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Spanish Certificate

Why Choose this program?

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).

Careers in Spanish

Types of Jobs


Individuals who study Spanish often work in the following professions -

  • 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

Certificate Program in Spanish

The Spanish certificate program at Normandale requires 13 credits of Spanish language study on our campus.

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The Spanish certificate at Normandale requires 13 credits of Spanish language study on our campus.

Required Courses - 10 credits

Code Title Credits
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