Spanish (SPAN)

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UofA Department of Spanish

What is Spanish?

According to the University of Arkansas Foreign Language Department, "Spanish is a language spoken by 406 million speakers in 31 countries, and it is the fourth most commonly spoken native language in the world. Spanish is also, of course, a rapidly growing second language in the U.S., and in many new destination areas such as Arkansas and the so-called "new south": Latinos are now the largest minority group in the United States, at some 17% of the population, and in some cities in our corner of Northwest Arkansas, such as Rogers and Springdale, Latinos now constitute more than 30% of the population. U of A students increasingly recognize that cultural competency and linguistic fluency in Spanish will significantly enhance their communication skills, their professional preparation and competitiveness, no matter what their future field of endeavor. As a result, 3000- and 4000-level Spanish enrollments continue to grow dramatically."

Studying a foreign language can improve your cognitive and critical thinking abilities. Recent surveys indicate that more than 80 agencies of the federal government rely on professionals with intermediate to high-level competence in foreign languages. Foreign language study provides the ability to gain an understanding of the cultures of US trading partners. American multinational corporations and nongovernmental organizations need people with foreign language abilities. U.S. ability to compete effectively in global markets means that more and more businesses deal with companies in other countries. They need employees who can communicate in foreign languages and understand other cultures. An employer will see you as a bridge to new clients if you know their language.

Related Careers

AccountantAdvertising ManagerAdvertising Copywriter
Air Traffic AssistantArchivistArt Dealer
AuditorBanking CorrespondentBilingual Officers/Clerks/Tellers
Bilingual EducatorBookkeeperCivil Service Employee
Commercial Loan OfficerComputer Systems DesignerConsultant
CopywriterCourt InterpreterCultural Attache
Cultural OfficerCustoms /Immigration OfficerDrug Enforcement Agent
EditorEscort/Interpreter/GuideFBI Agent
FilmmakerFinance DirectorFinancial Planning Associate
Foreign DiplomatForeign CorrespondentForeign Exchange Trader
Foreign Service OfficerForeign Service PeacekeeperForeign Service Specialist
Foreign Social WorkerFund-RaiserHuman Resources Director
Importer/ExporterIntelligence ResearcherIntelligence Specialist
International Account ManagerInternational Banking OfficerInternational Conference Planner
International ConsultantInternational Hotel Admin.International Trade Economist
International Trade SpecialistInterpreterInvestment Analyst
JournalistLaboratory TechnicianLawyer
Library TechnicianLinguistMedia Specialist
MissionaryMulti-Lingual Port ReceptionistMuseum Curator
MusicianNational Security AgentNegotiator
Overseas Personnel ManagerOverseas Plant ManagerParalegal
Peace Corps VolunteerPerformer/Video ArtistPharmaceutical Representative
PharmacistPolice OfficerPolitician
Production SupervisorProfessorProofreader
Public Health AdministratorPublishing SpecialistQuality Control Supervisor
Radio/TV AnnouncerReporterSalesperson
Scientific LinguistScientific Transl/InterpreterSenior Credit Analyst
Sports AgentTeacherTelecommunications Sales
TESO/ESL TeacherTheme DesignerTravel Agent Tour Organizer
TranslatorTransport Equipment ManagerTravel Writer
UNESCO OfficialWriter

Related Skills

Acknowledging value systemsAdapting to other cultures
Assessing needsClarifying ideas
Collaborating as part of a teamCommunicating between cultures
Comparing translations interpretationsCompiling/recording data
Designing instrumentsDetermining the needs of others
Establishing hypothesesEvaluating evidence
Evaluating informationEvaluating results
Explaining complex conceptsGathering information
Interviewing non-judgmentallyListening carefully
Organizing materials/informationReading critically
Reading/writing another languageReading for content and structure
Reporting and editingSpeaking to groups
Summarizing ideasUnderstanding cultural diversity
Understanding historical language changeWeighing values
Working with original sources in many fieldsWorking with research subjects
Writing clearly

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American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages

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American Association for Applied Linguistics

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