Because of the growth of the Hispanic population in the United States and growing awareness of the importance of foreign language in the "global village" there is a large demand for Spanish speakers in all professional areas. The Spanish curriculum seeks to give you the skills to satisfy routine social demands and work requirements as well as an understanding and appreciation of Hispanic culture.
You are encouraged to earn credits by extending your learning beyond the classroom. For example, as Spanish majors your are encouraged to travel to a Spanish speaking country during the course of your study at Valley City State University. This unique experience may provide a different cultural environment and also enhance your background in the Spanish language.
VCSU has two sister universities in Mexico, the Universidad Autonoma de Baja Sur in La Paz, BCS and the Universidad Regional del Sureste in Oaxaca, Oax. VCSU also has a relationship with the Instituto Cultural de Oaxaca if you would like a summer immersion experience.
In the last five years there have been 35 student exchanges between VCSU and these two states. Eighteen VCSU students have studied in Mexico and 17 Mexican students have studied at VCSU. There have also been a number of faculty exchanges among the schools.