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Certificate Hispanic Studies

 Course Level
Certificate / Diploma
Full Time

1 Year
 Start month

 Tuition fee

51464 USD
51464 USD

Application fee

International 75 USD
National 75 USD
School of Arts and Science
Scores accepted
IELTS (min)7
TOEFL-IBT (min)100
TOEFL-PBT (min)600
SAT (avg)1600
ACT (avg)32

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About this course

The demographic, economic and political realities of the United States, the articulation of a mainstream English culture with an always increasing diversity of Hispanic and Latino cultures, and the ongoing forging of strong cultural and economic ties throughout the Americas, have moved Spanish out of the bounds of the category of "foreign" language and culture in this country. There are many instances that point to the fact that Spanish will become--de facto if not officially--a second national language and culture of the United States. Furthermore, in Europe, Spain is assuming an ever-more significant role in the affairs of the European Union. The Spanish transition to democracy in the 1970s fostered an environment of cultural, linguistic and political diversity that for half a century has served as a fascinating model for the rest of Europe, both east and west.

Hence, the knowledge of Spanish culture gives students much more than the ability to communicate in the third-most-spoken language of the world. It prepares them to account for an entirely different national, continental and global reality in all its complexity. Since culture is the controlling category in this field of studies, the major in Hispanic Studies orients itself to the types of knowledge generated by new disciplines such as cultural studies, new historicism, ethics, and postcolonial studies.

Majors in Hispanic Studies are overwhelmingly double majors. This means that they bring to their classes a dialogic perspective that engages in the study of Hispanic cultures informed by interest in other fields such as history, government, sociology, economics, medicine, and law. The richness and depth of these interests make for lively and intellectually rewarding classroom discussions.

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Eligibility Criteria

Eng lang – On the TOEFL-iBT exam (Internet-Based Test), competitive applicants tend to have a composite score of 100 and above (the exam is scaled from 0-120, with 120 being a perfect score) with demonstrated consistency on each section of the exam (reading, listening, speaking, and writing). On the Paper- Based TOEFL, Penn tends to admit students with a score of 600 and above (the exam is scaled from 310 to 677, with 677 being a perfect score).

  • IELTS - 7.0
  • GRE - 307
  • GMAT - 732


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Course Modules

  • Students who have completed any three courses in the 200-300 level sequence are eligible for the Language Certificate in Spanish.
  • At least two (2) of these courses must be taken in the department at Penn.
  • Only courses taught in Spanish count toward the Certificate.
  • An average grade of "B+" or above is required across all three courses.

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How to Apply

 Required Materials

  • Common Application & Penn Writing Supplement
  • Official High School Transcript
  • School Report
  • Counselor Recommendation
  • Academic Teacher Evaluations (2)
  • Early Decision Agreement
  • Mid-Year Report
  • Final Report

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