Is a double-major in Spanish and philosophy viable and fruitful?
March 26, 2014 8:47 AM Subscribe
Is a major in Spanish a good investment? If I buckle down and commit myself to daily study and practice (and spend one semester abroad), can I attain a decent fluency in the language? What kind of career paths could I expect? More details and questions follow.
posted by fignewton to Education (20 answers total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
This question may annoy some of you. It is of a type that is asked fairy frequently; I suppose you could categorize it under "questions regarding what to do with my life."
Here is some brief personal background. I am 24 and about to finish up my first year of undergraduate students. I've always been a bright and eager student, but circumstances prevented me from attending university until this point in my life. After high school, I moved to a big city and found a job working in a Cuban restaurant. While working there, I developed an interest in the Spanish language and culture.
My current plan is to major in Spanish. However, I'm interested in a broad range of topics, and I'm finding it impossible to stick solely to an education in here Spanish language. So I've always considered pursuing a second major in philosophy just for the sake of personal and intellectual engagement. But I'm also interested in doing a minor in studio art, again just for the sake of personal engagement and creative expression. (For reference, I'm currently taking two philosophy courses and one studio art class, all of which I very much enjoy.)
But now I'm feeling like I'm trying to overreach my capacity. Ultimately, I suppose my focus is learning Spanish, and my fear is that by taking on these other emphases of education, I'll be distracting myself from gaining true proficiency in Spanish.
Is a major in Spanish a good investment? If I buckle down and commit myself to daily study and practice (and spend one semester abroad), can I attain a decent fluency in the language? What kind of career paths could I expect? Should I drop the minor in studio art? Should I drop the second major in philosophy? Should I pick up something else entirely?
I know these are open-ended questions, but any input, especially from those with backgrounds in Spanish and philosophy, are much appreciated!