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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:

  • Spanish I and II

Departmental Courses Required of All Majors:

  • Spanish III
  • Spanish IV
  • Hispanic Culture and Civilization
  • Introduction to Hispanic Literature
  • Advanced Spanish Grammar OR Advanced Spanish Composition and Communication
  • Spanish Translation for Professionals
  • Spanish Senior Seminar

Business Administration Concentration

  • Spanish for Business
  • Internship Spanish

Plus 6 credits from:

  • Entrepreneurship and Business Fundamentals
  • Principles of Management
  • Marketing
  • Global Perspectives
  • Special Topics (International Study)

Criminal Justice Concentration

  • Spanish for Law Enforcement
  • Internship Spanish

Plus 6 credits from:

  • Social Psychology
  • Criminological Theory
  • Global Perspectives
  • Special Topics (International Study)
  • DMACC Intro to Criminal Justice, see DMACC Schedule

Heath Care Concentration

  • Spanish for Health Care Providers
  • Internship Spanish

Plus 6 credits from:

  • Personal and Community Health
  • Lifetime Fitness and Wellness
  • Principles and Foundations of Health Promotion
  • The Caring Professional Nurse (for Nursing majors only)
  • Bioethics
  • Psychology and Health
  • Global Perspectives
  • Special Topics (International Study)

Strongly Recommended Electives:

  • Modern Latin America
  • History of Mexico
  • Hispanic Literature II

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