By Imani Fussell
September 13, 2012

Why should a Cabrini student be interested in majoring in or taking up a minor in Spanish?

“All students in the major recognize that Spanish is a skill that is very much needed today,” Dr. Raquel Green, assistant professor of romance languages and literatures, said. People of Spanish origin are the largest ethnic minority in the United States today, according to Green.

“The population has increased over the past several years,” Green said. Green loves diversity in her classroom and the different perspectives her students bring to the table. What makes the Spanish major appealing at Cabrini is that, unlike the other languages, it can be finished in four years. Students are able to use their abilities and skills beyond the classroom as well: both in the community and in the workplace.

The Spanish department also offers Our Interconnected Hemisphere. These courses allow students to get involved in the surrounding communities like Norristown, Pa., and study the issues within the area such as immigration and the social differences of diverse communities.

Community engagement gives Spanish majors the opportunity to practice within the community. Students become familiar with the challenges of Latino education in the U.S., and they’re provided with a face, a name and identity. What could a Spanish major use their degree for?

“Any job dealing with the public,” Green said.

And Green’s advice for her spanish major students?

“If you want to remain competitive, knowing Spanish will give you an advantage.”

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