As our world quickly becomes one vast global village, command of a second language is vital to communication and greatly broadens career options.
Wilkes' Spanish program acknowledges the need for professional courses in non-literary translation and business and medical applications, but also embraces traditional coursework in literature and culture.
In 2013, Paola Bianco Sobejano, Ph.D., professor of foreign languages at Wilkes University, has published Conversando con literatura. Intended for advanced university Spanish language students, Conversando con literatura includes poetry, short stories and songs from a vast selection of Hispanic writers. The book is published by Panda Publications, a Wilkes-Barre, Pa.,-based publishing company founded and run by university professors.
Dr. Paola Bianco
Advanced students have the opportunity to receive a mentoring grants and work on research
on literature with department chair Dr. Paola Bianco. Dr. Bianco has published several
books and anthologies in advanced Spanish. She has also published articles in peer
review journals, magazines and newspapers in Italian and Spanish literature and culture.
Students can be placed in internships where they can use Spanish in their discipline. Students have interned in social services positions with the Victims Resource Center, Step by Step Inc., Montessori schools, free clinics, Wyoming Valley AIDS Council, medical fields and legal offices.
Many Spanish majors who also study education can graduate to teach Spanish or English
as a second language in secondary schools.
Students who double-major in pharmacy and Spanish receive a higher salary and have the opportunity to use their skill and work as pharmacists and deal with a Hispanic population.
Other alumni are using their Spanish in business or other organizations, such as Chico’s, the military, and in social services.
Students with a double major in Spanish have more opportunities to obtain a position in social services, medical field, teaching, overseas positions in government, and business.