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Spanish for Careers & Professionals

As a Grand View student pursuing a Spanish for Careers and Professionals major, 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, health care 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.

Why Grand View?

  • Students engage Spanish language skills in a variety of disciplines.
  • Small class sizes and caring instructors.
  • Vocation and service opportunities in the Latino community.
  • Demonstrate a knowledge of Hispanic cultures through reflections on coursework, study tour and study abroad opportunities.

Career Options

With translating, interpreting and communicative support services skills in Spanish, you can find jobs such as:

  • Self-enrichment Spanish instructor
  • School teacher
  • Community liaison
  • Athletic coach
  • Child care center director
  • College professor
  • Spanish interpreter or translator
  • Foreign correspondent
  • International relations consultant
  • Foreign exchange trader
  • Health promotions
  • Real estate
  • Banking
  • Cultural events coordinator
  • Travel agent
  • National security agent
  • Immigration officer
  • Law enforcement
  • Legal assistant
  • Mediation
  • Nonprofit agencies
  • Churches

Course Requirements

Jensen Hall

Originally a historic residence hall, Jensen was transformed into part of Grand View’s academic facilities in 2004 and is now home to offices and classrooms for religion, history, foreign languages and english.

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Awards and Accomplishments


Ms. Coralie Turner • Studied Latin, German, French, and Portuguese and is fluent in Spanish, Portuguese and English. Travels extensively to keep language and culture fluency current. She is passionate about teaching, learning, and service and has received the Iowa World Language Teacher of the Year award at the post secondary level in 2007 and the Grand View Distinguished Service Award in 2012.

Dr. Sarah Miller Boelts • Has presented at various local, national, and international conferences on topics dealing with Hispanic literature and culture, mainly Cuba. She has done article reviews on submissions and completed textbook reviews for upcoming publications. She was awarded a grant through Central College to go to Mérida to see their Study Abroad site in 2014. She has also organized and led study tours to several different countries.

Ms. Amy Schumann • Presented at various local and international conferences on topics pertaining to language learning and fluency. She has studied Spanish and Portuguese and is fluent in both Spanish and English. She teaches in the modern language department and assists in the education department teaching a methods course. She has also taught in the Core, engaging students in the Latino community. She is currently pursuing a Ph.D. in Curriculum and Instruction with an emphasis in bilingual education and social justice at New Mexico State University. She serves on the Latino Heritage Festival Board as the current educational liaison between the board and the community and has assisted on study tours to Spain, Brazil/Argentina, and Peru.


Brandon West (2005) • The Spanish Club founder and works for the State of Iowa using Spanish very strategically and creatively.

Chelsea Maas Menchaca (2010) • B.A. in Spanish for Careers and Professionals • M.A. Secondary Education - Teach Arizona Program - University of Arizona (2011) and has taught high school Spanish in Arizona since graduation.

Kari Seabrooke Sass (2011) • RN BSN Nursing & Spanish School Nurse in Postville, Iowa serving students from México, Somalia, Guatemala, Afghanistan, Russia, and others.

Did You Know?

  • Being bilingual makes you a more desirable candidate in the workforce. 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 Des Moines 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.
  • Through this interdisciplinary study of language, literature, culture, history and contemporary issues, you’ll gain a significant global understanding that will make you a sought-after candidate in many career fields.
  • Consider combining Spanish with another major or minor to give you an additional edge in the workplace.

Alumni Spotlight

"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

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