Program Overview

The undergraduate certificate in workplace Spanish enables students to develop a practical foundation (intermediate-level proficiency) in Spanish with basic vocabulary and cultural competency critical to serving Arkansas’s growing Spanish-speaking population. The 15-hour, interdisciplinary program is designed for students planning careers in the service professions. While the certificate does not lead to certification as an interpreter or translator, the certificate may be combined with the Spanish minor or major, and its courses can also apply to these programs.

Required Courses (18 hours)

In addition to the courses listed below, a three-hour interdisciplinary area studies course (3000/4000-level) is required for completion of the certificate program. The content of this course, to be taken in a discipline outside of Spanish, must relate to Spanish-speaking cultures. To count towards the certificate, the course must be approved by the Chair of the Department of World Languages (esfinzer@ualr.edu).

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Required Spanish Courses

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Prerequisite: SPAN 1312 or equivalent proficiency. The intermediate course leads to a greater facility in the spoken language and to more advanced reading skills. Three credit hours.

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SPAN 2311 Intermediate Spanish 1

3 credit hours

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Prerequisite: SPAN 2311 or equivalent proficiency. Continued development of essential speaking, listening, reading, and writing skills through the study of discipline-related vocabulary and appropriate content knowledge ...

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SPAN 2313 Intermediate Spanish 2

3 credit hours

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Prerequisite or co-requisite: SPAN 2313 or equivalent proficiency. Practice listening and speaking in formal and informal settings, leading to expanded vocabulary, greater accuracy and fluency in the spoken language and ...

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SPAN 3313 Conversation and Presentation for Spanish

3 credit hours

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Prerequisite or co-requisite: SPAN 2313 or equivalent. Practice reading and writing in common styles. Leads to greater control of specific grammatical and syntactic structures, expanded vocabulary, ability to self-edit a...

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SPAN 3314 Writing for Spanish

3 credit hours

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Prerequisite: SPAN 2313 or equivalent. Students refine their language skills and learn to express themselves more accurately through intensive translation practice in both Spanish-to-English and English-to-Spanish. Three...

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SPAN 3315 Translation Studies

3 credit hours

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Admission Requirements

Students who wish to pursue this program must have taken SPAN 1311 Elementary Spanish I and SPAN 1312 Elementary Spanish 2 or have the equivalent proficiency. If a student has advanced coursework or proficiency, it is possible to enter the certificate program at a higher level than SPAN 2311 Intermediate Spanish and to receive retroactive credit for SPAN 2311 and/or SPAN 2313 Intermediate Spanish 2. Contact the Chair of the Department of World Languages (esfinzer@ualr.edu) for more information.

Graduation Requirements

Students must obtain a final grade of C or better in all required courses in order to successfully complete this program.

Program Advisor

Dr. Erin Finzer | 501.569.3272 | esfinzer@ualr.edu
Chair of World Languages, Associate Professor of Spanish

Department of World Languages website

Accreditation

UALR is fully accredited by the Higher Learning Commission, affiliated with the Electronic Campus of the Southern Regional Education Board, and designated as “doctoral/research intensive” by the Carnegie Foundation.

Disabilities

UALR makes every effort to meet special accommodation and access needs. For information on specific accommodations for individuals with disabilities, you may contact the department sponsoring the class you wish to attend, call eLearning at 501.569.3003 or the Office of Disability Support Services at 501.569.3143. The Disability Support Services website, ualr.edu/disability/, provides information about the accommodation process and online forms to apply for services.

  • Cost per credit hour: $280