Certificate in Hispanic Cultural Studies


This program is designed to allow students to advance their knowledge and skills of cultural analysis. This certificate is for students interested in research and teaching that investigates the ways in which culture transforms human beings, literature and language, and social structures. The program combines interdisciplinary approaches in order to understand Hispanic culture. 

Admission to the certificate program requires a 3.000 GPA with 1) an earned bachelor’s in Spanish or 2) another area with an advanced level of Spanish (to be determined by the program coordinator).

Current graduate students of WSU should complete the Declaration of Intent to Pursue a Graduate Certificate form through the Graduate School website1. The admission review faculty may request any of the listed admission requirements before rendering an admission decision.


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Program Requirements

The program consists of 12 credit hours and the students take four (4) of the following courses:

Course Title Hours
SPAN 520Hispanic Film: Cinema in the Spanish Speaking World3
SPAN 624Seminar in Latin-American Literature or Culture3
SPAN 626Spanish Civilization3
SPAN 627Latin-American Civilization3
SPAN 632Hispanic Cooking Communities3
SPAN 633Latin@ Studies3
SPAN 805Directed Readings Spanish1-4

Courses between 500-799 taken at the undergraduate level cannot be used toward the completion of a graduate certificate.

In addition to these requirements, students must meet the Graduate School’s requirements in order to earn this certificate.