Biliterate Certificate Program


Spanish-speaking students can earn traditional undergraduate degrees with dual-language emphasis through the Biliterate Certificate Program. The Biliterate Certificate is available with all undergraduate majors. 

How it Works

Students take specialized Spanish classes and fulfill a portion of their major/minor requirements by taking courses taught in Spanish. Following completion of program requirements, students earn a Biliterate Certificate that shows they have the valuable and marketable skills to speak, read and write professionally in either English or Spanish. Biliterate Certificate Program graduates are prepared for careers in environments where either language is spoken.

Admissions Requirements

Students applying for the Biliterate Certificate must have an intermediate level of proficiency in Spanish and are required to submit the following:
  • Application for admission to Our Lady of the Lake University*

*Note: Additional applications are required for individuals who major in business, communication disorders or social work. Contact these departments for more information.

Biliterate Degree Options
  • Business degree with a biliterate certificate
  • Communication Arts degree with a biliterate certificate
  • Communication and Learning Disorders with biliterate certificate
  • Psychology degree with biliterate certificate
  • Social Work degree with biliterate certificate
  • Biliterate certificate with all other degree programs

General Course Requirements

  • Advanced Spanish Grammar, Reading, Composition I, II
  • Professional Oral and Written Communication in Spanish
  • Choose one of the following:
    • Masterpieces of Spanish Literature
    • Masterpieces of Latin American Literature
    • Survey of Mexican Literature
  • Choose one of the following:
    • Civilization and Culture of Spain
    • Civilization and Culture of Latin America
    • Civilization and Culture of Mexico
    • Spanish in the United States
  • Practicum or internship in Spanish-speaking setting or one semester of study abroad in a Spanish-speaking country with capstone project