Spanish Language Courses and Schools

Courses taken through a Spanish degree or certificate program can prepare you for a variety of careers, including translation and interpretation. Read on for more information about courses, which typically cover speaking, reading, writing, culture and literature. Also, find out about important resources to look for in schools when deciding on a degree program. Schools offering Spanish degrees can also be found in these popular choices.

What You Need To Know

Completing a program that offers Spanish language courses can prepare you for a variety of careers. Some of these careers have a higher than average career outlook and respectable salaries. These programs include diverse coursework and experiences to help you develop your Spanish language comprehension.

Schools DePaul University, The University of Texas at San Antonio, California State University, San Bernardino, Michigan State University
Outlook (2016-2026)* 18% for interpreters and translators
Median Salary (2017)* $47,190 for interpreters and translators

Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS)

What Courses are in a Typical Spanish Language Program?

You'll take courses in Spanish grammar and word pronunciation, as well as communication and culture in a certificate or bachelor's degree program. In some courses, you will read Spanish texts or might watch Spanish films that could help you develop appropriate speech patterns. You can expect to study Spanish literature as it developed over time in specific regions, such as Cuba or Puerto Rico.

Classes offered in Spanish language degree programs include:

  • Beginner, intermediate and advanced grammar
  • Composition
  • Oral communication
  • Literary analysis in Spanish
  • Latin American literature
  • Spanish in the United States

Master's program courses are often research-oriented; you might study critical methods in Spanish literature or second-language acquisition skills. You could learn introductory and advanced translation techniques through a graduate certificate program in Spanish interpretation.

In many certificate and degree programs, you may be expected to participate in an intensive field experience. This could include a study abroad course, an internship or an off-campus community service class.

What Should I Look For in a School?

Look for opportunities to experience Spanish-speaking environments. Some schools offer the opportunity to study abroad with native speakers in countries such as Argentina, Chile, Mexico, Peru and Spain. Study abroad or experiential learning opportunities can refine your oral skills and may prepare you for a future career. You may also consider schools that have language resource centers. A language resource center may be equipped with digital voice recorders and language practicing software; you could record yourself and listen for pitch, tone and fluency.

You might consider what certifications a school offers. Some bachelor's programs offer a teaching certification option as part of the degree plan; earning teaching certification can prepare you for work as a Spanish instructor.

How Is Proficiency Tested?

You may take a placement test prior to entering a Bachelor of Arts in Spanish program. This test allows students with previous Spanish language experience to enroll in more advanced level courses. You may need to take a language proficiency exam in order to complete a certificate program in Spanish.

Admission prerequisites for a Master of Arts in Spanish program can include writing samples in Spanish along with written and oral entrance exams. To graduate from a master's degree program, you'll have to pass a comprehensive exam.

What Careers Will I Be Prepared For?

Since Spanish has become prevalent in the United States, graduates from a Spanish certificate or degree program may find employment opportunities in translation and interpretation, education, tourism, journalism, social services, or business. Many translators have the ability to work remotely and set their own schedules. Interpreters can be especially important during legal, medical and social service situations for families that speak limited English. Possible career titles may include:

  • Bilingual family advocate
  • Interpreter
  • Translator
  • Social worker
  • Teacher
  • Community coordinator
  • International business coordinator
  • Tour guide

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