Why Study Spanish?

The importance of Spanish in the global community

It is a fact that more and more businesses and organizations value employees with oral and written fluency in Spanish, a language giving access to one of the fastest-growing markets in the world. If you speak Spanish, you can communicate with almost 500 million people worldwide.

Think how many more employment opportunities could be available to you.

Would you want to take a trip to Spain or Latin America? Being able to communicate in Spanish will go a long way.

• Spanish is the world's third most spoken language, after Mandarin Chinese and English, and ranks second in terms of native speakers, today almost 500 million people worldwide speak Spanish.

• It is the mother tongue of approximately 388 million people in 21 countries (Mexico: 102 million, USA: 45 million, Spain: 44 million, Colombia: 44 million, Argentina: 39 million, Venezuela: 28 million, Peru: 28 million…) It is also widely spoken in many more where it is not an official language.

• Close to 30 million people living in the U.S. are Hispanic, and soon one out of every six people living in the U.S. will be Hispanic. In the past, learning Spanish used to be a way to open doors, but soon it will be a necessity. Hispanic consumers are the fastest-growing market segment in North America. Their buying power is expected to exceed $1.5 trillion in 2015.

• Employers are seeking applicants who can speak Spanish in nearly every profession (medical, government, legal, journalism, finance, education, sales, etc.).

• A large body of literary work is written in Spanish and Spanish-language. Films continue to receive praise from the film industry and viewers. At last count, there were more than 16,000 Spanish publications, 250 Spanish TV stations and 5,100 Spanish radio stations.

• Spanish is the second most used language in international communication, and an official language of the UN and its organizations.

Not only is learning Spanish becoming increasingly important in terms of the global economy, it can also play a major role in your own personal development.

Students at the University of Indianapolis have the opportunity to study with experienced American teachers of Spanish as well as with native speakers from Spain and Mexico.

Our new Applied Language and Literatures Program offers a wide variety of courses that allow students to perfect their use of written and spoken Spanish in the context of business, international media and medicine as well as to acquire cultural knowledge about the many areas of the world where Spanish is spoken. This program is track and skill-oriented and will prepare students from day one for careers in several areas:

• International business correspondence

• Market research

• Medical and technical writing

• Oral and written translations

• Intercultural services

A vital element of the Applied Language Program in conjunction with Service Learning opportunities is the integration of internships into the course of study. These internships include shadowing and collaborating with professionals who work in a variety of organizational settings where the successful management of a multi-linguistic and culturally diverse workforce is of crucial importance.

Whether you decide to study business, occupational or physical therapy, political science, or some other major area, a good command of Spanish may very well make the difference in your getting the job.

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