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Graduate Certificate in Spanish

Graduate Certificate in Spanish

Throughout this graduate certificate in Spanish program, students will develop their verbal and written abilities in Spanish while engaging with the vibrant intellectual and cultural history of Latin America, Spain and the United States. You will also learn about Hispanic linguistics and language pedagogy. This combined learning will prepare you for a variety of professional fields"—including teaching college-level Spanish in high schools"—while helping you to become a compassionate global citizen.

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Classes that Accommodate

Get a feel for the program

Courses are designed to provide flexibility to meet the needs of modern students. The graduate certificate is necessary for educators who seek a credential for teaching college Spanish in Minnesota high schools.

How you will learn

  • Traditional face-to-face courses
  • Online courses
  • Blended courses (50 percent online, 50 percent face-to-face)

Classes and Curriculum

  • Certificate Overview
  • Hispanic Culture and Civilization Courses
  • Hispanic Literature Courses
  • Hispanic Linguistics Courses
  • Certificate Overview

    Degree Requirements (18 Credits):

    • Required Foundational Course: GSPA 510 - Topics in World Languages Teaching (3)
    • 12 credits total. Students will choose one course from each:
    • Hispanic Culture and Civilization
    • Hispanic Literature
    • Hispanic Linguistics
    • An additional three (3) credits may be distributed between any remaining Hispanic Culture and Civilization, Hispanic Literature and Hispanic Linguistics courses.
    • Capstone course: GSPA 698 - Independent Project (3)

    Students may not repeat a cross-listed course for graduate credit if the class has already been taken for undergraduate credit at St. Thomas.

    Hispanic Culture and Civilization Courses

    Courses offered include:

    • GSPA 515 - Hispanic Cinema Studies (cross-listed with SPAN 415)*
    • GSPA 523 - Hispanic Visual Culture and Literature
    • GSPA 524 - Hispanics in Minnesota and the U.S.
    • GSPA 530 - Exile and Migration in Contemporary Spain

    Hispanic Literature Courses

    Courses offered include:

    • GSPA 512 - Chicano and U.S. Latino Literature(s) and Culture(s) (cross-listed with SPAN 412)
    • GSPA 522 - Mexican Literature and Society
    • GSPA 525 - Caribbean Literature and Cultures
    • GSPA 540 - Topics in Hispanic Culture and Literature (cross-listed with SPAN 489)

    Hispanic Linguistics Courses

    Courses offered include:

    • GSPA 517 - Spanish Phonetics and Phonology for Teachers
    • GSPA 519 - Spanish Sociolinguistics
    • GSPA 550 - Topics in Hispanic Linguistics (cross-listed with SPAN 490)

    Certificate Overview

    Degree Requirements (18 Credits):

    • Required Foundational Course: GSPA 510 - Topics in World Languages Teaching (3)
    • 12 credits total. Students will choose one course from each:
    • Hispanic Culture and Civilization
    • Hispanic Literature
    • Hispanic Linguistics
    • An additional three (3) credits may be distributed between any remaining Hispanic Culture and Civilization, Hispanic Literature and Hispanic Linguistics courses.
    • Capstone course: GSPA 698 - Independent Project (3)

    Students may not repeat a cross-listed course for graduate credit if the class has already been taken for undergraduate credit at St. Thomas.

    Hispanic Culture and Civilization Courses

    Courses offered include:

    • GSPA 515 - Hispanic Cinema Studies (cross-listed with SPAN 415)*
    • GSPA 523 - Hispanic Visual Culture and Literature
    • GSPA 524 - Hispanics in Minnesota and the U.S.
    • GSPA 530 - Exile and Migration in Contemporary Spain

    Hispanic Literature Courses

    Courses offered include:

    • GSPA 512 - Chicano and U.S. Latino Literature(s) and Culture(s) (cross-listed with SPAN 412)
    • GSPA 522 - Mexican Literature and Society
    • GSPA 525 - Caribbean Literature and Cultures
    • GSPA 540 - Topics in Hispanic Culture and Literature (cross-listed with SPAN 489)

    Hispanic Linguistics Courses

    Courses offered include:

    • GSPA 517 - Spanish Phonetics and Phonology for Teachers
    • GSPA 519 - Spanish Sociolinguistics
    • GSPA 550 - Topics in Hispanic Linguistics (cross-listed with SPAN 490)
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    Featured Course

    Hispanics in Minnesota and the U.S.

    Better understand our local Hispanic community by exploring the culture of Hispanics in Minnesota. Through integrated discussion, research and presentations, this course will examine issues of identity, housing, economic opportunity and education.

    Spring 2021
    3 credits
    Instructor: Paola Ehrmantraut

    Faculty

    Dr. Juli Kroll

    Dr. Juli Kroll

    Dr. Kroll teaches courses in Spanish language, grammar and composition, Latin American cultures and civilization, Hispanic literature, and Hispanic and world cinema. She has led multiple study abroad courses to both Cuernavaca and Mérida, Mexico, which gels well with her research interest in contemporary Mexican literature and film.

    Dr. Juli Kroll
    Dr. Donny Vigil

    Dr. Donny Vigil

    Dr. Donny A. Vigil has taught Spanish since 1999. His areas of interest include Hispanic language and linguistics: phonetics, phonology and dialectology of Spanish and Portuguese, sociolinguistics, history of the Spanish language, language contact, language variation and change, New Mexico Spanish, pragmatics, discourse analysis and translation.

    Dr. Donny Vigil
    Sonia Rey-Montejo

    Sonia Rey-Montejo

    Professor Rey-Montejo's research interests focus on issues of race, gender, identity, and social inequality in twentieth and twenty-first century Latin-America. She has published and presented on numerous international conferences on topics related to Hispanic Caribbean narrative, Caribbean Diaspora in the U.S, and Afro-Latino studies. Her current research projects are closely related to Hispanic Caribbean cultural representations in literature, film, music and art.

    Sonia Rey-Montejo