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    Spanish at UW-L

    • Multiple degree options in Spanish
      • Major in Spanish (30 credits)
      • Major in Spanish with Business Concentration (30 credits in Spanish and 24 credits in business)
      • Minor in Spanish (18 credits)
      • International Studies Minor with an emphasis in Latin American Studies

    Why learn Spanish?

    • Spanish is a language of critical importance in the United States in any career
    • Spanish is the native language of approximately 410 million people, and is spoken by approximately 470 million people worldwide
    • Spanish is second only to Mandarin Chinese in the number of native speakers
    • Spanish is the third most common language on the internet
    • Spanish is the second most studied language in the world
    • Spanish is the second language of international communication
    • Spanish is one of the six official languages of the United Nations
    • Spanish is an official language of the European Union and of Mercosur
    • The United States is the world's second-largest Spanish speaking country with approximately 50 million native and non-native speakers of Spanish
    • Mexico is the largest Spanish-speaking country with over 110 million speakers
    • Spain is the third-largest Spanish speaking country (46 million), and the second-largest when considering only native speakers
    • Spanish is a good language to study due to its lexical similarity to other Romance languages (lexical similarity is 89% with Portuguese, 85% with Catalan, 82% with Italian, 76% with Sardinian, 75% with French, and 71% with Romanian)