Spanish, the world's third most spoken language, is the mother tongue of approximately 350 million people in 21 countries. More than 29 million U.S. residents speak it at home, and the U.S. Census Bureau predicts that by 2015, America's Hispanic population will have grown by nearly 11 million. In an increasingly global society, fluency in Spanish is an asset for any career track.
Spanish majors at Saint Joseph's focus their studies on the languages, literatures and cultures of Spain and Latin America, as well as Spanish linguistics, learning about all corners of the Spanish-speaking world. Small class sizes allow for the individual attention necessary in learning a new language, and learning resources such as the language lab and multimedia classrooms provide the support students need to succeed. By reading literature in its original language and taking courses taught in Spanish, graduates of the program develop not only language proficiency, but also the critical thinking and analytical skills that benefit careers in international relations, journalism, education, business, government, medicine and law.