Advanced Spanish Language and Hispanic Cultural Studies, Post-Baccalaureate Certificate

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In addition to the application materials required by the Graduate School, applicants to the Post-Baccalaureate Certificate in Advanced Spanish Language and Hispanic Cultural Studies must provide the following:

  • 500-word essay in Spanish describing their professional goals and motivation for pursuing graduate work in the certificate.
  • 3-to 5-minute unscripted digital audio file (.wav or .mp3 format) in Spanish to introduce themselves and describe their academic or equivalent preparation to pursue advanced proficiency in Spanish.
  • 5-to 10-page sample of professional or academic analytical writing in English or Spanish.

Applicants to the certificate program are expected to demonstrate at a minimum an “intermediate high” proficiency in Spanish by appropriate course work, by a personal interview with the faculty, or by an officially recognized testing procedure such as that of the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages.

Certificate Program Requirements

Required: 15 credit hours

Select 15 credits from the following:15
Selected Topics in Spanish Cultures, Literatures, and Films
Selected Topics in Latin American Cultures, Literatures, and Films
Selected Topics in U.S. Latino/Latina Cultural Studies
Selected Topics in Hispanic Linguistics
Studies in Film Genre
Seminar in Hispanic Linguistics 1
Special Topics in Spanish Language and/or Literature 2
Directed Study
Second Language Acquisition
Community-Based Service Learning
Methods of Teaching Modern Languages 3
Total Credit Hours15

May be repeated for credit when topic varies.


May be selected twice, once when the topic is Advanced Grammar Review and again when the topic is Advanced Phonetics. Not accepted for transfer to the M.A. in Languages, Literatures, and Cultures with a concentration in Spanish or the M.Ed. in Teacher Education with a concentration in Spanish.


Required for students with a master's degree in another field who enroll in the certificate as a credential for college-level teaching.

Additional Information

Upon completion of the certificate, the graduate faculty will conduct an interview in Spanish with the student.