Why the Spanish Communication Skills Certificate
APSU students of Spanish engage in curricular and co-curricular experiences that advance their learning and knowledge of the Spanish-speaking world. Each year, more Spanish speaking people move to APSU's service region. Professionals, like nurses, educators and law enforcement officials routinely engage with Spanish speakers but often encounter communication barriers. This certificate will provide undergraduate students with opportunities to be better prepared to engage with Spanish speakers in their professional areas.
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.
What Will I Learn
- Students will acquire a knowledge base that includes advanced Spanish language, spoke by approximately 559 million Spanish speakers.
- Students will acquire knowledge of the cultures of the 21 Spanish-speaking countries of the world.
- Preparation for life and work in a global and multilingual society.
- Serve the needs of students who would like to prepare for careers in international business, education, communication, or government service in Spanish-speaking parts of the world.