If you live in the United States, you live in the fifth largest Spanish-speaking country in the world. More than 30 million Spanish speakers live here.
Spanish is the most popular modern language, reflecting its national and international importance. Worldwide more than 425 million Spanish speakers live in more than 20 different countries.
The rise of Spanish speakers in the United States—the Latino population grew from 14 to 35.5 million in the last two decades—has created jobs and demand for those with fluency in both Spanish and English. Some companies all over the United States pay bonuses to prospective employees who can speak Spanish. You can be one of those to be offered a job and/or receive a bonus by majoring in Spanish.
Knowing Spanish can be useful in the following careers (as well as others not listed here):
To take your study beyond the classroom, you can go to Spain, Mexico, or other Spanish-speaking countries for one or two semesters or for a summer foreign study program.
Also, each year a number of Ball State Spanish students participate in Ball State University's International Student Exchange Program, the Ball State / UNIACC Student Exchange Program, or the Kiis Study Abroad Program and spend one or two semesters at Spanish speaking universities in Mexico, Spain, and Chile.
Our Spanish teaching staff of 13 includes five tenure-line professors with specialties in Mexico, Argentina, 18th and 20th century Spain, and applied Spanish linguistics.
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