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Spanish Career & Graduate School Opportunities

Expertise in Spanish is the foundation for jobs in translation, interpretation, and teaching, but it can also open the doors to careers where the knowledge of Spanish is an important component of the job. Spanish can also give those in the workforce the upper hand when applying for positions, as second language competency is an attractive talent to firms that are working in a global market or that seek to reach Spanish-speaking markets domestically.

Since Spanish is spoken by so many people—more than 28 million in the U.S. and 132,000 in Minnesota, according to the Modern Language Association— the opportunities to employ advanced Spanish language skills are numerous.

Graduates of the Spanish program at Morris have been hired at many prestigious firms, such as:

  • Cargill
  • Edward Jones
  • First Data
  • U.S. West/Qwest

They have also taken positions at:

  • NGOs
  • Nonprofits
  • International organizations like the United Way, the Peace Corps, and the Organization of American States

Moreover, built into the Spanish program at Morris are a battery of important skills, common to liberal arts programs, that students develop during the course of study: analysis, critical thinking, creative problem-solving and communications proficiency. These abilities are much sought in the job market, and transferrable to any occupation. Some of the varied careers pursued by Spanish alumni from Morris are:

  • Accountant
  • Administrative assistant
  • Automotive sales
  • Bilingual customer service / office assistant
  • Bookkeeper
  • Business development consultant in Costa Rica
  • Buyer
  • Certified financial planner
  • Clothing sales
  • College professor of Spanish
  • Contract administration
  • Counselor
  • Defense contracting supervisor
  • English teacher
  • English as a second language Instructor
  • Foreign Service officer
  • International adoption coordinator
  • Investment sales
  • Lawyer
  • Legal editor
  • Meeting planner
  • Natural health counselor
  • Pastoral assistant
  • Personnel coordinator
  • Pharmaceutical sales
  • Photographer
  • Physical therapist
  • Psychologist
  • Public health
  • Realtor
  • Sales manager
  • Sales support
  • Sales, vice president
  • Secondary school teacher
  • Social worker
  • Spanish teacher
  • Staff psychologist
  • Town clerk
  • TV producer
  • U.S. House of Representatives, staff
  • Web designer

Career possibilities for people specializing in Spanish or Latin American Area Studies

Graduates of the Spanish program at Morris have continued on to advanced study at many illustrious universities, including:

  • Emory University
  • Georgetown University
  • North Dakota State University
  • Northwestern University
  • Universidad de Salamanca (Spain)
  • University of Arizona
  • University of Kansas
  • University of Maryland
  • University of Minnesota
  • University of Sussex (England)
  • University of Wisconsin