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Spanish for the Professions ,Certificate

Spanish for the Professions, Certificate

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Spanish for the Professions, Certificate


Classic Languages, International, Interpreter, Translation, foreign language

Develop your cultural knowledge and communication skills through this certificate program geared toward the professions.


The series of courses in this 18-credit hour certificate program helps students hone Spanish communication skills and cultural knowledge so they may serve the needs of the U.S. Latino and Latin American communities in professional settings.

The combination of professionally focused courses and practical experience in this program enhances students' professional preparation for employment in positions that require advanced proficiency in Spanish and an in-depth understanding of U.S. Latino and Latin American cultures.

At a Glance
Program Requirements

The Spanish for the professions certificate requires a total of 18 credit hours.
Prerequisite: SPA 314 or SPA 316 or SPA 317 or permission of instructor.
A grade of "C" (2.00 on a 4.00 scale) or better is required for all courses. Pass/Fail courses cannot be used.
Required Courses -- 12 credit hours
Notes: A minimum of 12 credit hours completed in this certificate and permission of the director of the Spanish for the Professions certificate is required to enroll.
Elective Courses (choose two) -- 6 credit hours
Students should complete a minimum of 12 credit hours in the certificate and seek instructor approval before enrolling in SPA 484. Email for instructor approval. For additional upper division electives consult your academic advisor.
Depending on a student's undergraduate program of study, prerequisite courses may be needed in order to complete the requirements of this certificate.

Enrollment Requirements

The prerequisites for this certificate are SPA 314 Spanish Conversation and Composition or SPA 316 Advanced Spanish II for Bilinguals or by permission of the instructor.

For additional information and to add the certificate, students should visit the college's website.

A student pursuing an undergraduate certificate must be enrolled as a degree-seeking student at ASU. Undergraduate certificates are not awarded prior to the award of an undergraduate degree. A student already holding an undergraduate degree may pursue an undergraduate certificate as a nondegree-seeking graduate student.

Career Opportunities

Students can advance their career options with an undergraduate certificate. The certificate in Spanish for the professions helps students become more marketable to employers by adding this specialization to complement their major program of study.

Students who complete this undergraduate certificate often decide to pursue employment in:

  • business
  • community interpretation
  • education
  • engineering and urban planning
  • government
  • health care services
  • legal and justice systems
  • social work
  • tourism

Students can find a comprehensive list of career opportunities at

Contact Information

What are Accelerated Programs?
Accelerated Programs allow students the opportunity to expedite the completion of their degree.

3 year programs

These programs allow students to fast-track their studies after admission and earn a bachelor’s degree in three years or fewer while participating in the same high-quality educational experience of a 4-year option. Students should talk to their academic advisor to get started.

4+1 year programs

These programs allow students to accelerate their studies by combining undergraduate with graduate coursework, which may allow them to earn a bachelor’s and a master's degree in as few as five years (for some programs).

Each program has requirements students must meet to be eligible for consideration. Acceptance to the graduate program requires a separate application. During their junior year, eligible students are advised by their academic departments to apply.
What are Concurrent Programs?
Students pursuing concurrent degrees earn two distinct degrees and receive two diplomas. ASU offers students two ways to earn concurrent degrees: by choosing a predetermined combination or creating their own combination. Predetermined combinations have a single admissions application and one easy to follow major map. To add a concurrent degree to your existing degree, work with your academic advisor. Either way, concurrent degrees allow students to pursue their own personal or professional interests.
What are Joint Programs?
Joint programs, or jointly conferred degrees, are offered by more than one college and provide opportunities for students to take advantage of the academic strengths of two academic units. Upon graduation, students are awarded one degree and one diploma conferred by two colleges.

What constitutes a New Program?
ASU adds new programs to Degree Search frequently. Come back often and look for the “New Programs” option.
What are Online Programs?
ASU Online offers programs in an entirely online format with multiple enrollment sessions throughout the year. See for more information.
What is the Western Undergraduate Exchange (WUE)?
The Western Undergraduate Exchange (WUE) is a program in which residents of western states (other than Arizona) may be eligible for reduced nonresident tuition. See more information and eligibility requirements on the Western Undergraduate Exchange (WUE) program.

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