¿Por qué estudiar Español?
(Why should you study Spanish?)
Fact: Spanish is spoken by more than 400 million speakers around the world. The Spanish-speaking population is the fastest growing segment in the United States and is the most predominant foreign language in Houston. With one of the fastest-growing markets in the world at your fingertips and as more employers in the public and private sectors seek those with advanced written and oral fluency, learning Spanish grants you access into an enriching experience with many possibilities. The Spanish major and minor at HBU aims to meet those professional demands of a global community. Through an immersion of culture, language and literature, our goal is for you to master Spanish language skills and fully experience the richness of the diverse literatures and cultures of the Spanish-speaking world.
Our professors are equipped with expertise in a number of fields such as linguistics, education, Latin American studies, and Peninsular and Latin American literature. As a Spanish major or minor, you can further strengthen your marketability by taking courses that can supplement your career goals in business, medicine and education. Apart from coursework in grammar and literature, other exciting courses focus on business and medical Spanish, music and film studies.
Learning Spanish will prepare you for any field that serves a population of Spanish speakers. Becoming multilingual will give you a distinct advantage in:
Ministry, both foreign and domestic
and many other fields
Internship opportunities are available to those who wish to apply their language and cultural knowledge and skills to work experience in a variety of settings that include Spanish tutoring within the university, medical internships at St. Luke Hospitals, and internships at various Hispanic businesses within the Houston community. We strongly encourage our students to take advantage of our Study Abroad program. Our Spanish program is tied to the Universidad de Santiago de Compostela, one of the most prestigious and unique universities in Spain which traces its roots back to the 15th century. Imagine learning Spanish in a beautiful and historic Galician city where courses available year-round are tailored to the level of your proficiency for your convenience!
Besides the many practical reasons to major in Spanish, it is just plain fun and rewarding! Did you know: research suggests that students that learn a second language enhance creativity and complex problem solving and are more cognitively efficient over those who do not. You will have the opportunity to read, analyze and discuss great masterpieces of literature as they were originally written by the author. Knowledge of language is the key to unlocking the wisdom of other cultures as well as providing a passport to exotic and exciting destinations. As more and more value is placed on the roles and abilities that multilingual individuals occupy and lend in an ever increasing global community and diverse society, researchers, employers, and educators continue to reexamine and stress the advantages of language learning and its function in academic and cognitive development. Learning a foreign language is truly one of the greatest intellectual adventures you can have!
Don't take our word for it! Read this recent article on the importance of learning Spanish
and read below what our graduates are saying!
"Throughout my time studying Spanish at HBU, I was amazed by the dedication of the professors and how available they were to us as students. They are experts in their fields of study and they know very well how to teach. After having gone through the program, I am now fully confident in my abilities to communicate in Spanish and I know my career options. I discovered the importance of Hispanic literature in the world, learned how to use Spanish in various careers such as in the medical field and in business, and I was able to learn alongside native speakers with whom I was able to practice Spanish, learn about culture, and make lifelong friendships. I definitely recommend studying Spanish at HBU to anyone who is interested." - Nick Bostic, Spanish Major, BA 2014, Spanish Teacher HISD