Why Study Spanish?

To understand how the world is changing all around us:

You should learn Spanish to be able to speak with the people of over 20 countries, to do business overseas and in the U.S., to read Cervantes and Borges and Sor Juana Inés de la Cruz, to sing with Juanes and dance with Celia Cruz, to chat with your neighbors, to be a citizen of the 21st century.

To thrive in a global economy:

Today, about 350 million people speak Spanish as a native language, making it the world’s second most spoken language. It has become an essential language in the business, legal, and medical communities, and the demand for bilingual Spanish-English speakers is ever increasing in the global economy. UIC provides the perfect environment to learn Spanish and declare a Spanish major, double major, or minor.