Department of Spanish and Portuguese

What can I do with my Spanish or Portuguese major?

Some Facts: 

Spanish is the second-most spoken language in the world (after Mandarin Chinese), with more than 437 million speakers. Portuguese is the third most-spoken language in the Western Hemisphere, and the most widely spoken language in South America, with 200 million speakers. Note that the Spanish and Portuguese major isnt just for activities abroad. The Spanish-speaking population in Texas is growing every day, with an estimated 7 million people who speak Spanish in the home (approximately 29% of the state's population). 

Employers seek creative cross-culturally competent problem solvers who can communicate with multiple audiences through a variety of media. In our courses students learn and practice. Critical Thinking; Emotional Intelligence; Learnability; Understanding People; Innovation; Communication; Data Management and Analysis; Cross-Cultural Competence; Ethics; and Technology. 

The Most first employment paths with the major are in Education and Translation and Interpretation. 

Our Majors Open Doors to a Variety of Career Paths

Art, Media, Entertainment: 
Translation and Interpretation; Journalism and Advertising; Public Relations; Publishing; Film Production

Translation and Interpretation; Linguistics; Foreign Service; Civil Service; Diplomacy; Immigration/Naturalization; U.S. Customs; Law Enforcement and Intelligence Community (local, state, FBI, CIA, DEA)

Business (International and Domestic): 
Logistics and Distribution Management; Patent Examination; Marketing; Sales; Public Relations; Corporate Law; Personnel Management; International Accounts Management; Recruitment; Analyzation; Technical Writing; Import/Export Firms; Commercial Aviation Industry

International; Labor; Environmental; Immigration; Intellectual Property; Business; Civil Rights; Criminal; Family; Health

Doctor; Nurse; Speech Pathology

Non-Profit and Social Services:
Community Engagement Coordination; International Aid/Development 

Travel and Tourism


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