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A major or minor in Spanish is a useful complement to a major in any field. Individuals who possess additional language skills have a distinct advantage on the job market.

Students are encouraged to develop their language skills both here and abroad. The Spanish Program regularly offers courses in international settings through Centre’s program of study in Mérida, Mexico. The program’s faculty are also available to help students gain access to reputable programs abroad at other locations.

The first two years of the Spanish Program focus on establishing a practical knowledge base in the language, concentrating on speaking and writing skills. Many students who have studied several years of Spanish in high school are able to test into intermediate or advanced-level courses, providing them with a head start on a degree in Spanish. After Spanish 220 or its equivalent, majors take seven additional courses and minors take five.
Activities on campus are available to those students wishing to make practical application of their language skills. The Service Learning Project provides the opportunity to interact with Latinos in the Danville area, as students become involved in community volunteer projects of their choosing. The Hispanic Society, open to all Spanish students at all skill levels, meets throughout the year for discussions related to current issues in the Hispanic world. There is also a chapter of the National Spanish Honor Society on campus, Sigma Delta Pi.
Opportunities for Spanish speakers abound in business, medicine, finance, and law, etc. Since parents want their children’s competitive edge to start early, Spanish language teachers are always in demand. U.S. Latinos represent the nation’s fastest-growing minority; the emerging Latino population makes students’ knowledge of culture especially relevant.

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