College of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences

International Certificate in Cultural Competency
and Communications in Spanish

Students who complete this certificate will be functionally bilingual and able to perform linguistically in a culturally sensitive manner within the biomedical environment. A required study abroad will allow students to gain experiential knowledge, expanding their cultural sensitivities and functionality in a foreign environment. Because of limited resources, the program will have a cap on the number of students admitted. All courses in the program must be completed with grade of C or better. The certificate will be awarded upon completion of a B.S. degree in Biomedical Science. To earn the certificate, students are required to complete:

  1. A minimum of 9 hours of Spanish credit to include:
    SPAN 201a
    SPAN 202
    SPAN 300/400 level course of the student's choice
  2. A minimum of 6 credit hours of area studies from an approved course list.b
  3. A capstone course: VTPB 303 for 3 hours.c
  4. An International Experience approved by the Biomedical Science Program.d
  1. SPAN 221 and 222 are acceptable submstitutions, when taken abroad, for 201 and 202.
  2. The certificate was deisgned with the student’s required Texas A&M Core Curriculum in mind. Many of the courses on the approved list will count as a humanities, visual and performing arts, or social and behavioral sciences. It is up to the student to compare the two lists and to work with their academic advisor to choose courses appropriate to their degree plan.
  3. It is suggested that students enroll in this course after the completion of at least SPAN 202 or equivalent.
  4. This requirement may be satisfied by an approved study abroad program, an international internship, or a directed study experience in a Spanish-speaking country.