Welcome to the Spanish program at Case Western Reserve University
BIENVENIDO! The Spanish program offers a variety of courses to help students achieve proficiency in the language and culture while fulfilling the requirements for the major and minor. The program focuses on all four language skills: listening, speaking, reading, and writing. Upper-level courses provide students with the opportunity to further enhance their linguistic and cultural proficiency through conversation, composition, translation, cinema, culture, and literature. Students are encouraged to participate in the study abroad courses offered in Spain or Latin America. This experience can help students gain translingual competence, which is the ability to successfully maneuver between languages and cultures. Translingual competence is a valuable skill in today’s globalized world. A Spanish major or minor can provide students with an excellent foundation for graduate school or careers in a variety of fields, including medicine, nursing, law, international business and finance, journalism, and foreign service.
Some specific benefits of studying Spanish are:
Improved cognitive function: Studies have shown that learning a second language can improve cognitive function, memory, and creativity.
Better career opportunities: Bilingual workers are in high demand in many fields, and they often earn higher salaries than their monolingual counterparts.
Increased travel opportunities: Knowing Spanish can open up a whole new world of travel destinations. You’ll be able to communicate with locals and learn about their cultures in a more meaningful way.
Cultural enrichment: Learning Spanish can help you to better understand and appreciate Hispanic culture. This includes music, movies, food, literature, and more. If you are interested in learning Spanish, I encourage you to consider this program.