What can I do with a major in Spanish?
UGA Specific Information for Spanish
Students majoring in Spanish will take courses that combine the study of literature, language, culture, and linguistics, which will lead to a development of language proficiency and an understanding of the Spanish-speaking world. This world primarily consists of the language, culture and literature of Spanish-speaking countries found in South America and Spain. Proficiency in a foreign language also helps students with this major find employment in the public and private sectors. Having a greater sense of the Spanish culture, students are prepared for professions in government, politics, international relations, business, banking, trade, travel, or a host of other professions. Even if students don’t use his or her ability to speak Spanish, the cultural awareness gained is a transferable skill that will be highly prized.
Employers Hiring UGA Spanish for the Class of 2016*
Action Ministries, Inc. | Ameriprise Financial, Inc. | Auto Owners Insurance Company | Barrow County Schools | Bright Horizons Family Solutions | Buddy’s Home Furnishings | Canopy Studio | Change Healthcare | Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta | Commonwealth Trading Partners, Inc. | Council on International Educational Exchange | Democratic Party of Georgia | English Opens Doors Program - Chilean Ministry of Education | Esrey & Buckley, LLP | Fulton County Schools | Gwinnett County Public Schools | Jackson & Coker | Jackson County School System | Meddeas - Language Assistant Programs | My Dealer Loft | News America Marketing | Northside Hospital | Perimeter Primary Care | Power Home Remodeling Group, LLC | Prince Avenue Christian School | Procter & Gamble Co. | RaceTrac Petroleum | Riley Children’s Foundation | SmithBucklin | Stanley | Stillpoint Literary Magazine at UGA | Teach for America | The Wesley Foundation | United Talent Agency | Walton County School District | WRDW-TV
Job Titles of UGA Spanish Majors for the Class of 2016*
Account Coordinator | Account Manager | Advanced Data Processing Associate | Agent Assistant | Bilingual Customer Accounts Manager | Corporate Marketing Associate | English Teacher | ESOL Teacher Assistant | ESOL/Science Teacher | Events Coordinator | Field Canvasser | Fifth Grade Math/Science Teacher | Financial Planning Coordinator | Gastroenterology Lab Tech | Guest Services Associate | Instructor | Interrelated Special Education Teacher | Language Teacher | Legal Assistant | Management Analyst | Medical Assistant | News Producer | Outbound Marketer | Pre-School Teacher | Recruiter | Senior Editor | Smart Lunch Smart Kid Assistant Coordinator | Spanish Teacher | Staff | Teach for America Corps Member | Teacher | Underwriter
Graduate/Professional Schools Attended by UGA Spanish Majors for the Class of 2016*
American University | Georgia College & State University | Georgia State University-Perimeter College | Glendale Community College | L’Academie de Cuisine | Loyola Marymount University | Lund University | Mercer University | New York University | Texas Christian University | The University of Georgia | The University of Miami | Vanderbilt University | Wake Forest University
UGA Spanish Career Outcomes for the Class of 2016*
** Includes Self-Employed
- Department of Romance Languages - Spanish Program
- The Language Communities at UGA
- Language Resource Center
- Conversation Groups and Language Tables
To find additonal clubs and organizations, visit the Center for Student Organizations.
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Additional UGA Career Center Recommendations/Considerations
The study of languages develops a core set of skills sought after by employers in a wide range of occupational settings. A sampling of representative skills and abilities follows.
- Cross-cultural communication
- Expressing & understanding multiple viewpoints
- Presenting information logically
- Reading critically
- Writing effectively
- Linguistic sophistication
- Understanding cultural differences
- Sensitivity to cultural issues
- Flexibility in thinking and learning
- Ability to adjust to new environments
- Appreciation of cultural history, literature, politics, music, and more
- Thinking collaboratively
- Analyzing information, cultures, and complex problems
- Comparing & contrasting interpretations
- Offering diverse perspectives
- Assessing cultural differences
- Synthesizing themes
- Research skills
- Assessing needs
- Defining problems
- Understanding alternative perspectives
- Gathering information from a variety of sources
- Weighing alternatives
- Generating creative solutions
SAMPLE INTERNSHIP OPPORTUNITIES
- U.S. State Department
- Government agencies (e.g. National Security Agency)
- Embassy (U.S. & foreign)
- Museums (e.g. Smithsonian Institutions)
- Educational Programs (e.g. Summerbridge)
- Consulting firms (e.g. Social Technologies)
- Media (e.g. ABC Nightline, Dateline NBC)
- Choose an additional academic area of study to supplement the foreign language, preferably one that requires a high degree of technical skill. Most people with foreign language ability use those skills to assist them in a different career field such as business, education, journalism, law, etc.
- Related courses to study include geography, history, civilization, foreign relations, international law, and world economics.
- Plan to attend a private language institute to learn additional languages and cultures.
- Utilize a number of learning methods to develop language fluency. Combine listen and repeat drills, textbooks, audio lessons, and learning apps.
- Travel to a foreign country or study abroad in international exchange programs to develop your language skills and international/intercultural competency.
- Study and practice your foreign language skills by reading foreign newspapers, magazines, and books.
- Seek opportunities to interact with international students on your campus or members of your local community. Host international students, join relevant student organizations, and participate in international campus events.
- Watch foreign movies and listen to foreign broadcasts to maintain your fluency.
- Volunteer your language skills to churches, community organizations, and programs that work with people who speak your target language.
- Correspond with someone from a foreign country.
- Contact professional associations and read their publications to learn about job opportunities.
- Research job postings on the Internet to get an idea of jobs in which knowledge of a foreign language is useful.
- Participate in summer programs, co-ops, and internships to improve your skills.
- Network with others in the field to learn about job opportunities.
- In general, international positions are competitive and difficult to obtain. Be very proactive in developing the skills and experiences international employers seek.
- Get your foot in the door in domestic positions because many international employers promote current employees into international positions.
- Join LinkedIn groups that are related to your career interest. To search, select “groups” under the “interests” tab. Also, review the groups that professionals in your field of interest have joined and consider joining them as well.
Interested in graduate school? Find current information on getting into graduate school at UGA’s Career Center webpage.
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Additional Career Research Resources
- My Next Move
- Occupational Outlook Handbook
- Career Insider: Vault Guides
- Candid Career - View professionals speaking about their careers
- Idealist Careers - Helping You Find a Nonprofit Career
- Bilingual Jobs
- Center for International Trade and Security (CITS)
- CIA Foreign Language Positions
- FBI Jobs
- The American Chamber of Commerce in Spain
- The Electronic Embassy: U.S. Foreign Embassies
- Spain-US Chamber of Commerce
- U.S. Department of State Careers
- U.S. Travel Association
- United Nations Internships/Careers
- National Association for Bilingual Education
- American Association of Language Specialists
- American Association of Teachers of Spanish and Portuguese
- American Dialect Society
- American Translators Association
- College Language Association
- Modern Language Association
- Society for Spanish & Portuguese Historical Studies