• Spanish is the native language of more than 350 million people, 25 million of whom live in the United States.
  • A working knowledge of Spanish, the world’s fourth most spoken language, is becoming essential for employment in many areas of the country–especially in the Sun Belt states of California, Florida, and Texas.
  • For those students interested in business and trade: Spanish is the language of nineteen countries in Latin America, which are currently the fastest-growing export-import market for U.S. products.
  • The U.S. is now the fifth largest Spanish-speaking nation in the world, after Mexico, Spain, Argentina, and Colombia.
  • The Spanish Section participates in the new university core curriculum by offering all levels of language instruction, from elementary through advanced. Courses in Spanish and Latin-American culture and literature fulfill the International, the Literature, the Diversity, and the Writing-intensive course requirements.
  • Areas where Spanish Studies help majors in the job market as a primary skill are: Teaching, Interpreting, Translating.
  • Where Spanish is often used as a secondary skill: United Nations, UNESCO, foreign embassies, Immigration Service, Banking, Library Science, Federal Government departments and agencies, Business and Finance, Marketing and Distribution, Public and Health Services, Travel and Transportation, Communications, Non-governmental Agencies and Foundations, Publishing and Editing firms, Investment firms, Advertising, Export-Import fields, etc.
  • The Language Department maintains an extensive file of materials, articles, and job descriptions related to career opportunities in Spanish; students are welcome to consult this literature. Students are also advised to consult the office of Student Career Development.
  • Spanish is rapidly becoming the USA’s second language
  • Spanish is the second world language (after English) as a vehicle of international communication
  • Spanish is third as an international language of politics, economics and culture
  • About 330 million people in the world speak Spanish as their first language.
  • The demand for Spanish courses has doubled worldwide in ten years.
  • Spanish is the official language in 21 countries.
  • Approximately another 100 million people speak Spanish as a second language.
  • In the United States 13% of the population speak Spanish as their first language.
  • In the United States and Canada, Spanish is the most popular foreign language to learn.
  • The Latin-American countries are experiencing economic growth and are becoming important trading partners for the USA.
  • Spanish culture has made a large contribution to architecture, the arts and to world literature. Wouldn’t you like to read Lorca, Vargas Llosa, Cervantes or García Marquez in their own, rich language? Wouldn’t Picasso, Miró, Dalí, Goya and Velázquez be much more interesting if you could read about them in Spanish?

MORE at JCU!

  • You can join the JCU Spanish Club for exciting extra-curricular activities!
  • Advanced Students can apply for membership in Sigma Delta Pi, the National Spanish Honor Society.
  • For more information, see the JCU Spanish web page.