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Spanish Overview

Teacher • Translator • Study Abroad Advisor • Bilingual Assistant • Customer Representative • Court & School Mediator • Foreign Service Worker • Technical / Media Writer • Editor • Proofreader • Court Reporter • Research Analyst • Consultant, Health Care Representative / Patient Advocate • Personal Banker • Manager, Linguist

You will be interested in a Spanish minor if you want to teach or work in a multicultural environment. A Spanish minor can also prepare you for graduate school in many fields.

You will be interested in a Spanish Translation Certificate if you have advanced Spanish proficiency and plan to pursue a translation career. This curriculum will prepare you for the American Translators Association (ATA) certification. You can also pursue this certificate if you wish to communicate more effectively in a multilingual work environment.

A Spanish minor consists of 20 total credit hours. By completing a minor in Spanish, you will:

  • Gain broad knowledge pertaining to the history and culture of Spain as well as Latin America.
  • Achieve competence in the four areas of language learning and acquisition: writing, reading, understanding, and speaking.
  • Gain an understanding of topics such as the literature, history, popular culture, art, and social issues of the Spanish-speaking world.
  • Apply what you have learned in the classroom by living in a Spanish-speaking country, interning in a Spanish speaking environment, or taking part in a similar immersion experience.

The Translation Certificate Program
This is a five-course sequence that will provide you with training to translate from Spanish into English. You will also gain some familiarity with oral interpretation, and you will have the opportunity to complete an internship.

You can seek admission to the Translation Certificate program if you have completed at least third-year college Spanish classes, or if you have native or near-native reading and writing proficiency in Spanish and English. A placement exam and an interview with the Program Director are also required to complete the admission process.

Translation workshops are open to all qualified students, including native and heritage speakers. Enrollment in a degree program is not necessary for these classes.


  1. SPA 150 and SPA 151 can be used to fulfill general education requirements. Credit earned for SPA 150 and 151 cannot be applied toward a Spanish minor.
  2. Advanced Placement and CLEP credit in Spanish can be applied toward the elective hours needed to complete a minor. You can receive up to 12 hours of credit. A language proficiency exam is required to be placed in courses SPA 250 and above; this is administered by the Program Director.
  3. If you are placed into SPA 350 Advanced Grammar and Composition, you must still complete the 20 credits required for a minor in Spanish; you will not receive credit for SPA 250 or SPA 251.
  4. Spanish 300- and 400-level courses are taught online.
  5. First-hand Language Experience
    You will find that you will get the most out of your language program if you take every opportunity to speak Spanish and to immerse yourself in Spanish-speaking cultures. You can earn Spanish credit while studying overseas through Marygrove’s Study Abroad program. Work and volunteer abroad opportunities, summer jobs, and work/study placements can also put you in touch with Spanish-speaking people. To earn a Spanish minor, you are encouraged to participate in an approved study abroad program in a Spanish-speaking country, or approved equivalent.
  6. Students are strongly advised to sit for the Diploma de Español como Lengua Extranjera – Certificado Inicial exam, though they are not required to pass the exam in order to earn a minor in Spanish.