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Why minor 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, and 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 212 Intermediate Spanish II
  • SPN 350 It's all Debatable! Communication in Spanish
  • SPN 351 Compose Yourself

Electives (9 credits in Spanish at the 300 or 400 level)

  • See course descriptions.