In the age of globalization, proficiency in the Spanish language and awareness of aspects of Hispanic cultures are valuable assets, both internationally and domestically, in many majors and careers, including international relations, international business, journalism and mass communication, health care, government, education, justice studies, law service industries and travel and tourism. Graduates with linguistic and cultural proficiency in Spanish may be prepared to work abroad in Spain, Central America, South America and the Caribbean. Domestically, more than 50 million Hispanics or Latinos, 16% of the total U.S. population, reside in the U.S( U.S. Census Bureau, 2010 Census Data).
For those interested in teaching, employment of K-12 teachers is expected to grow 13% between 2008 and 2018, and bilingual education is considered to be one of the high-demand fields (U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, Occupational Outlook Handbook 2010-2011). Students interested in obtaining teaching licensure in Spanish should pursue a B.A. in Spanish combined with an education minor.
General Admissions for New Freshman: Students most likely to be admitted and succeed at the Kent Campus are those who have graduated with at least 16 units of the recommended college preparatory curriculum in high school, who have achieved a cumulative high school grade point average of 2.5 or higher (on a 4.0 scale), and whose composite ACT score is 21 or better (980 combined critical reading and math SAT score). For more information on admissions, visit the Admissions website for new freshmen.
General Admissions for Transfer Students:Generally, a transfer applicant who has taken 12 or more semester hours with a college cumulative GPA of at least 2.0 on a 4.0 scale may be admitted. An applicant who has taken fewer than 12 semester hours will be evaluated on both collegiate and high school records. For more information on admissions, visit the Admissions website for transfer students.
Minimum 121 total credit hours and 42 upper-division hours for graduation. Minimum 2.00 GPA overall and 2.00 GPA in major required for graduation.
Students whose native language is Spanish, or who were schooled in a Spanish-speaking country, or who have studied Spanish in middle school or high school may fulfill the language requirement through CLEP, IB, AP, CBE or documentation of native proficiency or schooling in Spanish. Prior to beginning Spanish coursework, students with prior knowledge of Spanish should contact the department of Modern and Classical Language Studies for placement and academic credit information.
STUDY ABROAD/AWAY OPPORTUNITIES: There are many Study Abroad/Away Opportunities, for more information contact the Office of Global Education.
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