Arts and Letters

Hispanic Studies

Bachelor of Arts in Hispanic Studies

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The Hispanic Studies major prepares students for graduate study and careers in communications, business, education, media, and social sciences. Conversation, culture, and literature are emphasized in the program to prepare students for the changing needs of society.

Hispanic Studies at the Mount

The Hispanic Studies major at the Mount prepares students to speak and write in Spanish. The emphasis on understanding and appreciating the diverse Hispanic cultures is integral to the major. Students are encouraged to practice the language through service learning in the community and study abroad opportunities. Close faculty and student mentoring is a hallmark of the program.

Program Requirements

The Hispanic Studies major requires a minimum of 36 credits (39 maximum). The grade on the Mount Saint Mary College Spanish entrance exam determines which level the student can begin. Students take 24 credits of required courses and 12 elective credits. Students are encouraged to study abroad. The Mount offers a summer and spring semester in Segovia, Spain, but accepts other programs as well. Students who minor in Hispanic Studies must take a minimum of 18 credits.

Career Options

Career opportunities abound in translating, marketing communications, criminal justice, business, teaching finance, healthcare, social work, and government, to name a few.

Career Outlook

“With well over 35 million Spanish speakers in the United States, and with over 40% of the population growth being among the Hispanic people, the stage is set for an enormous increase in Spanish usage in the United States. This has sparked a lot of interest among US citizens, a group not particularly known for their multilingualism. This interest will only increase as the Hispanic population of the US approaches 50 million by the year 2015. But it's not only in the US where Spanish is popular. In Europe, Spanish is the second most popular second language, after English. With some 400 million speakers, Spanish is the fourth most commonly spoken language in the world. Only Mandarin, English, and Hindi have more speakers. If you count only native speakers, Spanish outranks English. Spanish is an official language on four continents and is the mother tongue in 21 countries. The sheer number of Spanish speakers and their rate of growth makes learning Spanish a smart choice.”

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