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Department of Languages and Literature

Medical Spanish

The Department's major concentration and minors in Medical Spanish are rigorous programs of study for students interested in careers in health care. With their emphasis on developing language skills and cultural knowledge particularly useful for careers in medicine, social work, and emergency response, these programs can be profitably combined with majors in a variety of areas, including health science, biology, criminal justice, and nutrition.

Medical Spanish tracks

We currently offer three distinct tracks in Medical Spanish: a concentration within the Spanish major and two minors. Each of these tracks emphasizes different competencies. Click on any of the following links to learn about each one:

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Additional information about the programs in Medical Spanish

Students working toward a major concentration or minor in Medical Spanish will benefit from combining the program with another major or minor in the health sciences, biology, criminal justice, nutrition, or other pre-professional program. A member of the Spanish faculty will work with each student to design a personalized academic plan that will ensure that the requirements of both programs are satisfied. In order to facilitate combination with study in other areas, the courses required for the Medical Spanish programs satisfy a number of General Education Curriculum requirements, including the QHT (Historical), QLR (Literary / Rhetorical), WI (Writing Intensive), G (Global), and EL (Engaged Learning) requirements.

Medical Spanish students will hone their language and cultural proficiency by participating in an internship and/or service learning experience in a medical setting, either in the United States or in a Spanish-speaking country. In these experiences, they will apply what they have learned in the classroom in a real-world context and gain an advantage as they pursue a career or graduate studies in their chosen field. 

Prior to graduation, students in the Medical Spanish programs must demonstrate their oral proficiency in Spanish by means of an American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL) oral proficiency exam, based on which they will receive a nationally-recognized certificate of their oral Spanish proficiency. Medical Spanish minors are expected to achieve Intermediate-Mid level oral proficiency, while students pursuing the Medical Spanish major concentration or the Introduction to Medical Spanish Interpretation minor are expected to demonstrate Intermediate-High level proficiency according to ACTFL guidelines.