An estimated 38 million people in the United States speak Spanish as their first language, according to a 2013 Pew Research Center report. In addition, nearly 400 million people speak Spanish worldwide, making it one of the most prevalent languages globally. Spanish is also one of the six languages of the United Nations. Given the rate of growth of this language and its speakers, obtaining a certificate in Spanish will help provide you with valuable skills and opportunity in the workforce.

About the Spanish Foreign Language Undergraduate Certificate

What You'll Learn

Through your coursework, you will learn how to

  • Develop competencies and familiarity with the basic Spanish language
  • Gain knowledge of Spanish traditions, customs, history, and culture
  • Understand how to function appropriately and effectively in Spain

Coursework Examples

In past projects, students have had the opportunity to

  • Interview a fluent Spanish speaker about a topic and then present a spoken presentation
  • Visit a historical Spanish city and learn about its history, from the early origins to the present
  • Create a timeline and annotated bibliography in the class and write a sample press release on a current Spanish topic

Spanish Foreign Language Undergraduate Certificate Requirements

Our curriculum is designed with input from employers, industry experts, and scholars. You'll learn theories combined with real-world applications and practical skills you can apply on the job right away.

Required Courses

Core Courses (12 credits)

  • SPAN 111
  • SPAN 112
  • SPAN 211
    or Spanish Area Studies course
  • SPAN 212
    or Spanish Area Studies course

Related Area Studies Courses (6 credits)

Choose from related courses in Spanish culture, history, language, literature, or government and politics

Some examples follow:

  • Any SPAN course(s)
  • SPAN 333
  • HIST 141
  • HIST 142
  • HIST 337
  • ENGL 388Q

Overall Certificate Requirements

Common Certificate Requirements

  • You must be admitted as a UMGC student.
  • You must complete a total of 18 credits, including at least 9 credits with UMGC.
  • You must complete all required coursework with a minimum grade of C (2.0) in all courses. Certificate courses may not be taken as pass/fail.
  • At least half of the total credits you use for any certificate must be earned through graded coursework.
  • You may not use the same course toward completion of more than one certificate. In cases where the same course is required for two certificates, you must replace that course with an approved substitute for the second certificate.
  • No more than half of the total credits for any certificate may be earned through credit by examination, prior-learning portfolio credit, internship/Workplace Learning credit, or transfer credit from other schools.