Undergraduate Certificate in Spanish

Develop the language and interpersonal skills to navigate the Spanish-speaking world with the Undergraduate Certificate in Spanish in Temple University’s College of Liberal Arts. Lay the groundwork for proficiency with highly interactive classes that build oral communication, reading comprehension and written expression. Whether you begin in the Spanish Basic I course or in a more advanced level, this certificate can fit into your undergraduate degree. 

With more than 500 million Spanish speakers in the modern world, students who earn the Certificate in Spanish have a competitive advantage in the global job market. Increase your problem-solving competencies and gain invaluable cultural capital by immersing yourself in the historical, linguistic and literary aspects of Spanish-speaking communities.

The 20-credit Undergraduate Certificate in Spanish program prepares graduates for careers in the public and private sectors, working in an array of professional areas that include education and international relations. Additionally, students with this certificate pursue graduate studies in law school, medical school and other professional degree programs. 

Classes & Curriculum

Students have four years to satisfy the requirements of the Certificate in Spanish, which is awarded at the completion of your bachelor’s program. It cannot be awarded as a stand-alone program of study or after completion of your bachelor’s degree.

The curriculum requires six Spanish language courses. Students may begin the certificate at any of our 1000-level courses. The program culminates in the completion of the Composition course and a 3000-level elective in a topic such as professional Spanish (criminal justice, healthcare or businesss), culture, film or literature.

The 20-credit program curriculum includes the following five core courses.

  • Basic I and II
  • Intermediate
  • Conversational Review
  • Composition

Learn more about Spanish Certificate (Undergraduate) program requirements.

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Speaking more than one language can set you apart in today’s global job market. It can increase your marketability and opportunities for career advancement and promotion. Bilingual professionals can communicate with a larger population and help increase an employer’s competitive edge. According to the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages, acquisition of a second language may help improve standardized test scores, and it may improve memory and problem-solving skills.

Additionally, studying a language and its culture can help you develop empathy and global thinking. It can broaden your perspective and help you cultivate a greater understanding of people and, in turn, the world. The critical skills gained from learning a foreign language are directly applicable to today’s rapidly diversifying world and can be used across all fields and disciplines.

Graduates of the Spanish Undergraduate Certificate program are prepared for careers in the following areas.

  • Education
  • Government agencies
  • Healthcare
  • Social work
  • Tourism and hospitality

Tuition & Fees

The tuition for this Certificate is based on school or college of your major, program degree level (undergraduate or graduate), course load (full- or part-time), in-state or out-of-state residency, and more. You can view the full Cost of Attendance breakdown on the Student Financial Services website.