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Spanish Language and Literature

Spanish is an important language in the world, and many countries consider Spanish their official language for business and government. Read on to learn more about the benefits of gaining expertise in Spanish language and literature.

Inside Spanish Language and Literature

According to the Center for Applied Linguistics, Spanish is one of the top three languages spoken in the world, and the official language of many countries, including Spain, Mexico and countries in most of the Caribbean, Central America and South America (www.cal.org). In 2009, the U.S. Census Bureau reported that 12% of the U.S. population spoke Spanish as their first language, which makes Spanish second to English among the languages spoken in the United States (www.census.gov). Studying the Spanish language or Spanish literature (which can encompass Iberian and Latin American literature and country-specific cultural studies) can provide students with deep linguistic knowledge of Spanish and with a rich cultural understanding of the countries where Spanish is the primary language.

Education Information

A 4-year program is the usual option for Spanish-related education, although several variations exist, from bachelor's degrees devoted to learning Spanish, to concentrations within Spanish language programs, such as literature, international business and teaching. There are also graduate-level programs for people looking to further their expertise in the Spanish language and focus more narrowly on specific aspects of Spanish-speaking cultures, including history, literature, law, cuisine and art. Check out the links below to learn what it takes to obtain a Spanish-related degree, from 2-year programs all the way to doctorates.

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