The international business major at Saint Joseph's University prepares you for a successful career with the tools, theories and practical knowledge to work in an international business environment.
What Sets Our Program Apart
The Spanish major and minor at Saint Joseph’s University focus on language, literature, culture, and linguistics related to Spanish spoken in Spain, Latin America and the United States. We also offer Spanish for business and medical professions as well as service learning and internship opportunities. Small class sizes allow for the individual attention necessary to acquire a new language and for students to work closely with faculty advisors.
The critical thinking, analytical and communication skills that students hone as they work closely with faculty prepare them to be agile and resourceful in their diverse career paths. Most Spanish majors study abroad, and the sociocultural fluency that they develop helps them see situations from diverse perspectives, an advantage in any profession.
Saint Joseph University’s Spanish program breaks away from the traditional model of language study by offering a variety of courses beyond the study of literature and culture. Courses in Spanish cover:
- Current events
- Spanish in the local community
- Certain professions, such as translation
Individualized internships encourage students to apply their language study to learn more about their particular professional and personal interests.
What Can You Do with a Major in Spanish?
Spanish majors and minors at Saint Joseph's University have pursued a variety of professions in fields including law, medicine, business, psychology, education, linguistics and international relations. Some use Spanish in their work in Spanish-speaking countries or in the U.S. among Spanish-speaking communities, including the greater Philadelphia area. They hold a variety of professional roles at businesses, non-profit organizations, government agencies, and in academic settings. Many graduates have participated in service opportunities abroad immediately following graduation and before pursuing advanced degrees or entering the workforce. These programs include:
- Peace Corps, Urban Servant Corps, Jesuit Volunteer Corps, AmeriCorps VISTA
- Bilingual Education for Central America teacher
- Fulbright English Teaching Assistant Fellowship in Spain and Latin America
- English language teaching assistant in Spain
The following are some specific occupations held by our recent graduates:
- Various medical professionals (physicians, therapists)
- Spanish teacher or professor
- Legal professionals (attorney, immigration paralegal, legal assistant)
- Business professionals
- Project coordinators
- Speech-language pathologists
- Pro Bono case managers
- English as a Second Language instructors
- Insurance representatives
- International relations consultants
- International account manager or banking professionals
There is no application deadline for this program. Here are recommended application submission dates:
February 1 – recommended application submission for Fall semester
August 1 – recommended application submission for Spring semester
Saint Joseph’s accepts students on a year-round basis, so any applications received after these dates will be considered for the next applicable semester. Contact the Office of Admission for information regarding space availability at firstname.lastname@example.org or 610-660-1300.
1. To be considered for admission, you must have graduated from an approved secondary school (or be on track to graduate), received a diploma from an accredited home school association or earned a GED.
2. A high school transcript with an official school stamp or an official GED transcript is required. High school transcripts must include courses completed through your junior year as well as courses in progress during your senior year. If you’ve attended any post-secondary institutions, official transcripts for those institutions are required as well.
Transfer credit may be awarded for previous coursework. A course must meet the following requirements to be considered for transfer to Saint Joseph’s University:
- Undergraduate courses with a grade of “C” or above
- Graduate courses with a grade of “B” or above
- Pass/Fail grades are not eligible for transfer credit
- Must be from a regionally or programmatically accredited institution
- The coursework must match the course offered at Saint Joseph's
- Some programs have a time limit for specific courses
- Earned credit may be submitted for review based on a timeline of less than or equal to 5 to 10 years between completion of course and enrollment at SJU
*Visit the transfer page for a detailed breakdown of courses and institutions eligible for transfer.
If you are not a United States citizen, you must show proof of permanent resident visa status. Students educated in another country may be admitted if they:
- Satisfy general admission requirements
- Earn a minimum of 550 (paper-based), 213 (computer-based) or 79 (internet-based) on the Test of English as Foreign Language (TOEFL) administered by the Educational Testing Service of Princeton, New Jersey
Students from English-speaking countries may choose to take the SAT or ACT as an option to the TOEFL exam. An evaluation of foreign transcripts by the World Education Service or other approved agency is required.
Saint Joseph’s is a military-friendly institution and offers assistance and services to veterans and their dependents who are utilizing educational benefits. Benefits include:
- Chapter 30 Montgomery GI Bill®
- Chapter 31 Vocational Rehabilitation
- Chapter 33 Post 911 GI Bill®
- Chapter 35 Survivors and Dependents Assistance
- Chapter 1606 National Guard or Reserves
- Chapter 1607 National Guard or Reserves (REAP) (*if eligible, must be utilized by November 25, 2019)
- Pennsylvania National Guard Educational Assistance Program (EAP)
- Federal Tuition Assistance (FTA)