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A global language, Spanish is spoken by over 332 million people. It is a major language in the United States, where about 11 percent of the population speak Spanish. The native and immigrant Hispanic population in this country totals over 28 million, nearly three times the population of Ohio.

Cleveland's Hispanic community includes several generations coming from the Caribbean, the Americas and Spain. Cleveland State University's faculty cultivate our connection to the community with lectures, film series, and other events including the annual Hispanic Awareness Week, Cinco de Mayo program and events from the Cleveland State K'inal Winik Cultural Center.

Studies in Spanish at Cleveland State University include language study for non-natives and for heritage speakers. In addition, Spanish majors have in-depth knowledge about Hispanic cultures. Our graduates have a broad overview of Spanish and Latin American history as well as an appreciation of customs and world views.

The advanced Spanish curriculum gives students in-depth knowledge of Hispanic art, literature and linguistics. As a result, Spanish major has cultural as well as linguistic proficiency.


A major in Spanish is an excellent way to gain the research and analytical skills central to a liberal education. According to the World Trade Center, U.S. corporations prefer graduates with Spanish training.

Spanish proficiency and familiarity with Hispanic culture open doors in any career. For this reason, many Cleveland State students choose to double major in Spanish and another field such as Business, Education, Social Work, Communication, or fields related to medicine.

Cleveland State graduates who want to work in fields that require language specialization find work as translators or interpreters, in social service agencies, or in governmental agencies specializing in foreign relations.

Knowing that Spanish accounts for over 50 percent of foreign language learning in the U.S., many of our students become teachers at the secondary or university level.

Some of our students continue graduate study with us, and others have been accepted to programs throughout the country.

For more information, visit CSU's Spanish Department's website


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Speaking to groups Reading/writing another language
Clarifying ideas Writing clearly
Understanding historical language change Explaining complex concepts
Reading critically Interpreting data
Evaluating information Evaluating evidence
Comparing translations interpretations Gathering information
Working with original sources in many fields Organizing materials/information
Summarizing ideas Compiling/recording data
Evaluating results Collaborating as part of a team
Determining the needs of others Acknowledging value systems
Listening carefully Interviewing non-judgmentally
Designing instruments Reporting and editing
Establishing hypotheses Reading for content and structure
Working with research subjects Communicating between cultures
Understanding cultural diversity Assessing needs
Adapting to other cultures Weighing values


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