The Citadel

The Military College of South Carolina


Graduate Certificate in Hispanic Studies

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About the Program:

The Citadel’s Graduate Certificate in Hispanic Studies provides a panoramic approach to understanding the vast world of Hispanic culture at the graduate level. The program is entirely in Spanish and is designed for native and non-native speakers of Spanish who wish to increase their knowledge of Hispanic language, culture, society and literature. The program targets the regional needs of working professionals who wish to enhance their profession and increase employment potential amid the current demographic shifts in the low country.

The objectives of the program are to:

  • Increase communicative and written competence in the Spanish language.
  • Provide in-depth knowledge of the cultural, historic, political and social milieus of Spanish-speaking countries.
  • Develop critical and real-world skills necessary for a broader understanding of the issues related to the Spanish-speaking societies of Latin America and Spain.
  • Produce professionals in the field of Hispanic Studies.

The program would benefit professionals throughout the community interested in enhancing current expertise or proving foreign language competency required for promotion and/or salary increases. Additional areas where the Graduate Certificate Program in Hispanic Studies would be beneficial include industries such as health, law enforcement, social services, immigration and naturalization, human resources and civic government.

Program Description:

Students in the program will gain knowledge proficiency in the following areas:

  • Mexico from pre-colombian civilizations to modern day culture, politics, economics, literature, art, theater, cinema, religion, and gastronomy.
  • Mexican Americans, Cuban Americans and Puerto Ricans.
  • Spain from the Reconquista to present day popular culture.
  • Culture and literature of South America covering Colombia and Venezuela, the Andean countries and the Southern Cone.
  • Advanced grammar and recent trends in teaching Spanish.

Admission Requirements:

Prospective students must meet one of the following requirements in order to apply:

1. Baccalaureate degree in Spanish literature, Spanish linguistics or Spanish education.
2. Baccalaureate degree in any field with a minor in Spanish literature, Spanish linguistics or Spanish education.
3. Baccalaureate degree in any field with 12 credit hours of upper-division classwork in Spanish literature, Spanish linguistics or Spanish education.

Admission Process:

1. Complete the online graduate application along with the appropriate non-refundable application fee.
2. Submit an official transcript for the baccalaureate degree and all other undergraduate or graduate work directly from each accredited college or university attended.
3. Submit a letter of intent, no more than two pages, which answers the following questions:
.........a. How has your education and experience prepared you for graduate courses in Hispanic Studies?
.........b. How will your knowledge, skills, and experiences contribute to this program’s learning community?
.........c. What do you hope to gain from this Hispanic Studies graduate certificate program?
4. Submit the names and contact information for three (3) references familiar with your work.

Students who are currently admitted to a graduate degree program at The Citadel are automatically eligible to pursue the graduate Certificate in Hispanic Studies but are required to apply for acceptance into the certificate program.

All material must be received by the CGC office to receive consideration for admission to this graduate certificate program.

Course Requirements:

Students must complete four of the following Hispanic Studies courses listed below:

SPAN 520 Mexico
SPAN 521 Hispanic Presence in the United States
SPAN 522 Culture and Literature of Spain
SPAN 550 Special Topics Culture and Literature of South America: Colombia and Venezuela
SPAN 550 Special Topics Culture and Literature of South America: the Andean Countries
SPAN 550 Special Topics Culture and Literature of South America: the Southern Cone
SPAN 523 Advanced and Contrastive Grammar
SPAN 524 Recent Trends in Teaching Spanish as a Second Language

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