Spanish for the Professions

The series of courses in the Spanish for the professions concentration will help students hone Spanish communication skills and cultural knowledge to serve the needs of the U.S. - Latino community in professional settings (i.e., education, social work, health care, criminology, and journalism). The combination of professionally focused courses and practical experience in this concentration will enhance students’ professional skills in positions that require advanced proficiency in Spanish and in-depth understanding of U.S. – Latino culture.


  • Program Prerequisite: SPA 314/316 or permission of instructor.
  • Students must complete a minimum of 18 credits including 12 hours of upper division credit for this concentration.
  • All courses must be completed with a grade of “C” (2.00) or higher. 

Concentration Core 12 hours

SPA 317 Introduction to Spanish for the Professions (3)

SPA 404 Spanish in U.S. Professional Communities, C (3)

SPA 405 Latino Cultural Perspectives for the Professions, (L or HU) & C & G (3)

SPA 484 Internship (3) (Prerequisites: completion of 12 credit hours in the concentration and instructor approval)

Electives 6 hours required
Elective Spanish courses need to be focused on the professions (e.g., Healthcare, Business, Medical/Legal Interpretation, Journalism, Social Work, Education, Legal & Justice Studies, Sustainability, Engineering and Urban Planning)
SPA 1 SPA 2 SPA 313 SPA 314 SPA 315 SPA 316 SPA 325 SPA 400 SPA 412 SPA 413 SPA 417 SPA 418 SPA 419 SPA 420 SPA 421 SPA 422 SPA 425 SPA 426 SPA 427 SPA 428 SPA 429 SPA 431 SPA 434 SPA 435 SPA 454 SPA 456 SPA 462 SPA 471  SPA 472 SPA 473 SPA 474 SPA 481 SPA 485 SPA 486 SPA 487

SPA 318 Advanced Spanish for Health Care Professionals (Students may not enroll in SPA 318 if credit earned in SPA 394 (Advanced Spanish for Health Care Professionals))

SPA 319 Business Correspondence and Communication, G (3) (Prerequisite: SPA 314 or 316)

SPA 401 Spanish Oral Communication for the Professions (3) (Prerequisite: SPA 314 or 316; Students who have credit for SPA 494 (Spanish Oral Comm. for Profes) may not enroll in SPA 401)

SPA 402 Written Communication for the Professions (3) (Pre-requisite: SPA 314 or 316; Students who have credit for SPA 494 (Spanish Written Communication) may not enroll in SPA 402)

SPA 403 Spanish Grammar and Stylistics for the Professions (3)

SPA 406 Introduction to Spanish/English Medical Interpretation (3) (Prerequisite(s): SPA 314, SPA 316, or SPA 394 (Introduction to Spanish for the Professions); Credit is allowed for only SPA 406 or SPA 494 (Interpretation for Medical/Law Enforcement Personnel) or SPA 494 (Intro to Spanish/English Medical & Legal Interp))

SPA 414 Spanish for Sustainability and Environmental Studies (3) (Prerequisite(s): SPA 314 or SPA 316 with C or better; Credit is allowed for only SPA 394 (Spanish for Sustainability) or SPA 414)




All Interdisciplinary Studies students are required to complete a 12 credit hour core.

BIS 301, BIS 302 and BIS 402 courses require:

  • A meeting with your academic advisor to:
    Ensure both of your concentration areas have been declared
    Are working towards completing (or have completed) 1-2 courses in each declared concentration

  • One course meeting general studies MA requirement
  • ENG 102 or ENG 105 or ENG 108 or First Year Composition Completed
  • Minimum 2.00 GPA

Required Courses (12 credit hours):

BIS 301 Foundations of Interdisciplinary Studies, L (3)

BIS 302 Interdisciplinary Inquiry (3)
     Prerequisite(s): BIS 301 with C or better

BIS 401 Applied Interdisciplinary Studies (3) (requires application)
     Prerequisites: BIS 301 with C or better; BIS 302 with C or better; Minimum of two courses completed in each concentration area

BIS 402 Senior Seminar, L (3)
     Prerequisite(s): BIS 301 with C or better; BIS 302 with C or better

For important information, additional major requirements, course descriptions, and application deadlines: Interdisciplinary Studies Core Courses

For assistance in selecting your concentration areas of study complete the Interdisciplinary Studies concentration workshop: Interdisciplinary Studies Pre-Advising Workshop

Transfer to ASU

Maricopa County Community College District (MCCCD) transfer students

  • Courses may fulfill Arizona General Education Curriculum (AGEC) or Associate’s degree requirements, consult with your community college academic advisor for details.
  • MCCCD course transfer equivalencies are listed here; they may be applied toward this concentration (maximum of six credits or two courses).
  • Information listed was current for this catalog year at the time of printing, consult for verification.






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