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TCNJ Spanish for Professional Purposes Certificate Program

Spanish is the native language of over 40 million people in the United States and one of the world’s three most commonly used languages. Bilingualism is a valuable credential in today’s labor market. From government agencies to education, psychology and counseling, healthcare, law, and criminal justice, to marketing, international business, and NGOs, building our students’ Spanish language competency and intercultural skills will help them to communicate with future colleagues and clients and provide them a competitive edge in the job market.

TCNJ offers four distinct Spanish certificates:

Each certificate builds students’ Spanish language and intercultural skills and cultural humility so they can interact respectfully and appropriately in Spanish in their chosen professional area.

Program Options

Students in this program may combine the certificate with their major or minor, or they may enroll in the college to pursue this certificate program. 

In the case that such a student then decides to pursue a BA or minor in Spanish, one of the 200-level Spanish courses may then count toward the major or minor. Students who decide to pursue a Spanish major or minor may also decide to drop the certificate and count two of the 200-level Spanish classes toward the major or minor instead of the certificate.

Each of the certificates consists of three courses beyond SPA 103. The first required class in all the certificate programs is SPA 203 (Intermediate Oral Proficiency) or SPA 210 (Spanish for Heritage Speakers), depending on whether the student is a heritage or non-native speaker of Spanish. 

Students will enter the certificate program by completing SPA 103 or by placing into SPA 203 or 210 through the language placement test, or through AP credit. All students enrolled in the certificate program must meet the matriculation standards of the College and must fulfill prerequisites for all required and elective courses.

Add a certificate using the Add or Remove a Minor, Course of Study, or Undergraduate Certificate form from Records and Registration.

Career Pathways

The Spanish for the Professions certificates equips students with language and intercultural competence in preparation for careers in business, counseling, education, interpreting, law and justice, medical professions, and others. 

Each certificate consists of three core courses beyond the elementary Spanish sequence, with at least one core Spanish for the Professions course. Additional specialized training beyond the required SPA 101-103 language sequence will help to linguistically and culturally equip our students to work in professional sectors with a growing number of Spanish speakers. Classes focusing on specialized professional vocabulary will equip heritage speakers (students who speak Spanish at home) with the writing skills and professional vocabulary to help them become bilingual and bicultural professionals. The courses will also help non-native speakers to develop linguistic and intercultural skills to build their language skills and professional vocabulary to become culturally responsive practitioners.


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