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The Spanish minor examines Spanish language, culture, history, and literature. Students who choose this minor often major in business, education, nursing, journalism, reconciliation studies, or biblical and theological studies.

Why should I study Spanish?

Spanish isn’t just a foreign language anymore—it’s currently the second most commonly spoken language in the U.S and the national language in 21 countries in Latin America and Europe. Spanish is a high-demand language in many fields, including education, business, healthcare, communication and marketing, and psychology. By developing a deeper understanding of culture and identity, you’ll be equipped to engage with Spanish-speaking people from all over the world.

What skills will I develop?

With a minor in Spanish, you'll be prepared to:

  • Engage meaningfully with other cultures
  • Use critical theory to unpack issues of power, race, gender, and social class
  • Practice empathy and openness
  • Adapt to new places and situations
  • Thrive and establish lasting relationships in Spanish-speaking cultures
  • Understand your own culture and other cultures
  • Think critically
  • Communicate effectively in writing and speaking

Classes that count toward your Spanish minor:

  • SPA 201S Intermediate Spanish I
  • SPA 202UZ Intermediate Spanish II
  • SPA 261S Spanish for Health Professionals
  • SPA 340U Ibero-American History
  • SPA 292S Ibero-American History in Spain
  • SPA 322U Hispanic Cultures
  • SPA 303U Historic Spain and its Cultures
  • SPA 300 Introduction to Hispanic Literature
  • SPA 342 Readings from Latin America and Spain
  • BUS/SPA 327 Marketing and Management in Spain 
  • EDU 426 Methods in Teaching K-12 World Languages and Cultures 
  • LIN 210Z Introduction to Second Language Acquisition
  • SPA 120A Photography in Spain


department graduates have won the Foreign Language Student Teacher of the Year award granted by the Minnesota Council on the Teaching of Languages and Cultures


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