row of student facesWhy Study Spanish?

Spanish is spoken by approximately 400 million people in 21 countries. The study of Spanish opens doors not only for international business, service, teaching and travel, but it also promotes cross-cultural understanding within the United States. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the need for translators for languages such as Spanish will remain strong, and the job market for all translators and interpreters is expected to increase 24 percent through 2016. The U.S. has the fifth largest Spanish-speaking population in the world after Mexico, Spain, Argentina and Colombia. No matter which career you choose, you are likely to interact with Spanish speakers.

Spanish at Heidelberg

All Heidelberg Spanish majors spend a semester abroad, living with a host family and studying in a Spanish-speaking country. This total immersion experience is the most effective way to become fluent in the language and to feel truly "at home" in the host culture. While abroad, students live the cultural experiences that others only read about. At a cost that is comparable to spending a semester on Heidelberg’s home campus in Ohio, this study abroad experience is a cornerstone of the Berg Spanish major.

Heidelberg students also can participate in a service-learning course, preparing and implementing enrichment activities for a summer program for immigrant children in communities along the U.S.-Mexico border.

In addition, Heidelberg students of Spanish can practice their language skills at the Spanish Conversation Table, which meets weekly for coffee, snacks and conversation in Spanish. Spanish majors also may choose an internship with En Camino, a local agency that works in the Spanish-speaking migrant community.