Spanish for Specific Purposes Program


The Department of Foreign Languages and Literatures at UAB offers the Spanish for Specific Purposes (SSP) Certificate. The courses have been designed for traditional as well as non-traditional students.

The objective of this program is not only to fulfill UAB students' academic needs for their future but also to reach out to local professionals. The growing Hispanic community in the Birmingham area is a reality and therefore, each day more and more professionals such as teachers, medical care professionals, business people, law enforcement officers and others have the need to communicate with the Hispanic community.

Besides having professionals in the classroom, the student body also consists of education, business, law enforcement and health care students who have anticipated the need for the Spanish language and culture in their future careers. The courses are content, vocabulary and culture-based. Students learn the vocabulary, language and cultural background that they will use in their professional field through extensive practice in class and, in some specific cases, out of class as well.

SSPC Information (PDF):

For advising, contact:

Dr. Lourdes Sánchez-López
Director, Spanish for Specific Purposes Program
Phone: (205) 934-8281