With over 400 million native speakers, Spanish is one of the most common languages spoken throughout the world today. In the U.S., it is the second most used language and is spoken throughout Europe and most of South America. If you’re interested in diving into another language, it’s difficult to go wrong with the value and utility that you’ll acquire from majoring in Spanish.

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UTSA’s Spanish Program

UTSA’s Spanish degree is designed to develop a specialized knowledge of Hispanic culture, literature and language. Studying the Spanish language leads to a greater appreciation of Hispanic art and culture, and enhances your travel experiences throughout Central and South America and Europe. Bilingualism opens the door to several career opportunities as many firms seek employees who can speak both Spanish and English. Additionally, many occupational fields are in need of professional translators and interpreters including healthcare, law, government, military, law enforcement and education. 

Careers in Spanish

Top job titles for Spanish graduates include:

• Interpreter
• Proofreader
• Independent Contractor
• Linguist
• Content Coordinator

Spanish and its related career pathways are currently in higher than average demand in San Antonio in the 2018-19 financial year. US States/Regions with high demand for related jobs include Los Angeles, CA, Washington D.C. and Boston, MA. More than 144,000 Spanish-related job opportunities existed nationwide in 2018-19.

Career Resources

UTSA’s University Career Center offers several resources to help students identify and develop the global skills necessary to successfully pursue and achieve lifelong career goals.

Career Opportunities

Marketable Skills

Industries for Spanish Graduates

Spanish is a widely applicable major as businesses and organizations across several industries require staff and services related to this major. The industries that posted the largest number of Spanish-related positions over 2018-19 included:

• Technical Services
• General Hospitals
• Employment Services
• Elementary and Secondary Schools
• Architecture and Engineering Related Services

Salaries for Spanish Graduates

The salary range for open Spanish-related positions in the US between November 2018 and October 2019 were:

lowest 10% $33,696
median $47,124
top 10% $68,861

Source: Burning Glass

Skills and Interests for Spanish Majors

While many skills and interests translate to potential careers as a Spanish graduate, some are more commonly sought after than others. Spanish may be a good fit for you if:

• You enjoy working with others
• You are a strong communicator
• You are good with technology
• You are detail oriented
• You are well organized

Scholarships Offered:

  • El Patronato de la Cultura Hispanoamericana Scholarship
    • Undergraduates must have minimum cumulative 2.5 GPA
    • Graduates must have a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or better
    • Applicants must major in Spanish, Mexican-American Studies or History
  • John S. Jockusch Endowed Scholarship in the Liberal Arts
    • Must be an undergraduate or graduate student with a declared major in a liberal arts discipline within COLFA.
    • Minimum 3.0 cumulative GPA
  • Albar and Englantina Peña Memorial Scholarship Fund
    • Undergraduate students pursuing BA IDS with bilingual teaching certification for EC-6th and or 4-8th grades levels.
    • Graduate students pursuing a M.A. in Bicultural-Bilingual Education, or a M.A. in Bicultural Studies.
    • Minimum cumulative GPA of 2.5 for undergraduates
    • Minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 for graduates
    • Applicants must have Spanish/English language proficiency.
    • Undergraduates must be members in good standing of BESO
    • Graduates must be members in good standing of GLOBE.
  • Paricutin Civic and Educational Foundation, Inc. Endowed Scholarship
    • Scholarships shall be provided to entering freshmen who are San Antonio residents and are U.S. citizens or permanent resident aliens
    • Preference will be given to applicants who are first generation in their family to attend college. Applicants must be high school graduates of Harlandale, Edgewood or San Antonio ISD.
    • Preference will given to applicants who are bi-lingual in Spanish and English

Student Life

Studying the Spanish language leads to a greater appreciation of Hispanic art and culture, and enhances your travel experiences throughout Central and South America and Europe. Bilingualism opens the door to several career opportunities as many firms seek employees who can speak both Spanish and English. Additionally, many occupational fields are in need of professional translators and interpreters including healthcare, law, government, military, law enforcement and education.


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