Major in Spanish and Latin American Studies

1. History
  The Department of Spanish & Latin American Studies was established in 2007 in order to cultivate Latin American specialists by promoting knowledge of the region and by educating students in Spanish, one of the most widely spoken languages in the world. Latin America is a major trading partner with Korea and its international influence has recently increased. The Department of Spanish & Latin American Studies is a unique place where students can not only learn Spanish language but also acquire knowledge on Latin America in order to develop into an area specialist. 


2. Introduction
  Spanish is one of the five official languages of the United Nations, and it is spoken by about four hundred million people in more than 20 countries: Mexico, Chile, Argentina, Colombia, Peru, Venezuela, Paraguay, Uruguay, Cuba, Ecuador, Nicaragua, Panama, Guatemala, El Salvador, the Dominican Republic, Bolivia, Costa Rica, and so on. In the U.S., Spanish is the most commonly spoken foreign language with more than fifty million users. Spanish is helping transform the U.S. into a bilingual country.
  The curriculum of the Department of Spanish & Latin American Studies aims at educating students to be creative and competent professionals, by providing knowledge on the economy, politics, and the social and cultural aspects of Latin America as well as fluent and practical Spanish language skills. Courses offered by the department are: the Culture and Society of Latin America, Contemporary Latin American Economy, History of Latin American, Spanish language courses and various on-site training opportunities in Latin America.


3. Major facilities and equipment
  Multimedia room, language laboratory, satellite broadcast listening room, PC room, TV and VCR, cassette player, projector, etc.


4. Career after graduation
  The economic relationship between Korea and Latin America is closer now than ever. Therefore, the demand for professionals fluent in Spanish and well-versed in regional affairs is rapidly increasing. As a result, students who are fluent in Spanish language and knowledgeable in the regional affairs of Latin America have many career opportunities.
  Currently, the demand for workers who have such qualities is larger than the supply in Korea. Therefore, employment rates for Korean graduates with Spanish language skill and knowledge on Latin America are significantly high for various universities which offer Spanish programs. In fact, the demand for workers with such qualities is so high in some industries that the job prospects for the graduates are bright. Possible areas where graduates of the department can work are: various judicial, administrative, and legislative governmental institutions, including the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade, KOTRA, international banks, and the embassies and consulates of  Latin American countries and Spain, both in and out of Korea. Students can also have opportunities to work at various branches of Korean companies such as Samsung and LG in places like Mexico or Guatemala, or work as international business executives in electronics, textiles, shoe manufacture, the automobile industry, the fishing industry, heavy industries etc. With advanced degrees in areas such as interpretation, Latin American Studies, education, etc, graduates can work in middle and high schools or universities. Other opportunities include working in journalism as reporters, news anchors or translators, or in more artistic areas such as architecture, painting, music and dance.


5. Special programs
  There are short- and long-term language training programs and student exchange programs through agreements with many universities such as the University of Guadalajara , the University of Puebla and the University of Colima in Mexico, the Javeriana University in Colombia, the University of Mayor in Chile and the University of Castilla-La-Mancha in Spain. In addition to diverse study groups, the department also offers various conversation clubs where students can practice their Spanish with native Spanish speakers. Also, a Spanish play club, a music club, and other clubs are in the planning stages. Guest lectures by experts on Latin America, academic seminars, Spanish camp, and other programs will also be provided.


6. Office
  Location : #518 Smith Hall 5th floor
  Tel : 82-53-580-5737

1095 Dalgubeoldaero, Daegu, Korea 42601 / Tel. +82-53-580-5114
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