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Basic Spanish Language Proficiency Certificate (Undergraduate)

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Learning Spanish will help you gain a competitive advantage at work or to travel with confidence. In today’s global economy, the ability to speak Spanish is an extremely valuable skill, both in the United States and abroad. Spanish is spoken in 28 countries by over 740 million people, and the U.S. is now the second largest Spanish-speaking country in the world. The basic Spanish language proficiency certificate provides students a language certificate that marks their achievements in acquiring the Spanish language at the basic level. The certificate includes elementary and intermediate language study, with a focus on developing all modes of language production: speaking, listening, writing and reading in an everyday context. The certificate may be completed as a stand-alone program and may be taken by any student regardless of major. The basic Spanish language proficiency certificate is a value-added credential to any major and is particularly relevant for majors in business, construction, engineering, agriculture, healthcare and education.

Is it for you?

This program will be a good fit if you:

  • Seek to gain basic proficiency in the Spanish language and increase your communication skills in any job.
  • Want to understand how the Spanish-speaking world impacts and is shaped by globalization.
  • Like to travel, broaden your horizons and engage with diversity.
  • Are interested in working internationally.
  • Want to learn about cultures that speak Spanish in the Americas, Europe and the Caribbean.

Career Opportunities

  • Business
  • Construction management
  • Engineering
  • Agriculture
  • Healthcare
  • Hospitality
  • Education
  • Pharmacy
  • Government employee
  • Social work

Undecided or still deciding on a major and future career?

If you are uncertain about your major and have questions about career planning, you are not alone. Choosing a major or career can be a very difficult decision. The exploratory studies program may be a good fit if you are unsure of your major and career focus. Entering the university in the exploratory studies program will help you gain confidence and valuable insights on majors and minors available at SDSU and future career choices. 

In addition, FOCUS 2 Career, a self-guided assessment, education and career planning program, will help you reflect on your values, interests, personality traits and skills to provide valuable insight as you explore major and career choices. SDSU students may access FOCUS 2 Career by using their student email and password. After completing FOCUS 2 Career, you may find it helpful to discuss your results with a career coach in the Office of Career Development.