Spanish for the Professions

The Department of Spanish and Portuguese has an interdisciplinary major in Spanish for the Professions. This option in the Spanish major offers exciting career possibilities, both in government and private industry, at home and abroad. Languages are extremely useful in business, industry, commerce, civil service, law, library science, media, science, economics, health and social sciences. Students who follow this course of study could also qualify as teachers of general business subjects in bilingual as well as traditional school systems. This major has the approval of the College of Arts and Sciences and has the cooperation of the Leeds School of Business. Those choosing this major will not be able to enter our graduate program in Spanish without fulfilling the requirements in the Language and Literature major.

Students with bilingual and international interests with majors other than Spanish (i.e., Latin American Studies, International Affairs, Chicano Studies, Economics, Law, Nursing, Public Administration, and Journalism) may participate by choosing appropriate electives in the International Spanish for the Professions major.

International Spanish for the Professions is a controlled enrollment major which takes two years to complete. Spanish 3040 and 4070 must be taken at CU-Boulder.


Dr. Mary K. Long is Director of the International Spanish for the Professions major. In addition to coordinating and teaching the core courses for the major, Professor Long advices students about the BA-MSIB (Masters of Science in International Business) Joint program with the Center for International Business Education Research (CIBER) on the Denver campus and also provides study abroad advising for International Spanish for the Professions majors. She has published on Mexican literature and culture and is the co-editor of the volume Mexico Reading the United States, (Vanderbilt UP 2009). She has also published in the area of international business language and culture in the Journal of Language for International Business as well as contributing to volumes published by AATSP/Thomson and the Edwin Mellon Press. Her research in this area focuses on cross-cultural communication and cultural sustainability in the global setting. She has received CIBER faculty development grants to attend Faculty Development in International Business (FDIB) programs in Latin America, China, and Eastern Europe as well as short programs focused on the U.S./Mexico border region. She has offered workshops on writing case studies for the business-language classroom and consults locally for Tucker International, assisting with cultural orientation programs for Latin American executives coming to the United States and US executives going to Latin America.  She was a founding member of the education task force of the Denver based Chamber of the Americas international business organization.

Karen Gaston Malcolm, Instructor, M.A. University of Nebraska – Lincoln, B.A. University of Arkansas - Little Rock.  Karen has taught beginning, intermediate and advanced courses for the Spanish Department and currently teaches SPAN 4060 and Span 4070, Problems in Business Translation I and II. She coordinates Spanish 1020, Beginning Spanish Two where she supervises second-year TA’s.  In addition she is the coordinator for the Department’s Service Learning program. Karen has worked as a professional translator/interpreter in Chile, Ecuador, Mexico and Peru with companies such as Deloitte & Touche, KPMG, PricewaterhouseCoopers, Standard &Poor’s and the taxing authorities of the above mentioned countries.  Her professional development includes attending the “Consejo Latinoamericano de Escuelas de Administración” conferences in Santiago, Chile and Guayaquil, Ecuador, the University of South Carolina Darla Moore School for International Business Education, plus the University of Colorado Peak to Peak Project for Faculty Development in Sustainability

Adriana Cabeza, Lecturer, M.A. University of Colorado at a native of Argentina, and has been teaching in our department for more than a decade. She is interested in Entrepreneurship, Sustainability, and Ethics in Business. Her teaching aims to develop the language skills for the students to undertake their global economic endeavors, focusing on the juxtaposition of maximization of profit and the impact business has on the world."