Certificate of Advanced Study

Most students in our courses are not necessarily majoring in Spanish. Often students continue to take Spanish while pursuing a major in a different department simply because they are interested in the language and culture. An increasing number of students pursue the certificate of advanced study (the equivalent of what would be considered a minor area of study at many universities and colleges).

Students who pursue the Certificate of Advanced Study in Spanish are required to complete 36 credits beyond the 103 level. The courses must be taught in Spanish. We limit the number of non-Carleton OCS credits that can be applied to the certificate to a total of 12, and these credits do not substitute for the 12 credits at the 300-level that students must complete on campus or through the departmental OCS programs.

The certificate allows for a maximum of flexibility in that students can take as many as 24 credits in the 204-299 range. Students who place out of 204 must still complete the six-course requirement. However, the most common scenario is that these students follow the progression that our majors follow and benefit from the general goals of the Spanish major.

To students of all four years who are interested in the certificate: please submit a declaration of intention to help us assist you in your planning and include you in the life of our department.  Filling out the declaration does not require you to complete the program nor does it substitute for the formal application you will need to fill out during your senior year.

To seniors who wish to apply for the certificate: download and fill out the Certificate of Advanced Study form, and hand it in along with your Hub transcript to Mary Tatge in LDC 340 by May 1.   Paper applications are also available in the department office.


“Though I majored in Latin American Studies, I completed the Spanish Certificate and spent most of my time at Carleton in the Spanish Department.  I found the courses and the professors in the Spanish department extremely engaging and challenging.  The thing I appreciate most about Carleton and about my experience with the Spanish department is how it pushed me outside of my comfort zone, leading me to explore places around the world and go beyond my limits.  The professors were always there to challenge and encourage me, both during my years at Carleton and after, and that has shaped my character and taught me lessons that I still apply every day.” (Amber Shields)