Nearly 500 million people throughout the world speak Spanish as a first or second language. The reasons you should learn Spanish are many, not the least of which is that you will be better able to communicate with Spanish-speaking clients, employees, or colleagues, a skill that makes you more marketable in any field.
Globalization, with its accompanying free trade agreements, is shrinking the business world, and with a proficiency in Spanish, you will definitely have an edge. Knowing at least one foreign language has become indispensable with the increasing economic and political interdependence of nations.
The Spanish major at Bryant will advance your development of intercultural competence. This course of study is designed to provide you with advanced proficiency in the Spanish language and a deeper understanding of Hispanic cultures. The Spanish concentration and the Spanish minor complement other majors and provide you with an advanced level of language proficiency.
At Bryant, you will not only complete Spanish language and culture courses, but also take general liberal arts and critical thinking courses and minor in a business discipline.
Future careers, post-grad opportunities
Career opportunities with a background in Spanish can be found in an array of professional fields. Our graduates are also accepted into prestigious graduate programs and law schools worldwide.
The faculty members who teach Spanish are experienced educators and active researchers in the fields of psycholinguistics, computer-assisted language learning, and international business education. They also make contributions in the areas of service learning, student assessment, and the pedagogy of Spanish-language film and literature.
THE BUSINESS SIDE OF LANGUAGE
Modern Languages Lecturer
Gomez encourages competition. She views events such as the Business Language Case Competition as crucial for second-language learners because they require students to think analytically in another language. In such real-life business presentation settings, students must use secondary language skills to communicate.
“The question and answer portion is a real challenge because students have to learn to think on their feet,” Gomez noted after one contest in which the team prepared a 15-minute presentation, dissecting a case about a retail giant’s international strategy, and fielded questions from a panel of judges – all in Spanish.
Aaron Pereira '14
Path: Accounting, Spanish
"The Spanish program at Bryant has been such a journey! Having taken classes since middle school, I never expected college Spanish to be much different. The Spanish program at Bryant has so many opportunities – the professors put in 110 percent. The classes are interesting and engaging and I am fortifying my ability to speak Spanish is a great asset."