new Spanish major
By Scott Bigelow
the first time, students at The University of North Carolina at Pembroke
can declare Spanish as their major.
This spring, students
can major or minor in Spanish language. A teacher certification program
in Spanish education is also available.
Last year, North
Carolina was second only to Georgia in the growth rate of its Spanish-speaking
population, and the time is right to offer a major in Spanish, said
Dr. Liliana Wendorff, Coordinator of Spanish languages at UNCP.
population in the U.S. is growing," Dr. Wendorff said. "And
we need to be able to communicate with them."
UNCP is offering
15 Spanish classes, ranging from heritage, language, literature and
linguistics. Spanish is UNCP's only language major, and it is part of
the Department of English, Languages and Theatre Arts.
Because U.S. trade
and business with Mexico, Central America and South America is growing
and because of the growing demand for Spanish teachers and translators,
there are good job prospects for UNCP's new Spanish majors and minors.
becoming an important tool, and there are many jobs that favor those
with degrees in Spanish," said Professor Enrique Porrua. "A
degree in Spanish is academic proof that you can speak Spanish and proof
that you can communicate."
Freshmen Paul Leone
of Connecticut and Somia Beckford of Durham, N.C., are two of the 10
students who have declared Spanish as a major or minor this semester.
"I want to
join the Peace Corps after I graduate and go to a country in South America,
and this will help," Leone said.
"I'm not sure
what I'll do with the degree yet, but I love the language," Beckford
said. "Maybe I could translate for the government."
UNC Pembroke's Office
of International Programs is offering several travel and study abroad
programs in Spain and Mexico over the summer and next semester.
that international exposure will help other language programs on campus
grow because business is becoming more international, and it becomes
increasingly important to communicate with diverse people," Dr.
For more information
about Spanish at UNCP, please contact Dr. Wendorff at 910.521.6434 or
For information on travel or student abroad programs, please contact
the Office of International Programs at 910.521.6506
or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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