Spanish for the Professions

Spanish for the Professions, Certificate

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Spanish for the Professions, Certificate


Develop communication skills and cultural knowledge to serve the needs of the U.S. Latino community in professional settings.


The series of courses in this 18 credit hour certificate will help students hone Spanish communication skills and cultural knowledge so they may serve the needs of the U.S.-Latino community in professional settings (i.e., education, social work, health care, criminology, journalism). This certificate is open to ASU students and to the community at large. The combination of professionally focused courses and practical experience in this program will enhance students' professional preparation for employment in positions that require advanced proficiency in Spanish and an in-depth understanding of U.S.-Latino culture.

At a Glance
Program Requirements

Prerequisite: completion of SPA 314 or SPA 316 or SPA 317 or permission of instructor.
Spanish for the Professions certificate requires a total of 18 credit hours.
Required Courses -- 12 credit hours
Elective Courses -- 6 credit hours
Notes: SPA 300- or 400-level Spanish courses focused on the professions (e.g., health care, business, medical and legal interpretation, journalism, social work, education, legal and justice studies, sustainability, engineering and urban planning)
*Students should complete a minimum of 12 credit hours in the certificate and seek instructor approval before enrolling in SPA 484.
All courses for this certificate will require a minimum grade of "C" (2.00) or better to receive credit toward fulfilling certificate requirements.
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 Spanish Conversation and Composition for Bilinguals, or by permission of the instructor.

For additional information and to add the certificate, students should visit the school'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.

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