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Hispanic Studies

First Destination Data
Alumni Career Paths
What to do with a degree in Hispanic Studies
Hispanic Studies Web Sites
Graduate School Information


The program in Hispanic Studies, within the Department of Romance Studies, promotes not only communication skills, but also an understanding of the various cultural contexts through interdisciplinary explorations of texts. Literature, film, history, politics, gender studies, among other topics, lead to a broad understanding of issues facing Hispanic communities at home and abroad.

Students are prepared to pursue careers in a wide range of fields where effective communication is essential, including those in which they will have contact with Spanish speakers and/or Hispanic cultures, in this country and globally.  Graduates go on to pursue graduate study or work in fields such as education, law, medicine, business, international relations, and social services.

The program web link also contains career-related resources such as the Spanish Club, events on and off campus, and study abroad.

First Destination Data 

The Hiatt Center is pleased to provide a list of organizations, titles and fields of alumni who majored in your discipline. Click here to download a sortable spreadsheet listing the first destination graduate programs and employment opportunities that Hispanic Studies alumni from the classes of 2008-2012 secured within six months of graduation.

The diverse list is indicative of the wealth of transferable skills students cultivate as a Hispanic Studies major at Brandeis.

Hispanic Studies Alumni

The Hiatt Center is pleased to provide a list of organizations, titles and fields of alumni who majored in your discipline. The list represents a wide array of professions, which is indicative of the wealth of transferable skills students cultivate as a Hispanic Studies major at Brandeis.

Year Company Title Industry
2012 Accenture Analyst Consulting
2012 New Arts Center Connections Program Coordinator Museum
2010 National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases Postbaccalaureate Intramural Research Fellow Research
2010 AIDS Action Committee of MA Youth Communications Coordinator/MA Promise Fello Social Services
2010 Boston Veterinary Care Client Liaison Healthcare
2009 Schuler Scholar Program Scholar Adviser Education
2009 Law Office of John Sheehan Bilingual Paralegal Law
2008 Hospital for Special Surgery Data Analyst Healthcare
2008 Morpheus Media Associate Account Strategist Marketing/ Advertising


Jewish Board of Family & Children’s Services Executive Administrative Assistant Social Service


Morpheus Media Associate Account Strategist Advertising
2008 IDC Research Analyst Finance & Banking
2005 Brownsville Middle School Spanish Teacher Education

What to Do with a Degree in Hispanic Studies 

In addition to you coursework, internships can be extremely beneficial as you develop academic and professional skills.  The Brandeis Internship Exchange is an easy and convenient online tool for you to find and share real internship opportunities.  Just log on with your UNET ID and use the advanced search to identify majors' internships.

You may wish to explore the career information related to degrees in international studies and the study of foreign languages.

Hispanic Studies Web Sites

Graduate School Information and Resources

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Skills, Abilities & Knowledge

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Your program of study at Brandeis University provides both field-specific knowledge and a broad range of transferable skills, abilities and knowledge that are sought after by all employers in all fields and enhance your experience and success in the world of work. To identify additional skills and abilities you have developed through coursework, activities and work, take TypeFocus.


  • Speaking — Talking to others to convey information effectively.
  • Reading Comprehension — Understanding written sentences and paragraphs.
  • Active Listening — Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate.
  • Critical Thinking — Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
  • Learning Strategies — Selecting and using training/instructional methods and procedures appropriate for the situation when learning or teaching new things.
  • Writing — Communicating effectively in writing as appropriate for the needs of the audience.
  • Active Learning — Understanding the implications of new information for both current and future problem-solving and decision-making.
  • Social Perceptiveness — Being aware of others' reactions and understanding why they react as they do.
  • Monitoring — Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action.


  • Oral Expression — The ability to communicate information and ideas in speaking so others will understand.
  • Speech Clarity — The ability to speak clearly so others can understand you.
  • Written Comprehension — The ability to read and understand information and ideas presented in writing.
  • Oral Comprehension — The ability to listen to and understand information and ideas presented through spoken words and sentences.
  • Written Expression — The ability to communicate information and ideas in writing so others will understand.
  • Speech Recognition — The ability to identify and understand the speech of another person.
  • Inductive Reasoning — The ability to combine pieces of information to form general rules or conclusions (includes finding a relationship among seemingly unrelated events).
  • Deductive Reasoning — The ability to apply general rules to specific problems to produce answers that make sense.
  • Problem Sensitivity — The ability to tell when something is wrong or is likely to go wrong. It does not involve solving the problem, only recognizing there is a problem.


  • Communications
  • Geography
  • History and archaeology
  • Multiple languages
  • Philosophy
  • Psychology
  • Sociology

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Sample of Possible Occupations

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FBI Agent
Investment Analyst
Advertising Manager
Advertising Copywriter
Finance Director
Laboratory Technician
Air Traffic Assistant
Financial Planning Assoc
Foreign Diplomat
Library Technician
Art Dealer
Foreign Correspondent
Foreign Exchange Trader
Media Specialist
Banking Correspondent
Foreign Service Officer
Bilingual Officers/Clerks/Tellers
Foreign Service Peacekeeper
Multi-Lingual Port Receptionist
Bilingual Educator
Foreign Service Specialist
Museum Curator
Foreign Social Worker
Civil Service Employee
National Security Agent
Commercial Loan Officer
Human Resources Director
Computer Systems Designer
Overseas Personnel Manager
Intelligence Researcher
Overseas Plant Manager

Cultural Attaché
International Banking Officer
Cultural Officer
International Conference Planner
Pharmaceutical Rep.
Customs /Immigration Officer
International Consultant
Drug Enforcement Agent
International Hotel Admin.
Police Officer
International Trade Economist
International Trade Specialist
Production Supervisor
Travel Agent Tour Organizer
Scientific Translator/Interpreter
Senior Credit Analyst
Public Health Administrator
Transport Equipment Manager
Sports Agent
Publishing Specialist
Travel Writer
Quality Control Supervisor
UNESCO Official
Telecommunications Sales
Radio/TV Announcer
TESO/ESL Teacher
Theme Designer
Scientific Linguist
Intelligence Specialist
Court Interpreter
International Account Manager
Peace Corps Volunteer

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