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World Languages: Spanish


Education in the Spanish language provides insight into the literature and culture of Spain and Latin America. It also gives students knowledge of a language that enables them to work and travel in areas of the world where Spanish is spoken.

It is also important on a local level, as the number of Spanish-speaking Minnesotans has increased 75% since 2000.

In our globally competitive world, and within our locally diverse community, knowing Spanish opens doors in many fields. The World Languages and Cultures Department at Normandale Community College is also the largest language department within the MnSCU (Minnesota State Colleges and Universities).


Spanish will enhance your career opportunities in government, business, education, medicine, law, hospitality management, retail industry, law enforcement, and social services, just to name a few.

As a Spanish student in our program, you have the opportunity to build your language skills, study Spanish-speaking cultures, participate in Service Learning in the Latino community in the Twin Cities' area, join a language club or travel abroad to gain new cultural perspectives.

The World Languages and Culture Department offers students opportunities to become confident and competent participants in today's global society.

Throughout the two-year language program, students both develop and strengthen reading, writing, listening and speaking skills, while gaining knowledge and understanding of other cultures, connecting with other disciplines, and participating in multilingual communities at home and around the world.

The Benefits of Bilingualism

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Service Learning in Latino Communities

Spanish Language Tutoring

Careers in Spanish

Types of Jobs


Individuals who study Spanish often work in the following profession

  • College Foreign Language Teachers
  • High School Teachers
  • Interpreters and Translators


Skills Acquired


Spanish language programs include topics such as:

  • Reading, writing, and speaking Spanish
  • Culture and society
  • Art
  • Anthropology
  • History
  • Literature and poetry
  • Folklore and film
  • Translation techniques
  • Dialects
  • Linguistics

Degree Emphasis & Certificate Program in Spanish

The Spanish Division of the World Languages and Cultures Department offers an Associate of Arts with Emphasis in Spanish to students who take 18 credits within our department.

Most of our courses satisfy goals in the Minnesota Transfer Curriculum and seamlessly transfer to other MnSCU colleges and universities.

In addition, the Spanish Division has a partnership with the Spanish Department at Minnesota State University, Mankato, which facilitates easy transfer into their Spanish language major or minor.

New: Our 13 credit Spanish Certificate program.

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Associate of Arts Degree with Emphasis in Spanish

To complete the Associate of Arts degree with Emphasis in Spanish, students must complete the requirements for the Associate of Arts in Liberal Education and the emphasis requirements as indicated below. 

Emphasis requirements may also be used to satisfy the Minnesota Transfer Curriculum (MnTC) Goal requirements.

The AA with Emphasis in Spanish requires 18 credits of Spanish language study on our campus.

Required Courses - 15 credits

Code Title Credits
SPAN 1200 Beginning Spanish 2 5
SPAN 2100 Intermediate Spanish 1 5
SPAN 2200 Intermediate Spanish 2 5

Additional Courses: 3 credits

Students must also complete one of the following courses:

Code Title Credits
SPAN 1111 Culture and Civilization 3
SPAN 2210 Advanced Communication Skills 3