Why Minor in Foreign Language?
¡Lee sobre mi experiencia en Valencia!
Read Melanie's blog from her semester abroad in Valencia, Spain!
A More Diverse Nation - 1 of 6 people living in the U.S. is Hispanic. In your lifetime, this will become 1 of 3.
Are YOU prepared?
The non-Hispanic white population is projected to peak in 2024, at 199.6 million, up from 197.8 million in 2012. Unlike other racial or ethnic groups, however, the white population is projected to slowly decrease, falling by nearly 20.6 million from 2024 to 2060.
Meanwhile, the Hispanic population will more than double, from 53.3 million in 2012 to 128.8 million in 2060. Consequently, by the end of the period, nearly one in three U.S. residents will be Hispanic.
With that in mind, consider the multiple benefits of being able to communicate with this growing population. Employers, businesses, government, schools, health fields, etc. are all seeking culturally sensitive individuals as perspective employees. Prominent CEOs have voiced these thoughts:
"A large part of diversity is the whole 'cultural package.' This is heavily tied to language. That means, a bilingual person is, generally, more diverse than a monolingual person; at least in terms of cultural diversity."
"I would say it is definitely more likely that someone who speaks two languages is more culturally aware than someone who only speaks one."
Armed with this knowledge, today's driven students who already have some familiarity with Spanish are continuing to study Spanish as they pursue their professional preparation. To serve our students, the Foreign Language Department has created two new minors: Spanish for the Professional and Latino Studies in order to prepare you to become the professional that society needs and will continue to need in the future.
Visit the Foreign Langauge Department (located in Immaculata Hall) to find out more. We can help you plan your schedule to include appropriate level Spanish courses, perhaps even study abroad in order to prepare you to work in the changing American landscape.
Nelson, Jeffrey. "The Biilngual Businessman: The Future of Business." Growing Up Bilingual. Wordpress and the Graphene Theme, 2013.
Spanish with YOUR major
Hola, Me llamo Ashley Murray and I am a student at Marywood University. I am a Spanish major with the opportunity to minor in Psychology and Sociology. I also have the opportunity to play basketball at the collegiate level here at Marywood! I fell in love with the Spanish culture my freshman year of high school. Since then I always knew I wanted to do something that had to do with the language. I am hoping to be some type of teacher who can work with younger kids who need help learning English, either in a school or a counseling center. I am still a ways away from knowing and understanding the full language, but if there is any institution that can help me learn it all it’s Marywood University! I am hoping to graduate with a major in Spanish in 2015 and then return for Graduate School the following fall. Having a strong background in Spanish can help in any job field I choose due to the growing Spanish speaking population in our community. I am excited to see what my future has to offer me, and I know having a Spanish education from Marywood will only make my future brighter!
I am currently double majoring in Criminal Justice and Spanish because I am particularly interested in both fields of study. I am also considering a minor in Forensics. At first, I was only interested in minoring in Spanish but then I realized how Marywood University's Spanish professors are an amazing help and inspiration to their students. I was encouraged by them to pursue a major in Spanish. I am sure that with any Criminal Justice career that I may choose it will never hurt to know another language and I believe this will give me a greater opportunity to find a job in the real world.
¡Hola estudiantes, me llamo Miguel! 你好！我叫梅正！ If you're reading this, then you've shown interest in joining the Marywood family. Allow me to regale you about the fabulous opportunities that are before you if you choose to study a foreign language at Marywood University.