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Spanish is a major global language, with nearly 500 million native speakers. It is also a major language in the United States, where it is spoken by over 40 million people. As the influence of Spanish-speaking cultures increases both here and worldwide, the mastery of Spanish helps open the door to several career opportunities. The Spanish program at DePaul University offers courses in language, literature, culture, linguistics, cinema, commercial Spanish and translation.
The Department of Modern Languages, the Latin American and Latino studies program, and the Center for Latino Research sponsor numerous events every year, including lectures, symposia, art exhibits, concerts, film series and poetry readings. Through these and other programs DePaul University maintains strong links to Chicago's Latino communities and encourages student to take advantage of local cultural institutions such as the Mexican Museum of National Art, the Instituto Cervantes, the Newberry Library, and UNAM Chicago. There are also various student groups for those who are interested in Latino cultures.
Students who pursue a Spanish major or minor are often those who simply love the language and cultures of the Spanish-speaking world. Many would like to work with Latino communities, are interested in furthering their career opportunities by opening themselves up to the expansive Spanish-speaking market, or are students interested in learning more about their heritage.