Spanish Studies - Certificate of Achievement

Program Info

Year Established
Program Code
Degree Type
Certificate of Achievement
Office Contact
School of Liberal Arts: 313-845-9624,, Liberal Arts Building, Room: K-201 and F-138
Faculty Contact
Maggie Rutkowski: 313-317-6887,, Liberal Arts Building, Room: K-205

Program Description


Provides an understanding of the Spanish language and Hispanic cultures and develops the communicative and intercultural competences integral to actively participating in a diverse global society. The Spanish Studies Certificate of Achievement prepares students to reach the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Language’s Intermediate Mid proficiency level, at which speakers can successfully handle everyday communicative tasks. Graduates wishing to pursue higher levels of proficiency may transfer most if not all of the course work.

Program Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this program, students should be able to:

  1. Initiate, conduct and terminate context-specific conversations with Spanish-speakers at American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Language’s Intermediate Mid level
  2. Interpret written and spoken Spanish from authentic sources at the Intermediate Mid level
  3. Synthesize multiple Spanish-language sources and produce formal and informal audiovisual and textual presentational materials
  4. Distinguish and explain linguistic and cultural differences among Spanish-speaking communities
  5. Compare and contrast American mainstream culture with a variety of Spanish-speaking cultures
Career Opportunities

Career Opportunities:

  • Education
  • Health careers
  • Social work
  • International business
  • Future Spanish interpretation or translation work

Program Requirements

Required Support Courses
Credit Hours: 6
Minimum Total Credit Hours
Requirements are subject to change. The information represented here is effective starting Fall 2022 and applies to the current catalog year. If you were admitted prior to this year, please check your requirements under the My Progress section of HFC Self Service.