Spanish

About Spanish

Spanish, a Romance language, is the primary language of Spain, Mexico and several countries in Central and South America and the Caribbean. It is the second most spoken language in the United States, as well as the second most spoken language in the world. Fluency in Spanish is an invaluable tool for those living and working in the United States and abroad. Valdosta State University students who are proficient in Spanish have numerous advantages in the workforce and can pursue a number of careers in areas such as teaching, translation and interpretation, health care, social services, law, law enforcement and more.

Spanish at Valdosta State University

Students in the Spanish program at Valdosta State become proficient in the language thanks to small classes and one-on-one interactions with faculty. Students can further hone their Spanish-speaking skills by participating in one of the department’s study abroad programs, in which students travel to Spain, Mexico, Peru and Argentina to become immersed in the culture and communicate with native speakers. On campus, students can interact with native speakers and practice their language skills by joining the Latin American Student Association. The department’s foreign language lab gives students a quiet and dedicated space to study and access online resources.

Degrees

  • Bachelor of Arts (B.A.)

Tracks:

Language and Culture

Foreign Language Education

Minors

  • Spanish
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Certificate Programs

  • Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages
  • Spanish for Professionals

About the Spanish Curriculum

B.A.

Students in the Spanish program become familiar with the literary and cultural works of Spanish-speaking countries and gain critical skills through literary and cultural analysis. Students become proficient Spanish speakers, listeners, readers and writers and are introduced to verbal and non-verbal similarities and differences between Hispanic and American cultures, along with major historical events and literary and artistic works of Hispanic culture. Students may choose from the language and culture track or the foreign language education track.

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Spanish Minor

The Spanish minor helps students hone their Spanish-speaking skills and is a complement to every major program. Eighteen hours of coursework are required.

Certificate Programs

The Valdosta State Spanish program is the only one in the state to offer a Certificate in Spanish for Professionals and an online Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) certificate. The TESOL is designed for students who want to teach English to others whose native language is not English and is a good choice for English majors, overseas workers and missionaries, aid workers, Peace Corps volunteers, and students living and studying abroad. The certificate provides students with the credentials to teach English in private schools and in individualized settings. The Spanish for Professionals certificate is designed for professionals in the fields of law enforcement, sociology, heath care, and business and finance and teaches students professional communication skills using conversational terminology that relates directly to their profession.

Careers*

  • Bilingual educator
  • Bilingual tax assessor
  • Business manager
  • Customs/immigration officer
  • Foreign news correspondent
  • Government administrator
  • Immigration officer
  • Import/export specialist
  • International relations specialist
  • Interpreter
  • Librarian
  • Medical interpreter
  • Museum director
  • National security agent
  • Political analyst
  • Publishing specialist
  • Refugee/immigrant specialist
  • Research analyst
  • Sales and marketing specialist
  • Secondary school Spanish teacher
  • Spanish instructor
  • Speech pathologist
  • Translator
  • Travel consultant

*Some career possibilities may require additional degrees or certifications.

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