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Spanish at Hope College


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¡Bienvenidos! Welcome!

The liberal arts experience at Hope College seeks to help each student grow as a competent, creative, and compassionate person. Such a focus prepares students well for vocations or further studies. Business and industry, professional schools, and government agencies are increasingly emphasizing that a broad base of studies in the liberal arts is the most significant vocational preparation an undergraduate college can offer. As such, mastering a second language will open a world of possibilities to you! We hope you join us!

Here are seven great reasons to learn Spanish:

Spanish is the second language in the United States. Already one quarter of the American population speaks the language. A percentage that continues to increase annually in every single state.

  • As a student, you will be able to study abroad and expand your vision of the world.
  • We live in multicultural communities. By becoming fluent in Spanish you will be able to be a part of and participate in both local and international affairs.
  • Needless to say, speaking Spanish will enhance your resume making you an asset to any company. Globalization and technology are eliminating cultural and social borders. A bilingual employee has better work opportunities and is more likely to succeed in the corporate world.
  • Studying a foreign language will improve your English grammar and develop your interpretive skills.
  • You will develop a deeper appreciation of philosophy, literature and the arts by learning a second language as all our courses are geared towards giving students a wider appreciation of all aspects of culture and society.
  • Moreover, by learning Spanish, you will be able to understand some of the basic grammar and vocabulary of other romance languages such as French, Italian, and Portuguese. Once you have mastered Spanish, then studying a third Romance language will become a lot easier as all these languages share structures and vocabulary.