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Spanish Certificate - 13 credits

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.

The goal of the Spanish Certificate is to provide students with the opportunity to acquire linguistic skills, cultural knowledge and intercultural competence necessary to work in an increasingly global community.  This certificate complements many academic fields and careers in which students would benefit from an international perspective.

Required Courses - 13 credits

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

Complete one of the following courses:

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

Other Certificate Requirements

  • Earn a minimum cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 2.0 for college-level coursework (courses numbered 1000 and above) completed at Normandale.
  • Earn at least one third of the required certificate credits from Normandale.