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Spanish for Careers & Professionals Major

A degree in Spanish will prepare you for an exciting career in our increasingly diverse society. At Grand View,  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. Plus, learning another language will make you stand out as a valuable employee.

Why Grand View?

  • Students engage Spanish language skills in a variety of disciplines.
  • Small class sizes and personal attention from instructors.
  • Extensive service opportunities within the Des Moines Latino community.
  • Study tour and study abroad opportunities that provide incomparable international exposure and cultural experiences.
Choose Your Path

Whether it's custom classes, an emphasis, or an option, this degree offers you an even more enhanced and customizable experience in the following areas:

Spanish for Careers Business Concentration
Enhance and sharpen top language skills that will get you job in the field of business.

Spanish for Careers Criminal Justice Concentration
Learn another language to make you stand out as a valuable employee in the field of criminal justice.

Spanish for Careers Health Care Concentration
As you learn another language, you enhance and sharpen top skills that will get you a job in the health care field.

Spanish for Careers Teaching Concentration
Teaching Spanish is an ideal career for people with strong communication skills and a devotion to diversity. With the increasing demand for bilingual speakers in education, business and communities at large, people who can teach Spanish are highly valued.

Career Options

Whether you plan to work for an international business or organization, provide instruction, translation or interpretation, the job opportunities in today's world are many:

  • School Teacher
  • Legal Assistant
  • Athletic Coach
  • Real Estate
  • Community Liaison
  • Self-enrichment Spanish Instructor
  • Spanish Interpreter or Translator
  • Foreign Correspondent
  • International Relations Consultant
  • Cultural Events Coordinator
  • Law Enforcement
  • National Security Agent
  • College Professor
  • Immigration Officer

What Can I Do With This Major?

Course Requirements

Prerequisites (8 credits)

These courses will not be counted in computing the GPA for the major.

SPAN 101 Spanish I 4 credits
SPAN 102 Spanish II 4 credits
*Students who have taken at least 3 years of high school Spanish may enroll in Spanish II. If they earn a grade of C- or higher, they will receive credit for Spanish I. The processing free of $30 needs to be paid to receive the credit. 3 credits

Requirements for the Major (34-35 credits)

SPAN 201 Spanish III 4 credits
SPAN 202 Spanish IV 4 credits
SPAN 310 Introduction to Hispanic Literature 3 credits
SPAN 312 Hispanic Culture and Civilization 3 credits
SPAN 320 or
SPAN 321
Advanced Spanish Grammar or
Advanced Spanish Composition and Communication
3 credits
SPAN 412 or
SPAN 413
Spanish Translation for Professionals or
Introduction to Spanish Interpretation
3 credits
SPAN 450 Spanish Senior Seminar 3 credits

Business Administration Concentration

SPAN 105 Spanish for Business 3 credits
SPAN 399 Internship - Spanish 3 credits

Additional Courses (6 credits)

BSAD 202 Entrepreneurship and Business Fundamentals 3 credits
BSAD 310 Principles of Management 3 credits
BSAD 315 Marketing 3 credits
MLAN 311 Global Perspectives 3 credits
SPAN 430 Special Topics (International Study) 3 credits

Criminal Justice Concentration

SPAN 106 Spanish for Law Enforcement 3 credits
SPAN 399 Internship - Spanish 3 credits

Additional Courses (6 credits)

PSYC / SOCS 310 Social Psychology 3 credits
CRJ 100 (DMACC) Intro to Criminal Justice 3 credits
SOCS 318 Criminological Theory 3 credits
MLAN 311 Global Perspectives 3 credits
SPAN 430 Special Topics (International Study) 3 credits

Health Care Concentration

SPAN 107 Spanish for Health Care Providers 3 credits
SPAN 399 Internship Spanish 3 credits

Additional Courses (6 credits)

KINH 188 Personal and Community Health 3 credits
KINH 205 Lifetime Fitness and Wellness 3 credits
KINH 276 Principles and Foundations of Health Promotion 3 credits
NURS 220 The Caring Professional Nurse (for nursing majors only) 3 credits
PHIL 325 Bioethics 3 credits
PSYC 363 Psychology and Health 3 credits
MLAN 311 Global Perspectives 3 credits
SPAN 430 Special Topics (International Study) 3 credits

Teaching Concentration

EDUC 304 Education Practicum: Foreign Language 2 credits
EDUC 317 Foreign Language Teaching Methods 3 credits

Additional Courses (3 credits)

EDUC 280 Social Issues in Education 3 credits
EDUC 377 Modern Language for Today's 21st Century Classroom 3 credits
MLAN 311 Global Perspectives 3 credits

Additional Courses (3 credits)

LIBA 300 or study tour Core Seminar II or
Approved study tour in a Spanish speaking country
3 credits
SPAN 399 Internship - Spanish 3 credits
SPAN 430 Special Topics (Internation  Study) 3 credits

Strongly Recommended Electives

HIST 332 Modern Latin America 3 credits
HIST 337 History of Mexico 3 credits
SPAN 204 Self-Expression in Spanish 3 credits
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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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