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Spanish - A.B.

About this Degree

Students majoring in Spanish engage with the vast cultural and linguistic variety of this global language in small and interactive classes. The program provides cross-cultural experience for all majors, while guiding them to sharpen skills in writing, oral presentation, analytical reading and active listening. Students often participate in a study abroad program in Latin America, the Caribbean, or Spain; work with the growing Spanish-speaking communities in the Athens, Georgia area through service learning classes; live in the Spanish Language Community at Mary Lyndon Residential Hall; or devise their own original research project supervised by a faculty mentor for the CURO program. Graduates are proficient in Spanish, which opens the door to rewarding professions and careers that requite bilingual communicators who possess solid cultural knowledge. Recent graduates have become Fulbright scholars; have entered top-tier graduate programs or professional schools of medicine and law; and have taken positions at companies such as Equifax, Law & Moran, Publicis Media, KLC Studio and State Farm. Visit for further information.

What you will learn

The Spanish major is a gateway to employment, professional school in medicine and law, or graduate school. Faculty consider the goal of each student to provide personalized mentoring to suit their career objectives. Students often choose a double major, combining their study of language with a complementary field in Arts and Sciences, Public and International Affairs, Journalism, Education or Business. There are a multitude of ways to acquire unique combinations of experience and knowledge. Interdisciplinary certificate programs can highlight students' distinctive interest and are often used, along with internships and short-term work abroad, to customize a student’s entry into a desired career in areas such as media and content creation; management and administration; international trade; tourism and culture industries; government service; as well as primary, secondary, and higher education.

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Associate Coordinator

Associate Editor

Bilingual Instructor

Business Development Manager

CIA/FBI Special Agent

Civil Service Worker

Client Services Coordinator

Community Relations

Copy Editor

Corporate Specialist

Customs Official

Development Assistant


Environmental Translator

Events Logistical Liaison

Foreign News Journalist 

Foreign Services Worker


Immigration Specialist

Import/Export Agent

Language Researcher

Legal Assistant


Multicultural Education and 

Outreach Coordinator

Program Coordinator

Project Manager

Recruiter/Business Development

Research Associate

Resource Coordinator & Inside 

Sales Representative

Restaurant Management

Sales Associate

Social Media Coordinator


Travel Consultant

Web Developer

A Spanish major opens a gateway to a world of employment opportunities, including:

  • Colleges and universities in the United States and abroad
  • Education, primary and secondary levels
  • Advertising and marketing
  • Finance, banking, and international business
  • Government and civil services
  • Social services, counseling and advocacy
  • Visual and performing arts
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Publishing
  • Community organizing
  • Law
  • Medicine, health care, and hospitals
  • Non-profit organizations
  • Human rights advocacy

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