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Spanish for the Professions

Degree Type: Bachelor of Science
College(s): College of Arts and Sciences

Why Choose Spanish for the Professions?

This Bachelor of Science in Spanish for the Professions degree program at Ferris will have a distinct purpose and approach:  it will focus on Spanish for the professions and on Spanish in the Americas, including Spanish language and Hispanic/Latino culture in the United States.  

The major has been constructed considering the most current needs of a diverse community; that is, it will prepare students with the right tools to expand their professional service abilities to a wider community in the areas of education, medical professions, social work and criminology. 

With a B.S. in Spanish for the Professions students will have several advantages.  They will have the opportunity to participate in community-based experiences. They will complete an internship with Spanish-speaking populations either locally or abroad. Students will also complete a Senior Capstone course to culminate their experiences in the classroom with their experiences in the professional arena.  

Career Opportunities

With today's competetive job market, students with the Spanish for the Professions B.S. degree will have greater opportunities and will be better prepared for their job search as evidenced by the growing frequency of job market offerings that seek bilingual and culturally aware employees.  Employers in fields such as education, criminal justice, health care, social work and engineering recognize the importance of hiring bilingual personnel.

Admission Requirements

First year student admission is open to high school graduates (or equivalent) who demonstrate academic preparedness, maturity, and seriousness of purpose with educational backgrounds appropriate to their chosen program of study. High school courses and grade point average, ACT/SAT16 composite score, and ACT/SAT16 Reading and Mathematics subscores will be considered in the admission and placement process. Transfer students must have at least 12 credits at the time of application with a minimum 2.0 overall GPA including an English and mathematics course, or they must provide their high school records and ACT/SAT16 scores for admission review.

General Education Requirements

This degree requires completion of the General Education requirements for a Bachelor of Science degree. Details of these requirements are delineated on the General Education website.

All University General Education requirements can be found here:

Please consult this link for a complete listing of General Education Electives:

Consult the official checksheet or program advisor for program specific General Education requirements.

Graduation Requirements

The Spanish for the Professions program leads to a Bachelor of Science degree. Graduation requires a 2.0 cumulative GPA in all coursework required for graduation. All Spanish major courses under the prefix SPAN must be completed with a grade of ‘C’ or better, otherwise students must repeat the course. Students entering below a 300 level are recommended to take SPAN 102, 201 and 202 as general education electives. This major requires a minimum of 40 credits at the 300 level or higher and 121 semester credits minimum. A maximum of 1/3 of the credits, but no more than 7 credits, in a minor may overlap with the student's major.  Students may apply 6 credit hours of overlap between minors.

 More Information

ADVISOR: Dr. Eric Warner
PHONE: 231-591-5049

Department of English, Literature, and World Languages 
Ferris State University
820 Campus Drive/ASC 3080
Big Rapids, MI 49307-2225
Phone: 231-591-3988

Required Courses
Credit Hours

Spanish Major Courses
Beginning Spanish 1
Beginning Spanish 2
Intermediate Spanish 1
Intermediate Spanish 2
Advanced Spanish 1
Advanced Spanish 2
Contemp Cult-Soc Hispan Americ
Hispanic Cinema
Span Culture Professions
Internship in Spanish
Senior Capstone in Spanish
Choose 3 courses where one is related to your primary major
Survey of Spanish Literature
Contemp Culture-Soc of Spain
Business Spanish
Spanish for Health Professions
Span Social Services Outreach
Special Studies in SPAN
1 TO 4
Intercultural Professional Courses
Choose 3 courses
Medical Anthropology
Intercultural Communication
Diversity and Communication
Gender and Race in Film
French Culture
World Medical Geography
German Culture
Reps of the Holocaust
Latin American History
International Business Systems
Cross-Cultural Business
Topics Non-Western World Lit
World Folk Literature
Transcultural Nursing
International Politics
Race and Ethnicity in the U.S.
General Education 

This degree requires completion of the General Education requirements for a Bachelor of Science degree. Details of these requirements are delineated on the General Education website. Courses listed below as program/major required courses with the indicators C, S, Z, R, G may also be used to satisfy some of these general education requirements.
Consult Program Coordinator for proper course selection.  Options include: Technical and Professional Communication, Advertising/Integrated Marketing Communications, Communication, Community Studies, Criminal Justice, Film Studies, Forensic Science, French, Health Illness and Society, Homeland Security, Digital Security and Forensics, Human Resource Management, International Business, International Studies, Lean Healthcare, Marketing/Sales, Multi-Media Journalism, Multicultural Relations in the US, Political Science, Public Relations, Restaurant and Food Industry/Hotel Management, Sports Communication Minor, Women and Gender Studies
Additional Electives
To a total of 120 credit hours