A major and a minor in Spanish with an emphasis in literature or culture are offered through a comprehensive array of courses taken at Saint Francis University and its program at Cuernevaca, Mexico. St. Francis students also take advantage of many study abroad trips, including exotic locations like Mexico, Dominican Republic, Spain, and Costa Rica, where they are able to earn credits, get internships, immerse themselves in the culture, and have fun!
The study of Spanish can also be incorporated into a program leading to elementary and secondary teaching certification. For teaching certification, consult the program requirements under Education. Other employment opportunities are provided upon request by the departmental advisors and the Office of Career Counseling and Placement.
“I chose Spanish as a major because it compliments my Criminal Justice major, and it will help me to further succeed in my career. I enjoy learning the Spanish history and culture. Also, since Spanish is so common here in America, I know it is better to know it than to not.”
"Choosing to double major in Spanish and Physician Assistant Sciences was one of the best decisions I have ever made. I feel that I will be able to better assist my patients with the medical knowledge that I have gleaned from my classes. Not only did I learn new medical terminology, but I was also able to watch surgical procedures in Spanish as well as gain a better understanding of the relationship between the patient and health care provider. I also had the amazing opportunity to study abroad in Playa del Carmen, Mexico for two consecutive summers. These experiences allowed me to greatly improve my Spanish skills as well as form many friendships that will last a lifetime.”
“I feel that being able to speak and understand Spanish as well as understand Latino culture is going to become vital in the upcoming years. I like to be ahead of the game instead of catching up to where our nation and business culture is heading.”
"As a PA major, getting a minor in Spanish for Health Sciences has allowed me to become more proficient at interacting with the Spanish-speaking patients that I will soon be interacting with on a very frequent basis. There are more Spanish speakers in the US than ever before, and it's important to me to be able to communicate with them in the language that they're most comfortable speaking."
“I decided to get a Spanish minor for health sciences because with the expansion of health care, knowing a different language can make you more marketable and successful in your job. As a future pharmacist, with a Spanish background I can help to serve more people and able me to have a wider range of job opportunities.”
"I chose Spanish as a minor because it is one of the most prominent secondary languages in the US. Also, Spanish-speakers have become a minority, treated differently by society. Being a Sociology major, I'm empathetic to diversity. A quote that inspires me is one by Nelson Mandela, ‘If you talk to a man in a language he understands, that goes to his head. If you talk to him in his language, that goes to his heart.’ It turned out to be beneficial to being active military stationed in Florida with a large Hispanic population.”
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