Graduate & Professional Program Preparation

Graduate + professional study

A degree in Spanish or Portuguese prepares you for entry into graduate programs in a wide variety of fields, including area studies, foreign languages and literatures, history, anthropology, politics, religious studies, international studies, or business. If you use your undergraduate years to identify, combine, and coordinate your interests, your Spanish or Portuguese B.A. degree will be of benefit when you move forward in nearly any field.

As an undergraduate, you have the opportunity to work closely with department faculty members who can offer advice about opportunities for graduate and professional study. They can also provide you with the letters of recommendation you’ll need to apply to advanced degree programs. Cultivate a positive professional relationship with your teachers by making a practice of attending office hours early in your academic career.

With careful planning, and in consultation with the Health Professions and Prelaw Center, you could also prepare to enter law school, medical school, or other programs in the health professions. Second language and culture skills can be of immense benefit in these professions.

Students who pursue graduate studies in Spanish and Portuguese have gone into careers with top academic and research institutions, the United Nations, the World Bank, non-governmental organizations, media, private entrepreneurship, and the military and intelligence communities.

I just completed a global health research fellowship through the National Institutes of Health for which I spent the year in Lima, Peru, working on projects in rehabilitation and trauma quality improvement. The facility with the language and the interest in Latin America that I gained through studying in the department have been a large part of my motivation to pursue a career in global health and allowed me to successfully work with Peruvian collaborators. My experience with the IU's linguistics classes gave me the competence to appropriately translate and transcribe qualitative interviews with hospital personnel. I look forward to continuing to use these skills as a physician both domestically and abroad.

Kelly Kuntz, B.A. 2015