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Professional Spanish

Why pursue a minor in professional Spanish at North Central College?

Spanish speakers are in high demand in international business, marketing, education, government, travel, health and human services, law and media industries worldwide. Learning Spanish and the Spanish-speaking culture extends beyond language fluency building critical thinking skills that are transferable to many career fields. Individuals that can understand Spanish will find that the knowledge of the Spanish language and culture is often a priority to a potential employer over other job skills for positions they may be applying for. This program is designed to provide both conversational language exposure along with the cultural experiences necessary to succeed in a global work environment. At North Central College you will acquire the skills necessary to live and work in an international community. You will also gain exposure to cultural perspectives that will provide an in depth understanding of Spanish-speaking cultures and how to operate within them. Whatever you choose to do with what you learn, studying Professional Spanish is sure to provide a wide variety of rewarding employment opportunities as a result of this in demand skill.


  • Researching information related to foreign markets, law, labor relations, health and social services, marketing, and news to assist international companies with making informed business decisions
  • Providing leadership in the travel industry for organizations with locations, clients or customers in Spanish-speaking regions
  • Gaining internship experience using both English and Spanish languages

then a minor in PROFESSIONAL SPANISH might be for you.

Why study professional Spanish at North Central College?

In the Classroom

Coursework topics:

  • Internship allowing students apply knowledge and explore career options within companies and organizations with the need for Spanish-speaking professionals
  • Advanced Conversation and Composition in Spanish
  • Civilization of Spain
  • Communicative Spaces in Spanish
  • Elementary Spanish• Hispanic Linguistics
  • Latin American Area and Civilizations
  • Spanish Enrichment
  • Spanish for the Professions
  • Survey of Latin American Literature
  • Survey of Literature of Spain

Beyond the Classroom

As a Professional Spanish minor, you can:

  • Participate in a focused internship enhancing your ability to communicate and work in a global environment.
  • Gain valuable knowledge from professionals in diverse fields and industries.
  • Take advantage of on-campus tutoring options and the Roberta I. Myers Language Resource Center for individualized tutoring or audio and video support.
  • Qualify for induction into Sigma Delta Pi, the Spanish Honor Society

Professional Spanish Minor

Students may not complete both a Professional Spanish minor and a major in Spanish.

For additional programs and courses in this department, see Modern and Classical Languages.

A minimum of 20 credit hours, including:

One of the following:

Four credit hours from the following:

Gain valuable knowledge from professionals in diverse fields and industries!

Our internships will provide you with experience of specific job cultures, practices and challenges in bilingual settings in the fields of Business, Medicine, Psychology, Jurisprudence, Education and many others. North Central’s Office of Career Development can assist you in crafting an internship that best meets your needs. 

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