Spanish Language Specialization

An Optional Specialization for Criminal Justice Majors

Spanish is second most common of all the languages spoken in America, with more than 40 million people in this country who speak Spanish in their homes. Therefore, criminal justice professionals with a fundamental understanding of Spanish communication skills have an immediate advantage over their peers, allowing for much greater job opportunity and career growth in the fields of law enforcement.

The emphasis in this specialization is on oral communication, speaking and listening, as these will be the crucial skills for professionals working in Spanish-speaking communities. Students will be able to put to immediate use the areas covered in this class once they enter the working world.

You'll learn:

  • conversational Spanish, providing one of the most relevant and in-demand skills for future criminal justice and human service professionals;
  • extensive vocabulary to interact in everyday situations, including practicing, grammar, dialogues and role-playing interviews; and
  • current events and contemporary issues, including religion and politics.


Students will take one Spanish course in the second semester of their third year, another in the first semester of their fourth year (6 credits) and two more Spanish course in the second semester of their fourth year (6 credits). When students graduate, they will be prepared to pass an ACTFL examination for a certificate in speaking and understanding Spanish.