Program Type: Major
Program Level: Undergraduate
Department: Majors

The USC Upstate Spanish program opens news worlds of opportunity. The Spanish program aims to teach communication in Spanish, to provide knowledge and understanding of Hispanic cultures, to build multilingual communities, to draw comparisons between various cultural and linguistic systems, and to expand our students’ educational experience by connecting Spanish with other disciplines in the University and with people and careers at home and around the world. Students who complete the Spanish major gain cultural competence, leadership skills, cultural sensitivity, and the ability to communicate with speakers of Spanish in their own language. 

Spanish majors are prepared for a competitive global marketplace, particularly in view of the international nature of the Upstate community and the growing Hispanic population in the United States, home of the world's second largest Spanish-speaking population. Demand for translators and interpreters is expected to grow by 40 percent in the coming years, and our Spanish majors can be part of the bridge between businesses, health care providers, educators, non-profit services, and the multilingual communities they serve.

Alumni of the Spanish program have joined the Peace Corps and made a difference in the lives of people around the world, become certified teachers in South Carolina, moved to Spain or Latin America to teach English, or earned positions in training, human resources, communications, management, and other areas within international corporations that needed people to bridge English-speaking and Spanish-speaking communities, locally and in global markets. Students who earn a double-major in Spanish and business, criminal justice, nursing, psychology, non-profit administration, child advocacy studies, informatics, education, or engineering technology management make themselves more competitive and more ready to become future leaders in any career they choose.

¿Hablas español en casa? ¿Te gustaría aprender más sobre tu cultura y el mundo hispánico? ¿Buscas perfeccionar tu español oral o escrito? ¿Quieres estudiar en el extranjero? ¿O tal vez te interesa aprender sobre la traducción y la interpretación para carreras médicas o legales? ¿Te gustaría participar en actividades sin fin de lucro con líderes comunitarios? Aprovecha de muchas oportunidades para desarrollar liderazgo.

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  • Spanish majors not only acquire skills in reading, writing and speaking the language, but they also explore and develop an appreciation for literature and broader cultures of Spanish-speaking lands and people around the globe. The Spanish program offers students the opportunity to study the language, literature, and culture of the Hispanic world, including both European and Latin American contexts.

    Course offerings focus on language (written and spoken), culture (Latin American and Spanish), and literature. Our faculty are committed to active learning teaching strategies and hands-on learning opportunities. Students also enjoy service learning opportunities translating and interpreting for non-profit organizations in the Upstate and complete internships with area schools, healthcare organizations, businesses, and service organizations. These experiences prepare students with not only the courses but the professional experiences that make them ready for meaningful careers. 

    Students beginning the major at the 101-102 level complete introductory and intermediate courses (201-202) in their first two years at the university, then complete intensive study in their junior and senior years. Students who place into intermediate or advanced levels may begin upper-level work immediately. 

    All students are encouraged to participate in study abroad experiences with our university partners in Spain, Nicaragua, Costa Rica, and other Spanish-speaking countries. 

    A minor in Spanish and minor in Spanish translation/interpreting are also offered. 

  • According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics Occupational Outlook Handbook, the number of job openings for interpreters and translators is projected to increase by an incredible 46 percent by the year 2022. Our alumni work globally in multinational businesses, international and American-based nonprofit organizations, the Peace Corps and in schools and universities around the world. 

    Our majors find careers in a variety of fields:

    • Interpreting in Business, Criminal Justice and Law, Education, Government, and Health care Professions
    • International Business Communications, Bilingual Marketing, and Training
    • Military and Intelligence Services
    • Non-Profit Administration and Programming for Hispanic-Serving Organizations
    • Peace Corps
    • Publishing/Editing/Digital Media in Spanish
    • Relocation Services Language and Cultural Training for Speakers of Other Languages
    • Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages Worldwide
    • Teaching in K12-College
    • Translation and Interpreting
  • Students in the Spanish program have completed internships with many businesses and organizations in Spartanburg and throughout the Upstate. Some examples include the following:

    • Arcadia Elementary
    • Chinese Culture and Education Center in China
    • Inman City Fire Department
    • Lone Oak Elementary
    • Spartanburg Regional Healthcare System