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Core Competencies in Spanish Language and Culture

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Core Competencies in Spanish Language and Culture

WSU's online Core Competencies in Spanish Language and Culture certificate program is the study of Spanish language and culture from the novice through intermediate language level. The Spanish-speaking world is a diverse cultural landscape covering nationalities from Europe, the Caribbean, Central America, South America, and beyond and is very valuable in today’s global economy.

The program leverages ever-expanding technology in online learning developed by one of the leading textbook publishers in the discipline. 


The certificate program can be its own stand-alone program or it can allow students entry into a Spanish minor or major at WSU. Core Competencies is perfect for businesses or individuals with the need to learn the Spanish language and to gain insight into Hispanic cultures. The University undergraduate certificate fee will apply.


Required Courses: Spanish 101, Spanish 102, Spanish 203, Spanish 204 (16 total credits).  Students must pass all classes with a C or better. 


 Proficiency Exam Requirement


Students who earn this certificate are also required to take an exit proficiency exam at the end of the academic term in which they complete the last course of the certificate. Students must pass the STAMP exam at the intermediate level in order to earn the certificate. This exam requires a fee. 

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