Minor in Spanish

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Undergraduate Minor in Spanish

As the world gets “smaller,” the need for people with language skills and cultural competency grows. Spanish is one of the world’s great languages of commerce and diplomacy, and has rich literary and cultural traditions. Students who graduate with a minor in Spanish have a diverse array of opportunities in many different fields, especially those with an international focus, including further specialized studies in literature, language, and culture, or careers in other fields such as education, public service, business, law, environmental policies, social services, medicine, or the arts. The undergraduate minor in Spanish consists of 18 credits of coursework beyond the prerequisite courses. Students can choose from 3 minor tracks, including: 1) Literature, Linguistics, and Culture; 2) Language, Culture, and Professional Contexts; and 3) Heritage Language and Latina/o Culture. To declare a minor in Spanish, students should meet with the Undergraduate Advisor to begin the process.

Study Abroad

All students minoring in Spanish are encouraged to study abroad in a Spanish-speaking environment. The Department of Spanish and Portuguese offers exciting opportunities for Spanish majors and minors to fulfill requirements abroad. See Education Abroad for more information.

Courses for Heritage Speakers

The Department of Spanish and Portuguese offers a minor track with courses specifically designed for heritage learners of Spanish, that is, students from homes where Spanish is spoken or students who have had strong exposure to Spanish in informal contexts. These courses accommodate students from a wide range of backgrounds, from those who are minimally functional (can comprehend Spanish but are not able to speak fluently, read or write) to those who are more proficient and/or literate in Spanish. The courses focus on the development of communicative competence in reading, writing, speaking and listening and viewing, as well as on understanding Hispanic cultures and issues of identity of heritage speakers of Spanish in the United States. Students will also develop an awareness and understanding of Hispanic cultures, including language variation, customs, geography, history, and current events. See here for more information on these courses.


Advisor:  Chris Lewis

Office: 2211 Jiménez

Phone: 301-405-6556

Email: spap-advise@umd.edu

For more information about advising, please visit the advising section of our website.

All students enrolling in an SLLC language course for the first time must take the online Foreign Language Placement Assessment (FLPA).

See TESTUDO for the current list of SPAN course offerings.