The Spanish Program at CMU offers courses at all levels of Spanish. It is supported by a high tech audio/visual/ digital computer lab, study abroad programs in Latin America countries and in Spain, as well as several student cultural activities, and a professional and dedicate faculty.   

Why Study Spanish?

Spanish is the official language in more than 20 countries; it is spoken throughout most of Latin America and, besides Spain, it is also spoken in Equatorial Guinee in Africa. 

Spanish is the second most widely spoken language in the world. The study of Spanish-speaking cultures helps students better understanding the historical and cultural contexts that form part of today's world.

Map of countries where Spanish is the official language.

The United States is the world's fourth largest "Spanish-speaking" country with over one person in ten who speaks Spanish as his or her native language.

In fact, in 2011, the U.S. Census Bureau estimated that over 49 million people in the United States were native speakers of Spanish.

U.S. map showing percentage of Hispanic or Latino population in 2011.

Career Opportunities

World map graphicLearning Spanish makes yourself a more successful and marketable employee in today's global economy.

Whether you choose to study Spanish for professional or personal use, it will greatly increase your ability to interact with others, both at home and abroad.

Possible careers to those with Spanish degrees:


  • International Relations Consultants
  • Publishing Specialist
  • Proofreader
  • Translator
  • International Bank Officer
  • Foreign Exchange Trader
  • Foreign Correspondent
  • Importer/Exporter
  • International Accountant Manager
  • Bilingual Customer Support


  • Cultural Events Coordinator
  • Translator/Interpreter/ Guide
  • Travel Agent


  • National Security Agent
  • Court Interpreter
  • UNESCO Interpreter
  • FBI Agent
  • Foreign Service Office
  • Immigration Officer   
  • Cultural Attaché
  • Translator/Interpreter
  • Foreign Diplomat Missionary

And much more…