Hispanic Studies

Hispanic Studies

Program Description
Spanish is the second most-widely spoken language in the world. A Hispanic language major provides students with a greatly enriched view of the world around them as well as Spanish language skills that will prove useful in many professional occupations. With its emphasis on research, writing and creative and analytical thought, the Hispanic major prepares students for graduate studies in Spanish and most professional schools including law, business, education and medicine. A deep understanding of this culture and language can also enhance professions such as publishing, journalism, government, military and more. Many Hispanic Studies majors combine their academic work with other areas to prepare for career opportunities in international business, travel or communications, where knowledge of a foreign language and culture are essential.

As part of AUM’s World Languages and Cultures program, the Hispanic Studies concentration enables the student to develop the five skills of Spanish speaking, reading, writing, listening and cultural competency. This area of study includes a culture track and a trade track. In the culture track, the student takes more internationally-related course work in the humanities and political science. In the trade track, the student takes courses in international economics and business. Students benefit from a wide array of study-abroad opportunities.

Put Your Degree to Work

The Hispanic language major prepares students for a variety of professional opportunities in the United States and abroad. Students may pursue careers in education, government, law, social services, health care, tourism, publishing and non-profit organizations. Spanish majors may also continue their education with an advanced degree in area studies, business or law. Other job fields include the following:

  • Sales and marketing
  • International relations
  • Business management
  • Bilingual educator
  • Political analysis
  • Foreign news correspondent
  • Customs/immigration official
  • Translator or interpreter
  • Patient advocate in healthcare environment
  • Foreign consultant/analyst
  • Financial advisor Latino markets

For More Information

Department of History and World Languages & Cultures 
​Auburn University at Montgomery
Liberal Arts 348

Program Overview

The course listings below are a representation of what this academic program requires. For a full review of this program in detail, please see our official online catalog AND consult with an academic advisor. This listing does not include the core curriculum courses required for all majors and may not include some program-specific information, such as admissions, retention and termination standards.

Course #Course NameCourse Description
GEOG 3950Introduction to Geographic Information SystemsGeographic Information Systems history and theory, spatial concepts, research design, computer cartography, data collection and entry, information, storage, relational database design, digitizing, raster/vector operations, GPS and GIS, remote sensing analysis, overlay operations, spatial statistics and predictive modeling, spatial queries, and GIS output.
INTL 3000Introduction to International Studies (WI)An interdisciplinary course that focuses on cultural differences that influence attitudes, assumptions and behavior, especially as they affect intercultural communications. (Same as COMM 3000). Prerequisite ENGL 1020.
INTL 4400Special Topics in INTL (WI)Period or topic courses in International Studies, the exact emphasis announced at each course offering. May be repeated as emphasis changes.
SPAN 1010Elementary Spanish I/LabBasic language skills with emphasis on conversation and exposure to Hispanic civilization. For student with less than two years of high school Spanish. Multi-media computer lab required.
SPAN 1020Elementary Spanish II/LabFundamentals of the Spanish language skills with emphasis on conversation and exposure to Hispanic civilization. Fulfills School of Liberal Arts foreign language core requirement. Multi-media computer lab required. Prerequisite SPAN 1010.
SPAN 2010Intermediate Spanish I/LabReview of grammatical structures, development of reading and writing skills and increased understanding of Hispanic cultures. Multi-media computer lab required. Prerequisite SPAN 1020.
SPAN 2020Intermediate Spanish II/LabReview of grammatical structures, development of reading and writing skills and increased understanding of Hispanic cultures. Multi-media computer lab required. Prerequisite SPAN 2010.
Four Spanish (SPAN) courses at 3000 or 4000 level
Approved upper level courses in anthropology, economics, film studies,
geography, history, international business, literature, political science,

theatre, visual arts.

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