Improve your communication skills for job markets both inside and beyond the United States by pursuing a certificate in Spanish for business and the professions.

Through the undergraduate certificate program in Spanish for business and the professions at University of Maryland University College, you'll benefit from a combination of language and professional study that will build a foundation to enhance your résumé and prepare you to work and communicate in a variety of Spanish-speaking environments.

You'll be equipped to work with unique client populations, and you'll have the opportunity to network with clients and representatives from real companies during your courses. This program is ideal for military servicemembers as well as those who are in a professional or social setting where Spanish is often spoken.

This certificate is not intended for students who already have native or near-native ability in Spanish. E-mail languages@umuc.edu for additional information on course content and eligibility.

About the Spanish for Business and the Professions Undergraduate Certificate

In your online Spanish classes, you'll not only learn the language but also explore contexts and practices specific to the Spanish-speaking world. You'll use your knowledge of diverse business cultures to communicate and interact effectively in a business environment.

What You'll Learn

Through your coursework, you will learn how to

  • Speak, read, write, and comprehend Spanish, applying the language to a variety of real-life social situations in a culturally appropriate way
  • Use your knowledge of diverse business cultures to communicate and interact effectively in a business environment about topics such as management, human resources, cultural issues in the workplace, and economic conditions in various Spanish-speaking countries and/or areas of the United States

Coursework Examples

In past projects, students have had the opportunity to

  • Read about and discuss aspects of the business world in the United States, Spain, and Latin America
  • Create a résumé and other job search documents in Spanish
  • Give a professional presentation in Spanish
  • Create a marketing portfolio for a real product or service, featuring a cost/benefit analysis, a description of the clientele, a report on the history of the service or product in the market, and an advertising and marketing plan

Spanish for Business and the Professions 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

  • Four courses in intermediate or upper-level Spanish chosen from the following:
    • SPAN 211
    • SPAN 212
    • Any 300- or 400-level SPAN courses taught in Spanish
  • One of the following 4-credit courses in Spanish:
    • SPAN 418
    • SPAN 419

Overall Certificate Requirements

  • To pursue a certificate program, you must be admitted as a UMUC student.
  • You must complete all undergraduate certificate coursework within two years of enrolling in your first certificate course.
  • You are responsible for notifying UMUC of your intention to complete certificate work before completion of your last course.
  • You can pursue a degree and certificate simultaneously or pursue a degree after completing the certificate, but you must apply for a certificate before you are awarded the bachelor’s degree.
  • If you apply for your certificate after your degree has been awarded, you may be required to complete additional coursework for the certificate. Contact your academic advisor for more information.
  • 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 can be earned through credit by examination, Prior Learning portfolio credit, internship/Workplace Learning credit, or transfer credit from other schools.
  • Certificates consisting primarily of upper-level coursework may assume prior study in that area. Check prerequisites for certificate courses. Prerequisites for certificate courses can be satisfied by coursework, credit by examination, or Prior Learning portfolio credit, under current policies for such credit.
  • At least half of the total credits for any certificate must be earned through graded coursework.
  • You must complete all required coursework for the certificate with a minimum grade of C (2.0) in all courses for an undergraduate certificate. Certificate courses cannot be taken pass/fail.


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