Complete four courses in twelve months to attain the ESU Certificate in Professional Spanish.

Spanish continues to grow as an important professional language. Nationally, the demand for bilingual workers has more than doubled in five years (source: New American Economy). Pew Research has noted ongoing numerical growth among Hispanics, and an increase in educational attainment. Spanish-speakers will continue to assume key roles as influential innovators in all economic areas.

As Spanish becomes more prevalent in all sectors of the American economy, the ESU online graduate certificate in Professional Spanish can enhance the effectiveness of professionals who are already conversationally proficient in the language.

Benefits of this certificate include greater workplace performance, improved professional satisfaction, heightened viability in the job market, and the ability to connect with the increasing demand for services within Hispanic communities. Companies and organizations may see lowered costs and higher customer satisfaction due to more effective Spanish-English communication.

Why should you obtain this certificate? Consider two factors

  • Your Professional Sector: Coursework connects broadly across a wide array of professional areas, including healthcare, small- and large-scale business, finance, manufacturing, government, education, social services and non-profits.
  • Your Language Skills: Students in this certificate program often bring strong cultural familiarity with Hispanic communities, and gain more precision and depth in their use of Spanish. Proficiency levels in speaking and writing vary. If your communication in Spanish is at a useful, functional level, a virtual interview will then help confirm a good match to the program coursework.

All coursework is online, and courses may be completed in any order.

Four courses (twelve credits) are required. Take three of these core courses (three credits each):

Take one culturally-oriented course (three credits each):

All courses focus on diverse societies in the US and abroad, with varying forms and usage of the Spanish language, and varying professional and cultural landscapes. Together, they ensure a solid base for participants seeking to raise their professional profile and workplace effectiveness.

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For more information regarding the Professional Spanish Certificate, please contact Dr. Jeff Ruth at (570) 422-3419 or

Contact Information

Campus Address
Stroud Hall 208
(570) 422-3407
Title of Department Leader
Jeff Ruth
(570) 422-3419