Become fluent in one of the most widely spoken languages in the world.

A quick gander around New York City — or Miami, or Los Angeles, or many other communities — will tell you how handy it can be to learn the Spanish language. What’s more, you’ll discover a rich culture that has become an important one throughout the United States and that has influenced large areas of the world for centuries. As a Spanish major at Brooklyn College, you have the option of taking one of two tracks: a traditional one that examines the language and literature of Spain and Latin America, and one that is geared toward students interested in business. You’ll also have the opportunity to study abroad — our students have studied in Argentina, Cuba, Madrid, Puerto Rico and Uruguay.

My plan is medical school, but I’m studying Spanish so I’ll be able to speak fluently with my Hispanic patients.

Francise Lamonthe

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Quick Facts

  • A quick look at a map of the United States — from Toledo, Ohio, to El Paso, Texas, from De Soto County in Florida to Santa Monica Boulevard — reveals the influence of Spanish history and culture.
  • Spanish evolved from several languages and dialects in central-northern Iberia during the ninth century.
  • There are more than 400 million native Spanish speakers in the world.

Possible Careers

  • Marketing executive targeting the Latino community
  • Translator at the United Nations
  • Writer or editor at a Spanish-language newspaper