Opportunities for Spanish speakers abound in business, finance, law, medicine, ministry, social work, and translation — and Spanish language teachers are always in demand. Individuals who possess multiple 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.
Activities on campus are available to those students wishing to make practical application of their language skills. Community Based Learning at Centre provides the opportunity to interact with Latinos in the Danville area, as students become involved in community volunteer projects of their choosing. Other opportunities to use Spanish and work in the community include independent study, internships, and the John C. Young Scholars program. 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.
Your Major Took You Where?*
|Moore High School||Emory University (M.D., medicine)|
|Accipio Language Services||Wright State University (M.P.A., public administration)|
|Fulbright U.S. Student Program||University of North Carolina (J.D., law)|
|Santander Bank, N.A.||University of Louisville (M.D., medicine)|
|Peace Corps||University of Kentucky (M.S., medical sciences)|
*A Sampling of Recent Centre Graduates
“As a Spanish major, I have the ability to immerse myself in cultures enriched by non-English speakers without centering my experience as a U.S. citizen. The ability to shed personal privilege by speaking a foreign language encourages breaking personal barriers and limitations built to conceal the heart of certain cultures in generations passed.”
Centre Class of 2018 • Spanish Major (with a Pre-Nursing track)
Centre regularly offers trips to Spain and Latin American countries during CentreTerm in January. Spanish majors may also participate in a full-immersion exchange program in Mexico. While abroad, these exchange students have the opportunity to experience independent living and to familiarize themselves with the ins and outs of the Mexican higher education system as they enroll in regular classes offered through our partner institution, Universidad Marista de Mérida.
Spanish majors have benefited from numerous internship opportunities ranging from working at Yoohel Kaai: Cine Video Culture as a television video production assistant, to working at the Boyle-Mercer County CASA. These internships provide valuable personal contact and experience for students desiring to develop their Spanish-speaking skills. In addition, a select number of students have the opportunity to sign up for internships during CentreTerm in Mérida, Mexico.
Spanish is one of the most widely spoken languages on the planet, which means that many industries and job sectors need Spanish speakers. A major in Spanish can prepare you for numerous careers across the globe, including opportunities in the arts, business, communications, education, entertainment, government, libraries, the media, science, social service, translation, and travel. Students with a broad range of academic interests often double major since a major in Spanish is a useful complement to a major in any field.