What is Spanish?

This is a general program that focuses on the Spanish language and related dialects. It includes instruction in Spanish philology, Modern Castillan, various Latin American dialects, regional Spanish dialects, and applications in business, science/technology, and other settings. You will learn to speak, listen to, read, and write the language you are studying. You will learn the grammar, syntax, punctuation, and pronunciation of the language. Also you will study the culture and literature produced in the country and in other areas where the language is spoken. In this way you will learn the importance of the language and you will develop a sensitivity and appreciation for the culture.

Foreign languages and literatures free the individual to discover the content and value of other cultures, to enrich personal experiences through contacts with others on their own terms, and to enter into worlds of thought and expression that would otherwise be inaccessible. Languages thus play a key part in reducing ethnocentrism.

In an age when almost instant communication links the peoples of the world, when the relationships among nations are evolving rapidly and when Americans are increasingly aware of the riches of their diverse cultural heritage, the ability to use a second language acquires a new importance. Any level of proficiency in a foreign language supports both international understanding and basic contacts with various language groups in the United States. High-level ability promotes meaningful, accurate communication.

Working in Spanish
Characteristics and Skills Necessary for Success

  • Desire to learn about Spanish people and culture
  • Good ear for language and communication patterns
  • Good communication skills both orally and written
  • Desire to study abroad

Click HERE for a table on Career Areas, Employers, and Strategies for Employment

Sample Job Titles

Spanish Teacher
Travel Guide
Foreign Service Officer
International Trade Economist
Speech Pathologist
Foreign Social Worker
Customs Inspector


Learning More About Religious Studies

  • Visit the Career Services office and check out our Career Resource Library
  • Visit the SLU Modern Languages and Literature website
  • Check out Spanish course descriptions in the Catalog
  • Talk with a professor in Modern Languages and Literature about the major. Click here for a list of possible questions to ask.
  • Perform an informational interview with a professional in the field. Click here for information on how to find a professional, contacting them, and a list of possible questions.
  • Get connected with SLU alum in the field through SAINTSLink, participate in Shadow-a-Saint or complete an Internship.

Additional Resources

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Latin American Studies
Native American Studies