Take
Advanced Spanish Grammar and Composition - this is a writing intensive course that offers students a detailed review of Spanish grammatical rules while also teaching how to express complex ideas with correct usage and rhetorical styles.
Culture and History of Latin America - relying on relevant Latin American literature, this course is an overview of the cultural and historical development of the Spanish-speaking countries of Latin America.
Introduction to Spanish Translation - this course examines the theory and practice of translation, and allows students to develop skills in the translation of journalistic, business and scientific texts.