Romance and Classical Studies
Graduate Studies in Spanish: Alumni Careers
“The United States is extraordinarily diverse in terms of the number of languages spoken. According to the 2010 Census, over 300 languages are spoken here, and the number of speakers of many non-English languages is on the rise. Between the Census reports of 1990 and 2000, the Spanish-speaking population grew 62%, the Chinese-speaking population grew by 53%, the number of Vietnamese speakers doubled, the Russian-speaking population grew by 191%, and Arabic speakers’ numbers increased by 73%.” (Beaudrie, Ducar & Potowski, forthcoming).
These numbers attest to the growing demand in the United States for people in every career track to have fluency in languages and an ability to relate to diverse cultures. Graduates of BGSU’s Spanish MA program can meet that demand. Keep reading below to hear from alumni about how their Spanish graduate experiences have contributed to their current career track.
“Studying abroad in Alcalá de Henares, Spain, with the AYA program and deciding to pursue a Master of Arts degree in Spanish at Bowling Green State University have been the two most influential and beneficial decisions I have made in starting my professional career. I have easily stood out among job candidates in the field of foreign language education, and I have been fortunate enough to receive multiple job offers from which I was able to choose my preferred position on two separate occasions. My M.A. degree in Spanish has qualified me to teach upper level high school courses with confidence, it has also qualified me to teach high school/university dual enrollment courses, and to apply for positions in a much wider range of educational institutions. I have been fortunate enough to enjoy the luxury of choice in a difficult job market strictly due to my preparation from BGSU.”
--Megan B. High School Spanish Teacher
“During the BGSU MA program, I learned that I was not only interested in being a study abroad student myself, but also in helping other students navigate their own study abroad experiences. The academic expertise, linguistic ability, teaching skills, and cultural competence that I gained through the BGSU MA program made me a competitive candidate for jobs and further studies. Since starting my career in international education, I have had the opportunity to teach and do research abroad and I have also worked with students, faculty, and administrators to develop study abroad programs around the world.”
--Erica F., Study Abroad Coordinator
“BGSU’s MA program is a gem. I was able to live and study abroad for an entire year. My Spanish improved tenfold and I came back a more mature and independent person ready for a global market place/bicultural non-profit work environment….As a person who has gone on to a doctoral program, the qualifying essays for my MA at BGSU increased my abilities and my confidence in self-driven academic work and performance."
--Trudie C.M., (former) AmeriCorps VISTA, (current) PhD student in Second Language Acquisition
“The invaluable experience as a T.A. gave me the confidence and experience that my current employer was looking for when they hired me. Each and every one of my classes opened my mind to different works, theories and ideas that inspired me. Finally, the abroad experience solidified my language competency to where I felt comfortable being in front of a group of students.”
--John T., University Spanish Lecturer
“After graduating from BGSU, I taught English as a Fulbright English Teaching Assistant, and later applied to a graduate program in Speech-Language Pathology. My studies at BGSU and in Mexico gave me a strong foundation to become a competent bilingual therapist working to help English Language Learners and their families.”
– Brandon B., Speech-Language Clinician
“This program really opens doors. The study abroad opportunity, the one-on-one interaction with engaging and distinguished faculty, and the push to pursue individual academic interests all made for excellent training. I felt extremely prepared starting my PhD."
–Matthew B., PhD student
“BGSU has influenced every step I've taken in my career track…When I graduated from BG, I worked as an executive at Target. One of the reasons they hired me was that I had strong analysis skills from the work I had been doing on my thesis…About a year later I started working as a study abroad advisor. Clearly my experience in Spain put me in an ideal position to be the expert advisor for students seeking Spanish-speaking programs…After that, I went back to school to study survey research methodology…I ended up in educational research, and my experience at BG has helped me in some meaningful ways…I often check the translations of the surveys we use…and have conducted focus groups with Spanish-speaking parents in their native language. This is invaluable in my research since the parents are able to discuss the difficulties they have navigating their children's schools, who often have limited resourced to help non-English-speaking populations.”
–Clarissa S., Survey Researcher
"Doing the Masters in Spanish program at BGSU was one of the best decisions I ever made. The year in Spain was essential in sharpening my Spanish skills and provided a wonderful cultural experience in addition to making lifelong friends. The year at BG was just as memorable as I formed relationships with excellent professors who cared about their students, and I had a myriad of learning experiences that helped prepare me for my current position… Also, all of the material covered over the two years of the program stretched my horizons and is very applicable to my job today.”
--Deanna N.R., High School Spanish Teacher
"Overall, my experience abroad not only provided a rich foundation for the second year of my M.A. studies back in Ohio, but it has proved to be an extremely valuable life lesson."
--Ryan C., Accreditation Coordinator
For additional information on opportunities for Spanish/English Bilinguals in the United States, click here.