Spanish Bilingualism, Undergraduate Certificate

Over the last several years, there has been a steady growth in the demand for bilingual and multilingual employees. A recent survey among U.S. employers revealed that 9 out of 10 employers rely on employees who can speak languages other than English and 56% reported that their demand for bi/multilingual speakers will increase in the next five years.

Students completing this certificate will be able to: express themselves more confidently through their listening and speaking skills in Spanish; demonstrate better accuracy and fluency in their reading and writing skills in Spanish and show increased knowledge about the diverse Hispanic-Latinx cultures. Current students who have studied Spanish in high school can complete this certificate within their first two years in college. Adult learners can also enroll in the certificate to enhance their career opportunities.

Courses taken for this certificate may also count towards the Spanish major or minor and the Latin American and Latino Studies major. This certificate also satisfies the university language requirement.

View course descriptions in the University Course Catalog:

Program Details

  • Level: Undergraduate; Intermediate Level
  • Eligibility: Current WP Students; Non-WP Students
  • Credit or Non-Credit: 12 college credits (4 courses)
  • Instruction Method: Traditional and online courses available
  • Average Time to Completion: Three semesters; summers optional

Skills Developed*

  • Communication
  • Equity & Inclusion 

*Categories based on the National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE) key competencies

Noteworthy Careers Supported by this Certificate

  • Health Care Provider 
  • Social Services Provider 
  • School Teacher
  • Human Resource Specialist
  • Customer Service Provider
  • Public Safety Officer 

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Dr. B. Suess, Chair 
Grant Hall 323

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