Certificate in Spanish

The Certificate in Spanish program helps prepare students for graduate or professional schools and for a variety of career opportunities. Courses are designed to build strong language skills and to expand cultural awareness.

In addition to class work, students acquire language skills through individualized learning and research projects with professors, field experiences, campus programs, internships and study abroad opportunities. A certificate in Spanish may be obtained in conjunction with a bachelor's degree in any field by successful completion of 16 semester hours of credit in the language at the 100 level or higher. The certificate provides academic recognition for foreign language study not meeting requirements for a major or minor.

Students are encouraged to participate in international study and travel experiences. Opportunities include summer study programs in Spain, travel-study courses to countries such as Costa Rica, semester- and year-long programs in Mexico and other countries, as well as numerous other study abroad options.

Topics of Study

  • civilization and culture
  • commercial Spanish
  • composition
  • conversation
  • elementary language
  • intermediate language
  • Hispanic cinema
  • language structure
  • literature
  • phonetics

Career Opportunities

The Tampa Bay area has a long and rich Hispanic tradition and a thriving Spanish-speaking community. Across the nation, there is a growing need for professionals able to communicate in Spanish and for teachers able to teach it. Spanish majors can proceed to graduate and professional schools with language skills that will help make them a sought-after commodity. 

Possible career paths for students with a Certificate in Spanish include:
  • translation/interpretation
  • government
  • diplomacy
  • journalism
  • international business
  • social work

On-Campus Associations

  • Spanish Club
  • Spanish Honor Society
  • Sigma Delta Pi
  • ¡Hola!
  • The UT Latin American Students Organization
  • Black and Latino Association
  • Caribbean Student Association
  • International Student Organization