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Spanish Minor


Why study Spanish? Spanish ranks as the world's No. 2 language (only behind Chinese) in terms of how many people speak it as their first language and it takes third place with respect to the internet. Today Spanish is an official language of the UN and its institutions, the European Union and other international organizations.

Learning the Spanish language and the cultures of the 20 countries where it is an official language is important for many majors including International Business and International Studies. Achieving a Spanish minor provides students with the appropriate level of proficiency in the language to handle communication tasks necessary for government agencies and private companies with either an international reach or a connection to the US population that speaks a language other than English. Students acquire knowledge of the cultures related to the language studied, making them better able to understand and work with these communities. Knowledge of another language and culture is also desirable in many other professions. Students who compliment their degree in health care, social work, criminal justice, communications with the study of languages and cultures are better able to understand, serve, and communicate with the diverse population in the US. The courses offered for the Spanish minor teach students to identify and appreciate cultural connections and differences, helping them grow into their role as global citizens.

Admission to the Program

Any undergraduate student can declare this minor.

Program Requirements

All courses in the minor must be completed with a grade of "C" or higher. Courses with grades lower than "C" must be repeated.

The minor in Spanish consists of 18 credits as follows:

Required Courses

  • SPN 350 It's all Debatable! Communication in Spanish
  • SPN 351 Compose Yourself
  • SPN 461 Advanced Spanish Grammar


Department of Modern Languages and Cultures

Department Chair: Andrea Parada
Location: Liberal Arts 131
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Phone: (585) 395-2269
Fax: (585) 395-2448

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Faculty & Staff

Anthony A Aponte MS
(SUNY College At Brockport)

Ewelina Barski-Moskal Ph.D
(University of Western Ontario)
Assistant Professor

Dorene Estrada MA
(SUNY College At Brockport)
Adjunct Lecturer

Shan Feng MS
(Southeast University)

LuAnne Jewell
Secretary 1

Rita Kuzma MED
(SUNY At Buffalo)

Christina Leavitt-Garitselov MSED
(SUNY College At Brockport)

Rachel A Linville Ph.D
(University Of North Carolina At Chapel Hill)
Associate Professor

El Haj Marigh BA
(SUNY College At Brockport)
Adjunct Lecturer

Beatriz Muller-Marques MA
(University Of South Florida)
Visiting Assistant Professor

Skye Paine
Assistant Professor

Andrea Parada Ph.D
(University Of Michigan-Ann Arbor)
Professor + Interim Chair

Susan Rizzo MS
(Rochester Institute Of Technology)
Lecturer (csl)

Nathaniel Sluk MA
(University Of Rochester)
Adjunct Lecturer

Ismael Souto Rumbo MA
(University Of Kansas Main Campus)
Visiting Assistant Professor

Emiko Takai MA
(SUNY At Buffalo)

Ida G Wilder MSED
(Nazareth College Of Rochester)

Donna Wilkerson-Barker Ph.D
(University Of North Carolina At Chapel Hill)
Associate Professor