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Spanish Language Institute

BSW students may apply for an intensive summer study of Spanish (both Summer Sessions) and earn all 14 hours of Spanish credit in one summer. The Department of Modern Languages and the School of Social Work sponsor Spanish for Social Work, an intensive Spanish instruction program leading to academic credit for Spanish 1410, 1420, 2310, and 2320. Students enroll in special sections of Spanish 1410 and 1420 during Summer I and similar sections of 2310 and 2320 in Summer II. Enrollment is limited to 24 students who are enrolled in the BSW program.

The course meets five days a week for 3.5 hours during both Summer I and II. Students learn oral skills, Mexican pronunciation, and vocabulary germane to social work practice. Graduates consistently report that this unique opportunity is an extremely valuable experience.

Application and Screening

To apply for Spanish for Social Work (Spanish Language Institute), students must first complete an application form (available below) and attach either an official current Texas State transcript or a copy of the student’s most current advising transcript. Students are to submit the completed application to staff at the School of Social Work main office.



Students are accepted into the Institute based on multiple criteria: overall GPA, Social Work GPA, major status, and expected graduation date. The School posts an acceptance and waiting list outside the Social Work office in mid-March. Students who are accepted must notify the School if they intend to enroll for that summer by the indicated due date. Students on the waiting list are moved into available slots. Remaining students on the waiting list have first priority for the next summer’s class.


Students must pre-register using a special code; the course is not listed in the catalog since it is only open to social work majors. This code is available from staff at the School of Social Work main office.