Candidates who wish to obtain the UAB Spanish for Specific Purposes Certificate must fulfill the following requirements.

UAB Students

Regular (degree-seeking) UAB students will:
  1. Have completed the Spanish pre-requisites specific to each SSPC course.
  2. Enter with and maintain a minimum of 2.8 GPA in Spanish courses.
  3. Submit an electronic application and receive formal acceptance to the SSPC program.
  4. Obtain a B grade or above in all SSPC courses (students will be able to retake courses for a higher grade).
  5. Complete a minimum of 6 classes (18 credit hours) of SSP classes in the UAB Department of World Languages and Literatures, of which a minimum of 12 credits must be at the 300 level (3 SSP/SPA classes and a world language internship).
  6. Complete a successful SSP Internship or service-learning course (3 credit hours) as part of the credit hour requirements.
  7. Complete a successful exit proficiency exam in Spanish (Intermediate-Mid or above by ACTFL guidelines).

Nontraditional Students

In addition to the requirements specified above, nontraditional students will have a minimum of 12 credit hours of successful college-level work (grade C or above in all courses), with the following minimum distribution: at least 6 credit hours in English Composition (Area 1), at least 3 credit hours in Arts and Humanities (Area 2), and at least 3 credit hours in Social Sciences (Area 4). Please see the UAB course catalog for descriptions of the core curriculum areas.

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