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Why Study Spanish at Madonna University?

  • 100% of Madonna Spanish program graduates are employed in their fields within a year upon graduation
  • Within one year into and throughout the program, you will have different opportunities to engage in interactions with speakers of Spanish in a variety of places inside and outside the University and for a variety of purposes
  • The third year into the program, you will work on an undergraduate level research project where you will conduct interviews and observations of the cultural experiences of Latinos living in the U.S. and abroad
  • During the fourth year of the program, you will analyze the structures of the Spanish language and evaluate the Latino culture within the context of their communities in the Metro Detroit Area, Michigan, and the U.S.

Being able to effectively communicate in Spanish with the Spanish-speaking community in the United States and abroad is an essential skill in the 21st century workforce. The Spanish major introduces students to Spanish linguistics and sociolinguistics and provides students with different experiential and exploratory opportunities to study the Spanish language and the Latino culture within the context of the classroom and of the Latino communities in Michigan, the United States and abroad. The Spanish Major is designed to help students reach advanced levels of proficiency in Spanish in the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL) Oral Proficiency Interview (OPI).

Careers Grad School Employers of Alumni
Court Interpreter Rutgers University

Third Judicial Circuit Court / Calhoun County Circuit Court

Translator/Interpreter/ Linguist

University of Illinois

Metropolitan Interpreters and Translators (Metlang) / Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) /Central Intelligence Agency (CIA)

International Relations/International Law

Northeastern University Department of Homeland Security/ Department of Energy

Foreign Diplomat/ Foreign Service Officers (FSO)

George Washington University U.S. Department of State

National Security Agent/ Immigration Officer / State Department Special Agent

University of San Francisco United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS)/ U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE)

Importer-Exporter / Marketing / Foreign Exchange Trader / International Banking Officer U.S. representative for foreign company

Michigan State University GM/ P&G / Market Strategies International

International and Local Account Manager

Colorado State University Pearson Packaging Systems

Local and Foreign Correspondent

Escuela de Estudios Superiores y Universitarios, Spain Freelance

Airport personnel

Cornell University Detroit Metropolitan Wayne County Airport (DTW)
Katherine LuberKatherine Luber,

Why did you choose Madonna University?
When I was looking at potential colleges, one of the top qualities on my list was the "feel" of the school. Did it seem welcoming? How were the class sizes and student body? After touring Madonna, I knew it was a good fit for me. Everyone I met, from faculty to staff to students, was friendly and helpful.

What do you think makes the experience and education at Madonna special?
I truly believe that one of the most valuable aspects of my Madonna experience was the connections I was able to make with others. Both of my areas of study had small programs, and I was quickly able to develop relationships with my professors and classmates. Having smaller classes also gave me a lot of flexibility to explore what I was interested in. I was able to do service learning, conduct research and give presentations at conferences, and to do so with the support and involvement of my professors. Even two years after graduating, I still keep in contact with my Madonna family.

What have you been doing since graduation, career wise?
I have yet to settle on a career path, so to speak, but the broadness of my education has helped me fit into the various roles I have had. I worked for a short time as a paraprofessional at a middle school with many English language learners, providing support to Spanish speaking students in their English and Reading classes. I also worked at a law firm as a bilingual legal advocate, working closely with clients as they navigated through their cases. Currently I work as a report developer for a background screening company.

How has your Madonna degree played a role in your current position?
The skills that I learned at Madonna have been applicable in many respects. I learned about business and professional writing, organizational and group communication, and business Spanish, all of which have benefitted me at various positions I have held.

What has been your most rewarding personal or professional experience since graduating?
Being able to successfully work with Spanish speaking clients in a legal capacity was immensely gratifying for me. It was a job that came with a big learning curve, as I had to familiarize myself with the terminology and expectations from clients - and do so in two languages! After working in that role, I felt confident in the training I had received at Madonna, and exceedingly grateful for all the conversational practice I had to do. Personally, it has also been satisfying to know that I do have the freedom to explore different career opportunities and to move basically anywhere in the nation, as Spanish is an increasingly important language to know.

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