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    Hispanic Studies Majors Discuss Scranton Experience

    May 11, 2022

    The World Languages and Cultures Department asks a few of its seniors what it is like to major in Hispanic studies.

    "Even though I’m a native speaker, I realized I needed improvement in writing and speaking Spanish more professionally."- Katia Ramirez

    katia-r.jpegKatia Ramirez is also a history major with a Latinx and Latin American studies concentration. When talking about her reason for pursuing a Hispanic studies major, Ramirez said, “Dr. Silva inspired me to become a Hispanic studies major because we connected, and while talking, she made me realize that I needed to improve my Spanish skills. Even though I’m a native speaker, I realized I needed improvement in writing and speaking Spanish more professionally.” 

     

    Emily Allen is also a biology major withemily-a.png a minor in biochemistry. When asked about her plans after graduation and how she will use her Spanish skills, Allen said, “I’m going to medical school to eventually become an emergency medicine physician where I hope to use my Spanish speaking skills and understanding of the Spanish culture. I also hope to utilize my knowledge in Spanish to help with translating and interpreting at clinics.”

     

    carolina-m.jpgCarolina Murphy is also a finance major with a minor in business leadership. When talking about how she plans to use her language studies major, Murphy said, “I have a job in corporate finance at Vanguard where I will analyze the different department's resources and make financial plans.

    Vanguard is a very large employer with a diverse workforce. They have resources such as a Hispanic organization where I look forward to sharing and continuing to build my skills in Spanish.”

     

    julia-s.jpgJulia Snyder is also a business communication major. When asked what was her favorite language course and why, Snyder said, “Spanish Composition (SPAN 312) because I truly enjoyed reading the different articles and novels in Spanish. I was also able to improve my Spanish conversation and writing skills.”

     

    "Languages can help (students) explore the world and different cultures, study abroad and make new connections."- Crysta O’Donnell

    crysta-o.pngCrysta O’Donnell is also an international studies major with a minor in French and a concentration in Latin American studies. When asked why one should someone study another language, O’Donnell said, “All students should take advantage of the language courses offered here, because languages can help them explore the world and different cultures, study abroad and make new connections.” O’Donnell will also utilize her Spanish skills next year as a Fulbright English Teaching Assistant in Andorra teaching English to students aged 12 to 18 years old.

    If you have any questions about the World Languages and Cultures Department’s Hispanic studies program or are interested in learning about other language majors/minors offered by the department,  be sure to check out the department’s Instagram, Facebook and Twitter or email Hannah Jackson at hannah.jackson@scranton.edu.

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