Majors, Minors, & Certificates

Spanish

A major or minor in Spanish opens the door to Hispanic and Spanish cultures, incredible travel experiences, and a language spoken by 400 million people in the world. Speaking Spanish is a marketable skill valued by employers It creates possibilities for interacting with others in many environments such as business, healthcare and education. ¡Empecemos!

​Program Highlights

  • Service learning opportunities: students have worked with local reading programs, pre-K schools and numerous nonprofit organizations that serve local immigrant populations.
  • Class excursions to places such as the Williams College Museum of Art and Repertorio Español, a theater company in New York City.
  • Travel courses to Mexico and Spain allow students to experience what they learn in the classroom firsthand.
  • Students regularly meet and interact with invited scholars, authors and filmmakers from the Spanish-speaking world. Notable speakers include author Julia Alvarez, filmmakers Francesco Taboada Tabone and Juan Carlos Zaldívar, and Eduardo González, a scholar of Transitional Justice.
  • Film screenings and regular tertulias are held by the Spanish Club.
  • Opportunities for research on topics ranging from literary works to artistic movements and medical terminology
  • Multiple study abroad programs allow our students to grow in their Spanish-speaking skills and return even more excited to study Spanish.
  • A Facebook page, SpanishatSiena, keeps students informed of local and campus events, as well as job opportunities.

Skills Developed

  • Ability to communicate in Spanish with confidence.
  • General knowledge of key elements of the Spanish language (geography, family life, educational system, etc.)
  • Awareness of key historic events related to the Spanish language.
  • Ability to interpret texts linguistically and stylistically.
  • Ability to analyze authentic cultural materials such as literary pieces, news broadcasts and films.
  • Critical thinking by making intercultural connections, as well as comparing and contrasting cultures.
  • Spanish writing skills for social, academic and professional purposes.

Careers

Spanish graduates are employed as elementary and secondary school teachers, writers, editors, legal aids and English teachers abroad, as well as in medical professions, travel businesses, study abroad offices and programs such as AmeriCorps and Teach for America. Many pursue graduate studies in Hispanic Studies, Latin American Studies, English as a Second Language and TESOL programs.

Employers of our Graduates

  • Albany Academies and a number of other elementary, middle and high schools
  • North American Language and Cultural Assistants program sponsored by the Spanish Ministry of Education.
  • Fulbright Program
  • The College of Saint Rose
  • Graduate Programs at multiple universities as Graduate Teaching Assistants
  • FlipKey (A division of TripAdvisor)
  • AmeriCorps
  • Teach for America
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Modern Languages and Classics Department

We study the past and prepare students for a global future, offering major and minor degrees in Classics, French, German, Greek, Italian, Latin and Spanish, as well as instruction in all levels of American Sign Language, Arabic, Chinese and Russian.

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Career Opportunities

Speech-Language Pathologists assess and treat persons with speech, language, voice, and fluency disorders. May select alternative communication systems and teach their use. May perform research related to speech and language problems.

Job titles include: Bilingual Speech-Language Pathologist, Communication Specialist, Educational Speech-Language Clinician, Speech Pathologist, Speech Therapist, Speech and Language Clinician, Speech and Language Specialist, Speech-Language Pathologist (SLP), Speech/Language Therapist, Teacher of the Speech and Hearing Handicapped

Wages:

The median annual wage was $69,870 in 2012.

GROWTH FORECAST:

Employment is projected to grow 15-21% (faster than average) from 2012 to 2022.

English Professors teach courses in English language and literature, including linguistics and comparative literature. Includes both teachers primarily engaged in teaching and those who do a combination of teaching and research.

Job titles include: English Professor, English Instructor, Professor, Instructor, General Education Instructor, Professor of English, Humanities Professor, Assistant Professor, Associate Professor of English, Assistant Professor of English

Wages:

The median annual wage was $60,040 in 2012.

GROWTH FORECAST:

Employment is projected to grow 8-14% from 2012 to 2022.

Museum Technicians restore, maintain, or prepare objects in museum collections for storage, research, or exhibit. May work with specimens such as fossils, skeletal parts, or botanicals; or artifacts, textiles, or art. May identify and record objects or install and arrange them in exhibits. Includes book or document conservators.

Job titles include: Conservator, Objects Conservator, Paintings Conservator, Conservation Technician, Exhibit Technician, Paper Conservator, Collections Manager, Preparator, Museum Registrar, Art Preparator

Wages:

The median annual wage was $38,220 in 2012.

GROWTH FORECAST:

Employment is projected to grow 3-7% from 2012 to 2022.

Foreign Language and Literature Teachers teach languages and literature courses in languages other than English. Includes teachers of American Sign Language (ASL). Includes both teachers primarily engaged in teaching and those who do a combination of teaching and research.

Job titles include: Professor, Spanish Professor, French Professor, Spanish Instructor, English Professor, German Professor, Instructor, Instructor of Spanish, Modern Languages Professor, Assistant Professor of Spanish, American Sign Language Professor, Greek Professor, Latin Professor, Italian Professor, Arabic Professor, Russian Professor, Chinese Professor

Wages:

The median annual wage was $58,670 in 2012.

GROWTH FORECAST:

Employment is projected to grow 15-21% from 2012 to 2022.

Interpreters and Translators interpret oral or sign language, or translate written text from one language into another.

Job titles include: Court Interpreter, Deaf Interpreter, Educational Interpreter, Interpreter, Medical Interpreter, Paraprofessional Interpreter, Sign Language Interpreter, Spanish Interpreter, Technical Translator, Translator

Wages:

The median annual wage was $45,430 in 2012.

GROWTH FORECAST:

Employment is projected to grow 22% or higher from 2012 to 2022.

Area, Ethnic, and Cultural Studies Professors teach courses pertaining to the culture and development of an area, an ethnic group, or any other group, such as Latin American studies, women’s studies, or urban affairs. Includes both teachers primarily engaged in teaching and those who do a combination of teaching and research.

Job titles include: Professor, Assistant Professor, Classics Professor, Women’s Studies Professor, American Studies Professor, Associate Professor, Black Studies Professor, Ethnic Studies Professor, Lecturer, Modern Greek Studies Professor, Adjunct Instructor of Women’s Studies

Wages:

The median annual wage was $67,360 in 2012.

GROWTH FORECAST:

Employment is projected to grow 15-21% from 2012 to 2022.

Paralegals/Legal Assistants assist lawyers by investigating facts, preparing legal documents, or researching legal precedent. Conduct research to support a legal proceeding, to formulate a defense, or to initiate legal action.

Job titles include: Paralegal, Law Clerk, Legal Assistant, Legal Clerk, Real Estate Paralegal, Summer Law Associate, Legal Analyst, Paralegal Specialist, Certified Paralegal, Immigration Paralegal

Wages:

The median annual wage was $46,990 in 2012.

GROWTH FORECAST:

Employment is projected to grow 15-21% from 2012 to 2022.

Secondary school teachers teach students in one or more subjects, such as English, mathematics, or social studies at the secondary level in public or private schools. May be designated according to subject matter specialty.

Wages:

The median annual wage was $55,050 in 2012.

GROWTH FORECAST:

Employment is projected to experience 3-7% growth from 2012 to 2022.

Writers and Authors originate and prepare written material, such as scripts, stories, advertisements, and other material.

Wages:

The median annual wage was $55,940 in 2012.

GROWTH FORECAST:

Employment is projected to grow 3-7% from 2012 to 2022.

Editors plan, coordinate, or edit content of material for publication. May review proposals and drafts for possible publication.

Job titles include: Editor, Managing Editor, Newspaper Copy Editor, Sports Editor, Copy Editor, News Editor, Features Editor, Assignment Editor, City Editor, Copy Desk Chief

Wages:

The median annual wage was $53,880 in 2012.

GROWTH FORECAST:

Employment is projected to grow 0% from 2012 to 2022.

Museums/historical sites industry engages in the preservation and exhibition of objects, sites, and natural wonders of historical, cultural, and/or educational value. Careers include curators, museum technicians and conservators and tour guides.

Wages:

Depends on job function.

GROWTH FORECAST:

Employment in the museums/historical sites industry is expected to grow 15.6% by 2022.

Today our focus on preventing disease, illness and injury is just as apparent as our fight to diagnose and treat them. The Bureau of Labor Statistics reports we not only need to retain those workers already in the field, but also add a substantial number of new ones, with the most occupational growth expected among health care support jobs.

Wages:

Depends on job function.

GROWTH FORECAST:

Employment in the finance and insurance industry is expected to grow 26.5% by 2022.

The education sector comprises establishments that provide instruction and training in a wide variety of subjects. This instruction and training is provided by specialized establishments, such as schools, colleges, universities, and training centers.

Wages:

Depends on job function.

GROWTH FORECAST:

​Employment in the education is expected to grow 9.4% by 2022.