Professional Language Certificate Program

Maida Watson, Associate Professor, Modern Languages

Certificate Description: The Professional Language Certificate is a fifteen-credit course of study designed to offer degree-seeking students, specialization in foreign languages applicable to various professional endeavors. The certificate program is divided into separate tracks specified by language and application.

For all students, the certificate represents a way to gain specialized language knowledge, For students pursuing a degree, the certificate should be understood as a complement to the student's major area of study. Total Credit Required in One Track: 15 semester hours. A grade of "C" or better is required for all courses (C- is not acceptable).

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Spanish for Business Track:

Prerequisite Courses: Before entering the certificate program, the student must have completed the following course or demonstrated an equivalent language proficiency through examination.

SPN 2200 Intermediate Spanish 3

(Non-native speakers)

I. Required Courses: At least 15 semester hours of courses from the following certificate program course listing, or others approved by the certificate program advisor.

SPN 2201 Intermediate Spanish II (Non-native speakers) 3


SPN 2340 Intermediate Spanish for Native Speakers 3
SPN 3301 Review Grammar/Writing (Non-native speakers) 3


SPN 2341 Accelerated Intermediate Spanish for Native Speakers 3
SPN 3440 Spanish Business Composition/Correspondence 3

II. Elective Courses: With program advisor’s approval, a maximum of 6 credits may be taken from the following lists, with no more than 3 credits from Section A and 3 credits from Section B. This is a partial list: depending upon specific course content, other courses in International Business, Finance, Marketing, etc., may apply. Students consult the certificate advisor regarding additional courses.

Section A (maximum of 3 credits)

SPN 3422 Advanced Grammar and Composition I 3
SPN 4520 Spanish American Culture 3
SPN 4500 Spanish Culture 3
SPT 4807 Practica in Business Translation 3

Section B (maximum of 3 credits)

ECS 3402 The Political Economy of South America 3
ECS 3403 Economics of Latin America 3
FIN 4604 International Financial Management 3
MAN 4600 International Management 3
MAN 4660 Business in Latin America 3