Graduate Certificate in Hispanic Cultures, Literature, and Linguistics

The Graduate Certificate in Hispanic Cultures, Literature, and Linguistics at the University of St. Thomas allows you to go beyond mastering the Spanish language. 

Throughout the program, students will develop their verbal and written abilities in Spanish, all 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 and help you become a compassionate global citizen at the same time.

Courses are designed to provide maximum access and flexibility to meet the needs of the modern student. More information about course formats and program requirements is laid out below.

What you can earn

  • Graduate certificate in Hispanic Cultures, Literature, and Linguistics

Where you will learn

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

When to start

  • Fall application deadline - May 1
  • Spring application deadline - October 1
  • Summer application deadline - March 1

Credits required for certificate: 18

Required Foundational Course: GSPA 510 - Topics in World Languages Teaching (3 cr.)

Plus, students will complete an additional 15 credits in the following areas. Students will choose one course from each area:

Hispanic Culture and Civilization

  • 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

  • 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 Litreature and Cultures
  • GSPA 540 - Topics in Hispanic Culture and Literature (cross-listed with SPAN 489)

Hispanic Linguistics

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

An additional three (3) credits may be distributed between any of the remaining Hispanic Culture and Civilization, Hispanic Literature and Hispanic Linguistics courses.

Finally, students will complete a required capstone course: GSPA 698 - Independent Project (3 cr.)

*Note: Students may not repeat a cross-listed course for graduate credit if the class has already been taken for undergraduate credit at St. Thomas. SPAN 489/GSPA 540 and SPAN 490/GSPA 550 may be taken for credit more than once with different topics, either at the undergraduate and graduate levels, or just at the graduate level.

Application deadlines

  • Fall semester - May 1
  • Spring semester - October 1
  • Summer semester - March 1

Application Requirements

  1. A bachelor's degree with an overall GPA of 3.0 or higher from an accredited college or university verified by an official transcript.
  2. A minimum of five (5) undergraduate Spanish courses beyond the second-year level with a grade of "B" or better.
  3. Three (3) confidential letters of recommendation. Your letters should address your relevant academic abilities and achievements. Ideally, at least two of your letters should be written by your former professors.
  4. A writing sample, in Spanish, of literary, cultural or linguistic analystic. This 7-15 page, double-spaced paper with one-inch margins should be a close, analytical reading of a text, cultural phenomenon or linguistic phenomenon rather than a broad overview of a topic. You may consider revising a previous paper to reflect your current writing and analytical abilities. Please include any research references in a bibliography.
  5. A two-minute MP3 audio recording of the applicant speaking Spanish and English. The audio recording can be submitted via a shared link in the application or emailed as an attachment directly to the Director of Graduate Studies in Spanish.

Proposed 2019-2020 Tuition Rates
The proposed 2019-2020 tuition rate will take effect beginning in summer 2019. The required technology fee (per semester/term) is $56.25 for one graduate course and $112.50 for two or more. 

Degree-seeking and certificate programs: $625 per credit ($1,875 per course)
Non-degree program: $625 per credit

To learn more about financial aid, please visit the Graduate Financial Aid website.

Questions about the certificate and admissions should be directed to

Graduate Studies Director:
Juli A. Kroll, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Spanish
2115 Summit Ave.
St. Paul MN 55105
Office: OEC 320-G