Hola! Are you looking to have a competitive edge once you enter the job force? Do you want to learn how to speak Spanish, or put your Spanish speaking skills to good use while learning about Hispanic culture?
The Spanish Language Studies major at Ramapo College integrates the skills needed to communicate efficiently and confidently in Spanish, and provides a solid background in the history, cultures, and literatures of the Hispanic world.
CLASSES YOU CAN TAKE: Contemporary Spanish, Early Transatlantic Encounters, Latin American Literature Since 1900, Hispanic Women’s Voices & Images, Foreign Language Pedagogy, Hispanic Culture Through Artists, Nueva York Latino, Spanish Civilization, The Art of Conversation in Spanish, Rewriting Hispanic Identity
With only 10 required courses, your Spanish language major is designed to pair with another discipline such as a second major or minor, furthering your options in the job market.
Your degree will prepare you for success in graduate school as well as a wide range of careers in business, education, community organizations, law, communications, and government. If you are considering education, the program’s Teacher Education concentration meets the state teacher certification standards for New Jersey. You can also consider focusing on a literature concentration.
Sample Job Titles and National Salary Ranges
Interpreters and Translators
$40,230 - $119,560
$42,620 - $97,460
Teachers and Instructors, All Other, Except Substitute Teachers
$18,980 - $81,650
* Sources of Information: United States Department of Labor: Bureau of Labor Statistics (2017).
For more information about careers and assistance in making your career plans, please contact Career
Services (firstname.lastname@example.org) or visit www.ramapo.edu/careercenter/.
Mandie Mayer '19
Creative Writing, International Studies, Spanish
Nora Dougherty '12
Human Rights and Genocide Studies, International Studies, Political Science, Spanish
Jenny Wankmuller '18
Iraida H. López
Paola Bermedo-Sturla '15
International Studies, Spanish
Brittany Hooper '17
American Studies, International Studies, Spanish
Kate Ambrosio '15
International Studies, Spanish, Women's and Gender Studies
Emily Gang '15
Spanish, Teacher Education Program
Colleen Moran '15
Secondary Education Program, Spanish
Megan Niemiec '14
As part of your coursework, you are required to pursue an approved summer, semester- or year-long study abroad program in a Spanish-speaking country, service-learning experience, or internship program. Ramapo students have previously gained experience interning with the Venezuelan Consulate, Grupo Cajola, Institute for International Education, ABC’s The View, The Feminist Press and the New York Public Library.
Through your courses, Ramapo’s goals are to develop your advanced proficiency in speaking, reading, writing, and listening as well as in the cultural and socio-linguistic aspects of Spanish.
Spanish Language Studies Minor
The Spanish Language Studies minor at Ramapo College will provide you with the skills needed to communicate efficiently and confidently in Spanish, at the same time it will give you a solid background in the history, cultures, and literatures of the Hispanic world. Furthermore, our innovative curriculum extends beyond the traditional spaces of the Hispanic world to explore and celebrate the diversity of the Spanish-speaking communities today, including the vibrant and varied communities of the United States. Such a comprehensive approach to Spanish Language Studies prepares students for success in graduate school as well as a wide range of careers in business, education, community organizations, law, communications, health professions, and government.
Spanish minors are made up of both native or heritage speakers and non-native second language learners. This not only makes for a diverse, rich classroom experience, but it also allows students to use their unique strengths and gaps in linguistic and/or cultural knowledge to learn from one another. In this way, you have the opportunity to acquire a key skill in mastering any language – understanding how we learn language itself. Studying language is one of the best ways to become culturally competent, that is, being able to interact effectively in more than one culture. Everyone knows the U.S. and the world today are highly globalized and in order to negotiate successfully in them, we need to understand and appreciate diversity. Your college experience should do this for you.