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Spanish Minor

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

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.

Placement in Courses

All students new to SLLC courses must take the online Foreign Language Placement Assessment (FLPA) before registering for classes.

Spanish Literature, Linguistics, and Culture Minor

Prerequisites

SPAN103, SPAN203, SPAN204, or equivalent.

Course Requirements

Core Courses - 12 credits
SPAN207 - Reading and Writing in Spanish 
SPAN301 - Advanced Grammar and Composition I
SPAN303 - Approaches to Cultural Materials in the Hispanic World
SPAN311 - Advanced Communication I or SPAN316 - Spanish Translation I

Select one of the following - 3 credits
SPAN325 - Hispanic Linguistics I: Phonetics and Phonology    
SPAN331 - Spanish Culture, Civilization and Literature I: Medieval Times    
SPAN332 - Spanish Culture, Civilization and Literature II: Renaissance and Baroque    
SPAN333 - Spanish Culture, Civilization and Literature III: Modern Times    
SPAN361 - Latin American Literatures and Cultures I: From Pre-Columbian to Colonial Times    
SPAN362 - Latin American Literatures and Cultures II: From Independence to Nation Formation    
SPAN363 - Latin American Literatures and Cultures III: From Modernism to Neo-Liberalism    

Select one of the following: 3 credits 
One 4xx-level course in Spanish or Latin American Literature, Culture, and Media
SPAN425 - Hispanic Linguistics II: Structures of Spanish    
or SPAN426 - Hispanic Linguistics III: Language in Use

Total Credits - 18

Note: All courses must be in Spanish

  • Heritage learners who place out of SPAN206 can follow the sequence SPAN306 (Spanish for Heritage Speakers II) and SPAN307 (Oral Communication Skills for Heritage Speakers of Spanish).
  • Native speakers and all others with the ability to begin coursework at a higher level should speak with the Spanish Undergraduate Advisor for course substitutions.
  • It is not permitted for students to take SPAN301 and SPAN303 simultaneously; this is possible only by permission of the Spanish Undergraduate Advisor. 
  • Two courses (up to six credits) from study abroad may apply toward the minor.

Spanish Language, Culture, and Professional Contexts Minor

Prerequisites

SPAN103, SPAN203, SPAN204, or equivalent.

Course Requirements

SPAN207    Reading and Writing in Spanish - 3
SPAN301 -  Advanced Grammar and Composition I - 3
SPAN303 - Approaches to Cultural Materials in the Hispanic World - 3
SPAN311 - Advanced Communication I or SPAN316 - Spanish Translation I - 3

Select one of the following: 3 credits

  • SPAN331 - Spanish Culture, Civilization and Literature I: Medieval Times    
  • SPAN332 - Spanish Culture, Civilization and Literature II: Renaissance and Baroque    
  • SPAN333 - Spanish Culture, Civilization and Literature III: Modern Times    
  • SPAN361 - Latin American Literatures and Cultures I: From Pre-Columbian to Colonial Times    
  • SPAN362 - Latin American Literatures and Cultures II: From Independence to Nation Formation    
  • SPAN363 - Latin American Literatures and Cultures III: From Modernism to Neo-Liberalism    

Select one of the following: 3 credits

Select one 3xx or 4xx-level course in Language, Culture, and Professional Contexts*

  • SPAN318 - Translation of Technical Texts    
  • SPAN370 - Spanish for Business I    
  • SPAN371 - Spanish for the Health Professions    
  • SPAN373 - Spanish in the Media    
  • SPAN374 - Spanish in the Community    
  • SPAN375 - Spanish in the Life Sciences    
  • SPAN422 - Intercultural Communication and Negotiation    
  • SPAN470 - Spanish for Business II    

*Areas include: translation, business, media, health, community engagement/education, law and life sciences. 

Note: All courses must be in Spanish

  • Heritage learners who place out of SPAN206 can follow the sequence SPAN306 (Spanish for Heritage Speakers II) and SPAN307 (Oral Communication Skills for Heritage Speakers of Spanish).
  • Native speakers and all others with the ability to begin coursework at a higher level should speak with the Spanish Undergraduate Advisor for course substitutions.
  • It is not permitted for students to take SPAN301 and SPAN303 simultaneously; this is possible only by permission of the Spanish Undergraduate Advisor. 
  • Two courses (up to six credits) from study abroad may apply toward the minor.

Spanish Heritage Language and Latina/o Culture Minor

Prerequisites

Prerequisites

SPAN103, SPAN203, SPAN204, or equivalent.

 

Course Requirements

  • SPAN206 - Spanish for Heritage Speakers I - 3 credits
  • SPAN306 - Spanish for Heritage Speakers II - 3 credits
  • SPAN303 - Approaches to Cultural Materials in the Hispanic World - 3 credits
  • SPAN311 - Advanced Communication I or SPAN316 - Spanish Translation I - 3 credits

Select one of the following:    3 credits

  • SPAN307 - Oral Communication Skills for Heritage Speakers of Spanish    
  • SPAN325 - Hispanic Linguistics I: Phonetics and Phonology    
  • SPAN331 - Spanish Culture, Civilization and Literature I: Medieval Times    
  • SPAN332 - Spanish Culture, Civilization and Literature II: Renaissance and Baroque    
  • SPAN333 - Spanish Culture, Civilization and Literature III: Modern Times    
  • SPAN361 - Latin American Literatures and Cultures I: From Pre-Columbian to Colonial Times    
  • SPAN362 - Latin American Literatures and Cultures II: From Independence to Nation Formation    
  • SPAN363 - Latin American Literatures and Cultures III: From Modernism to Neo-Liberalism    

Select one of the following:    3 credits
One 3xx or 4xx-level course in Language, Culture, and Professional Contexts: 

  • SPAN318 - Translation of Technical Texts    
  • SPAN370 - Spanish for Business I    
  • SPAN371 - Spanish for the Health Professions    
  • SPAN372 - Spanish and the Law    
  • SPAN373 - Spanish in the Media    
  • SPAN374 - Spanish in the Community    
  • SPAN375 - Spanish in the Life Sciences    
  • SPAN422 - Intercultural Communication and Negotiation    
  • SPAN470 - Spanish for Business II    

One 3xx or 4xx-level course in Spanish or Latin American Literature, Culture, and Media

  • SPAN425 - Hispanic Linguistics II: Structures of Spanish or SPAN426 - Hispanic Linguistics III: Language in Use
  • Cross-listed with USLT and Bilingual Courses

Total Credits - 18

Note: All courses must be in Spanish

  • Heritage learners who place out of SPAN206 can follow the sequence SPAN306 (Spanish for Heritage Speakers II) and SPAN307 (Oral Communication Skills for Heritage Speakers of Spanish).
  • Native speakers and all others with the ability to begin coursework at a higher level should speak with the Spanish Undergraduate Advisor for course substitutions.
  • It is not permitted for students to take SPAN301 and SPAN303 simultaneously; this is possible only by permission of the Spanish Undergraduate Advisor. 
  • Two courses (up to six credits) from study abroad may apply toward the minor.

Courses for Heritage Speakers

The Department of Spanish and Portuguese offers several courses specifically designed for Spanish heritage learners. 

Spanish heritage learners are students who have a linguistic and cultural connection with the Spanish language. This may be because they come from homes where Spanish is spoken, their heritage is linked to a country or area where Spanish is spoken or they live or have lived in a community that speaks Spanish. 

The courses we offer recognize the diverse cultural and linguistic profiles of our students. Our classes can accommodate students who are exposed to Spanish-speaking environments in a variety of social and/or professional environments but understand or speak little Spanish. We can also help Spanish heritage learners who seek to strengthen their skills in professional or academic registers of Spanish. In general, our goal is to help students develop their Spanish skills so they feel more confident when using Spanish in different contexts. 

Our courses for Spanish heritage learners focus on strengthening and expanding students’ communicative competence in a variety of contexts and texts and fostering an appreciation for and understanding of the cultural and linguistic diversity of the Spanish-speaking world, including the United States. 

The department also offers a minor in heritage language and Latina/o culture. See here for more information on these courses.

The specific goals for each course are:

  • SPAN206 (Oral and Written Spanish for Native Speakers Educated in the US) identifies and expands the students’ bilingual range through intensive grammar review, vocabulary building, spelling and punctuation, and the development of advanced composition skills.
  • SPAN306 (Spanish II for Native Speakers) expands the students’ knowledge of Spanish through readings, written essays, and oral presentations. At the end of the course, students present small research projects on different aspects and issues related to the linguistic and cultural variation of local Latina/o communities.
  • SPAN307 (Oral Communication Skills for Native Speakers of Spanish) focuses on the development of techniques for public speaking in Spanish in a variety of contexts: organizing and presenting information, using rhetorical patterns for informative and persuasive goals, reducing speech anxiety and becoming aware of voice and body for clear and successful presentations in Spanish.
  • SPAN206, 306 and 307 often incorporate service learning components, whereby students conduct projects in local Latina/o communities, schools, and organizations. Another course, Spanish 386: Experiential Learning, coordinates opportunities for Spanish majors wishing to do internships, volunteer work, and research projects in Latina/o communities.

The department has had an FTE (a permanent position or line) in U.S. Latina/o/x literatures since 1998, one of the first departments in the mid-Atlantic region to open such a position in a Spanish department. Students who take Latino classes in Spanish include native Spanish speakers and heritage speakers from the U.S. and elsewhere, and new learners of the Spanish language. Discussions in U.S. Latino classes tend to be less corrective but enriched by the linguistic capacities and experiences of students.

Spanish Undergraduate Advisor

M. Christopher Lewis

Lecturer, School of Languages, Literatures, and Cultures
Lecturer, Spanish and Portuguese

(301) 405-6556

Heritage Students Advisor

Evelyn Canabal-Torres

Principal Lecturer, School of Languages, Literatures, and Cultures
Principal Lecturer, Spanish and Portuguese