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Certificate in
Proficiency in Spanish

This certificate is designed to provide proficiency in oral and written Spanish. It allows students the opportunity to upgrade their professional qualifications and to prepare for business or educational travel in the Spanish speaking world.

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Academic Coordinator: Mignette Garvida,

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Admission Criteria

It is recommended that applicants have the following:

Completion of Introductory Spanish I (CSPN 101) with a minimum grade of C+, or admission by placement assessment and interview.

Undergraduate students wishing to pursue a continuing education certificate program should be aware of possible restrictions; please refer to Curriculum Advising for complete details.

Program Open House

Students who have questions about the admission criteria and/or would like to know more about this certificate are invited to attend a Program Open House. Please see Open House for dates, times, and location.

Certificate Requirements

The successful completion of six single-term courses, with a cumulative grade point average of 1.67 or higher, is required for the certificate.

Advanced Placement

If the student completes four courses at a level higher than CSPN 401, the successful completion of four single-term courses is required for the certificate. All four courses must be at an advanced level (CSPN 501 or higher).

Certificate Registration

Students may be registered in only one certificate program at any one time. To allow maximum flexibility in crediting external courses and/or courses previously taken at Ryerson, students should register in the certificate at the beginning of their first course (see also Courses and Programs FAQ). For complete details on the advantages of early registration, registration deadlines, and Transfer Credit restrictions, all students should read Registration in a Certificate Program.

Requirements for Graduation

To graduate, you must successfully complete the published certificate curricula from the year you registered in the certificate. Certificate requirements must be completed within six years from the time you were first admitted into the certificate program. In some circumstances, certificate requirements may change, resulting in courses no longer being available. In such cases, Course Substitutions/Directives may be requested. Also, you must apply on RAMSS to graduate, prior to the appropriate application deadlines (see Important Dates). For complete details, all students should read Graduation.

Required Courses (see Advanced Placement above)

CSPN 201   Spanish:  Introductory Spanish II
CSPN 301   Spanish:  Intermediate Spanish I
CSPN 401   Spanish:  Intermediate Spanish II
CSPN 501   Spanish:  Advanced Spanish I
CSPN 601   Spanish:  Advanced Spanish II

Electives (select one)

CSPN 402   Spanish:  Spanish Conversation and Pronunciation
CSPN 510   Spanish:  Spanish for Native Speakers
CSPN 515   Spanish:  Introduction to Business Spanish
CSPN 610   Spanish:  Spanish Composition for Native Speakers
CSPN 702   Spanish:  Communication in Business Spanish
CSPN 704   Spanish:  Latin American Culture I
CSPN 705   Spanish:  The Boom in Latin American Literature
CSPN 707   Spanish:  Spanish-English Translation
CSPN 708   Spanish:  Contemporary Spanish Fiction
CSPN 710   Spanish:  History of the Spanish Language
CSPN 804   Spanish:  Latin American Culture II
CSPN 810   Spanish:  Cultural Context of Writing