Language, History & Culture Majors

Spanish for Careers & Professionals

As a Grand View student pursuing a Spanish for Careers and Professionals major or a Spanish Essentials certificate, you’ll learn to communicate effectively in Spanish both orally and in writing. You’ll master the practical applications such as grammar, punctuation, mechanics and usage for your chosen concentration, whether that’s business, healthcare or criminal justice. You’ll also analyze and interpret a range of Hispanic literature, and through travel opportunities and involvement in the community, you’ll develop an understanding of Hispanic culture within and outside the borders of the United States.

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Courses and Requirements

Prerequisite Courses:

  • Computer Proficiency

Departmental Courses in the Core:

  • French I
  • French II
  • Spanish I
  • Spanish II
  • Hispanic Culture and Civilization
  • Other college level foreign language courses

Departmental Courses Required of All Majors:

  • Spanish I
  • Spanish II
  • Spanish III
  • Spanish IV
  • Hispanic Culture and Civilization
  • Introduction to Spanish Literature
  • Advanced Spanish Grammar
  • Spanish Translation for Professionals
  • Senior Seminar

Business Administration Concentration:

  • Spanish for Business
  • Service Learning in Latino Community OR
  • Special Topics AS NEEDED
  • Internship AS NEEDED

6 credits from:

  • Entrepreneurship & Business Fundamentals
  • Principles of Management
  • Marketing

Criminal Justice Concentration:

  • Spanish for Law Enforcement
  • Service Learning in Latino Community OR
  • Special Topics AS NEEDED
  • Internship AS NEEDED

6 credits from:

  • Social Psychology
  • Criminology
  • DMACC Intro to Criminal Justice, see DMACC Schedule

Heath Care Concentration:

  • Spanish for Health Care Providers
  • Service Learning in Latino Community OR
  • Special Topics AS NEEDED
  • Internship AS NEEDED

5-6 credits from:

  • Personal and Community Health
  • Lifetime Fitness and Wellness
  • Principles and Foundations of Health Promotions
  • Nurturing Well-Being
  • Bioethics
  • Psychology and Health

Strongly Recommended Electives:

  • Modern Latin America
  • South American History
  • History of Mexico
  • Hispanic Literature II
  • Advanced Spanish Composition and Communication

Free Electives:

  • Self-Expression in Spanish
  • Independent Study AS NEEDED

For detailed course descriptions, please go to the current catalog HERE.

Career Options

You’ll find extensive career opportunities in a variety of fields because all sectors of the economy require the skills of bilingual (Spanish) personnel. Your ability to communicate in Spanish is valuable in many realms of society, from philanthropic to business to government. Employers in the immediate area and throughout the country, not to mention international organizations, very frequently reward employees with abilities in a language other than English with hiring bonuses and higher pay grade positions.

Opportunities for majors
With translating, interpreting and communicative support services skills in Spanish, you could find jobs in fields like…

Financial services

"Learning Spanish has not only opened the door for advancements in my career, but has also given me the opportunity to learn about a different culture, as well as communicate with my Spanish speaking students where I teach." 
- Sarah Lopez '02