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Foreign Language: Concentration Spanish

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Why study Spanish

APSU students of Spanish engage in curricular and co-curricular experiences that advance their learning and knowledge of the Spanish-speaking world. The program in Spanish includes various community-centered extracurricular activities (e.g.International fair, World Language Fair, service-learning opportunities) Study Abroad in Argentina, Spain, or Ecuador, and the APSU Exchange programs at various locations in Puerto Rico. Students may use credit from a Study Abroad or Exchange program in a Spanish-speaking country toward their Concentration in Spanish.

The Spanish faculty at Austin Peay are experienced in a variety of fields --translation, linguistics, Peninsular and Latin American culture and film, to name a few—that will provide students with the knowledge and skills in the language and cultures of the Spanish speaking world. There are over 559 million Spanish speakers in the world, with 41 million of those Spanish speakers living in the United States. Learning Spanish (or any second dialect/language) has been shown to increase cognitive abilities and the process of learning a language helps develop skills that prepare you to step into any career path.  If that isn’t enough, the need for Spanish speakers is predicted to increase annually. In fact, by 2050, the United States will be the largest Spanish-speaking country in the world so knowing Spanish will also give you an edge in the job market for the foreseeable future.

Students seeking a Concentration in Spanish will be preparing for work or travel experiences in a global and multilingual world. A Concentration in Spanish may help prepare students for a life and career in international business, communication, education, bilingual technical writing, or government service in Spanish-speaking parts of the world. According to the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages, 85% of U.S. employers are dependent on Spanish, which means Spanish speakers are in high demand. Students may seek employment in companies with Spanish or Spanish- speaking clients, or in government agencies that recruit multilingual employees (such as the Department of Defense, Department of State, FBI, and CIA). According to TN Transfer Pathway, you can make a median salary of $63,500 per year in Tennessee with a degree in Foreign Language.

What will I Learn


Sample Course Plan and General Education Requirements

Foreign Languages: Spanish Sample 4 Year Plan

General Education Core