Spanish, Minor

Program Code: SPAN_UMNR

Program Requirements

Requirement Credits
Requirements for the Minor 18

Requirements for the Minor

Courses that do not require knowledge of Spanish may not be counted toward the minor.

A grade of C or better is required for all courses in the minor, as specified by Senate Policy 59-10.

Additional Courses
Additional Courses: Require a grade of C or better
SPAN 200Intensive Grammar and Composition 13
or SPAN 301 Advanced Writing and Stylistics in Spanish for Spanish Speakers
SPAN 215Introduction to Spanish Linguistics3
or SPAN 253W Introduction to Hispanic Literature
Select one of the following:3
Intermediate Grammar and Composition 1
Intermediate Grammar and Composition for Spanish Bilinguals
Intermediate Grammar and Composition for Students in Medical-Related Fields
Intermediate Grammar and Composition for Students in Communication-related Fields
Supporting Courses and Related Areas
Supporting Courses and Related Areas: Require a grade of C or better
Select 3 credits of the following:3
Readings in Iberian Civilization
Readings in Ibero-American Civilization
Special Topics
Foreign Study--Intermediate Conversational Spanish
Advanced Grammar and Composition Through Reading 1
Spanish for Social Services
Spanish Sounds
Building Words and Sentences in Spanish
Topics in the Cultures of Spain
Topics in Border Studies
Topics in the Cultures of Latin America
Topics in the Cultures of the Americas
Special Topics
Foreign Study--Spanish
Select 6 credits of the following:6
Advanced Oral Expression and Communication 1
Translation
Interpretation
The Evolution of Spanish
Spanish for Business and International Trade
Don Quijote
The Contemporary Spanish American Novel
Many Mexicos
Masterpieces of Spanish American Literature
U.S. Latina/o Culture en Espanol Keystone/General Education Course
Masterpieces of Spanish Prose
Special Topics
Foreign Study--Spanish

SPAN 199, SPAN 299, SPAN 399, and SPAN 499 (Study Abroad - Spanish) and SPAN 197, SPAN 297, SPAN 397, SPAN 497 (Special Topics Courses) may also be applied to the Spanish minor and will be substituted for the appropriate course by the Spanish minor adviser. All courses taken abroad must be taught in Spanish.

NOTE: SPAN 130, SPAN 131, SPAN 230 and any course that does not require a knowledge of Spanish do not count toward the Spanish minor.

Academic Advising

The objectives of the university’s academic advising program are to help advisees identify and achieve their academic goals, to promote their intellectual discovery, and to encourage students to take advantage of both in-and out-of class educational opportunities in order that they become self-directed learners and decision makers.

Both advisers and advisees share responsibility for making the advising relationship succeed. By encouraging their advisees to become engaged in their education, to meet their educational goals, and to develop the habit of learning, advisers assume a significant educational role. The advisee’s unit of enrollment will provide each advisee with a primary academic adviser, the information needed to plan the chosen program of study, and referrals to other specialized resources.

READ SENATE POLICY 32-00: ADVISING POLICY

University Park

Liberal Arts Academic Advising
814-865-2545
http://starfish.psu.edu
http://www.la.psu.edu/current-students/undergraduate-students/education/majors-and-minors

Altoona

Kathryn A. Mussett
Assistant Teaching Professor, Spanish
Hawthorn Building 126
3000 Ivyside Park
Altoona, PA 16601
814-949-5211
kam13@psu.edu

Berks

Rosario Torres
Associate Professor of Spanish
Gaige 314
Reading, PA 19610
610-396-6408
rzt1@psu.edu

Erie

Soledad Traverso, Ph.D.
Professor of Spanish
156 Kochel
Erie, PA 16563
814-898-6237
sxt19@psu.edu

Career Paths

A minor in Spanish enhances almost any major, as it indicates a level of proficiency that employers in government, business, law, medicine, and education value. If in addition to completing a minor you have also studied in Spain or Latin America, you will find that your knowledge of Spanish language and culture will place you ahead of other applicants. You will very likely discover that while you may not be hired because of your Spanish skill, it will never be irrelevant. When your employer realizes you can communicate with foreign clients, vendors, officials, patients, students, migrants, your stock may soar.

Careers

Your minor in Spanish will appeal to employers in business, who value international competence; in government, where you may find a career with almost every agency serving an increasing Hispanic population; in medicine, where health care practitioners with knowledge of Spanish are in great demand; in law and law enforcement, where too few are trained to address the needs and interests of Spanish speakers. No matter what your major might be, or where your career may take you, your Spanish minor will be a significant career enhancer.

Opportunities for Graduate Studies

A minor in Spanish will cover your foreign language requirement in graduate school. It will also strengthen your application to graduate school in certain fields, including comparative literature, international relations or politics, medicine, law, cultural anthropology, and sociology.

Contact

University Park

DEPARTMENT OF SPANISH, ITALIAN AND PORTUGUESE
442 Burrowes Building
University Park, PA 16802
814-865-4252
sp-it-port@psu.edu

http://www.sip.la.psu.edu

Altoona

DIVISION OF ARTS AND HUMANITIES
Hawthorn Building 126
3000 Ivyside Park
Altoona, PA 16601
814-949-5211
kam13@psu.edu

http://altoona.psu.edu/person/kathryn-mussett

Berks

DIVISION OF HUMANITIES, ARTS AND SOCIAL SCIENCES
Franco Building
Reading, PA 19610
610-396-6408
rzt1@psu.edu

Erie

SCHOOL OF HUMANITIES AND SOCIAL SCIENCES
170 Irvin Kochel Center
4951 College Drive
Erie, PA 16563
814-898-6108
HumSocSci@psu.edu

http://behrend.psu.edu/school-of-humanities-social-sciences