Spanish Career & Postgraduate Opportunities Spanish and Latin American Studies majors have a real competitive advantage in a world where Spanish is spoken by about half a billion people. The U.S. is actually the third largest Spanish-speaking country in the world, with a growing population of over forty million native or heritage speakers. Scholars who study in the Modern Languages and Literatures Department find that they have been helped to think analytically, to read carefully, to express themselves well in writing and orally, and to conduct themselves with sensitivity in interpersonal and multicultural settings. Language majors have entered careers in journalism and communications, in medicine, law and business, in social welfare and education (elementary, secondary, and university levels), and in nonprofit and government agencies. They are highly employable both in the United States and overseas. Students wishing advice on postgraduate opportunities or wishing to contact alumni in fields that interest them should consult with faculty members in the department, as well as the Career Development Center.