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Spanish Major

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Why Study Spanish?

With approximately 40 million Spanish speakers in the United States and more than 400 million in the world, being fluent in Spanish is one of the most valuable skills you can bring to your resume and future career. Pairing a Spanish major at Eastern with another major or minor will make you more competitive in the workplace. You can also travel to Spanish-speaking countries knowing you can fully engage in the culture.

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Why Study Spanish at Eastern?

Eastern’s Spanish majors learn proficiency in reading, listening, writing and speaking Spanish. Through classroom instruction, fieldwork and travel, they immerse themselves in Spanish culture and literature, and learn to understand conventional narrative and descriptive texts. Spanish majors are also able to discuss cultural topics and major literary works in Spanish. A Spanish minor is also available to other majors.

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Salary Potential

$46,120

Median Salary Translator/interpreter

$49,770

Median Salary Television/Radio Reporter

Hands-on Learning

Colorful mural on a cliff side in Cuba

Summer Research

Spanish majors have conducted research in Cuba and other Spanish-speaking countries, exploring native cultures, traditions, art and customs.

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Aides in Language Classes

Students may choose a field experience program in which they work as aides in language classes in local school systems. They may also receive academic credit for work in other community-based social agencies/businesses.

Student posing for a photograph under an arch in Spain

Global Studies

Study abroad opportunities in Spain and other locations are available to Spanish majors. Students take intensive Spanish language courses while also taking advantage of opportunities to explore the local culture.

Career Options

  • Advertising
  • Copywriter/editor
  • Customer service
  • Diplomat
  • Foreign correspondent
  • Healthcare
  • International account manager
  • Social services
  • Teacher
  • Translator/interpreter

Successful Alumni

Recent Eastern students who earned a bachelor’s degree or a minor in Spanish are working at area public and private schools as foreign language teachers. Others work for the State of Connecticut in the Department of Revenue Services or the Department of Child and Family Services. Still others are developing successful careers in the medical field, legal profession or social service organizations.

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For more information


chank@easternct.edu
(860) 465-5328

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Alumni Testimonials

Jennifer Green ’14
ESL Teacher

Jennifer Green ’14

Spanish major Jennifer Green is an English as a Second Language (ESL) teacher at New Mexico State University. “I proudly incorporate teaching strategies that I learned at Eastern into my own teaching. My students progress quickly, and they are continuously appreciative of my teaching styles, which I owe in large part to the Spanish program at Eastern.”

Monica Malaver ’12
Spanish Teacher

Monica Malaver ’12

Spanish major Monica Malaver is an elementary school Spanish teacher in West Hartford. “Even though I’m a native speaker, Eastern prepared me in many different aspects of teaching. My education classes gave me the tools and ideas I needed to be competitive in this career.”

Leopoldo Navarro ’16
Spanish Teacher

Leopoldo Navarro ’16

Spanish major Leopoldo Navarro is a Spanish teacher at New London High School. In addition to graduating with honors, Navarro was heavily involved on the Eastern campus with several clubs and organizations. “Thanks to my social and academic experiences at Eastern, I can now relate with and provide better service to my students.”