Certificate in Spanish Language & Hispanic Culture

The certificate program in Spanish Language and Hispanic Culture is designed to provide linguistic and cultural knowledge to persons interested in studying and/or working in a Spanish-speaking country. It consists of twenty-four (24) credit hours and is intended for undergraduate students and persons already holding degrees in any discipline.


Admission to the certificate program requires a formal application for admission and the official approval of the Coordinator for Spanish. Application forms are available from the Registrar. Students majoring in Spanish at Saint Mary's University are not eligible for this program. Eighteen of the twenty-four (24) credit hours must be completed at Saint Mary's.

Program Courses

The program consists of twelve (12) required credit hours in language, SPAN 1100.0 and/or 2204.1(2), 2205.1(2), 2206.1(2) 2230.1(2) 2231.1(2), 3303.1(2), 3306.1(2) and/or and a number of optional credit hours.

These optional credit hours must be at the 3000 level or above and will be chosen from the following courses:

  • SPAN 3304.1(2) Americas: The Changing Face of Latin America
  • SPAN 3305.1(2) Contemporary Spanish Society
  • SPAN 3310.1(2) Latin American Culture
  • SPAN 4404.1(2) 20th Century Latin American Literature I
  • SPNA 4406.1(2) 20th Century Latin American Literature II
  • SPNA 4407.1(2) 20th Century Spanish Literature I
  • SPNA 4409.1(2) 20th Century Spanish Literature II
  • SPAN 4423.1(2) Independent Study I
  • SPAN 4424.1(2) Independent Study II
  • HIST 2375.0 Modern Latin America
  • HIST 3402.0 Aspects of Global History

Other courses are possible, subject to the approval of the Coordinator for Spanish


A minimum cumulative quality point average of 2.00 in this certificate program is required.