Spanish, Minor

Program Code: SPAN_UMNR

What is Spanish?

Spanish is the native language of nearly 500 million people, making it the second-most widely spoken language in the world. It is an official language in 21 countries, each with a rich history and culture that are reflected in the grammar, vocabulary and pronunciation of this one language in its many dialectal variations. It is one of the six official languages of the United Nations, and is the second most spoken language in the United States, which currently ranks as the third largest Spanish-speaking country in the world (after Mexico and Colombia).

You Might Like This Program If...

  • You are majoring in a social science and may wish to serve the Spanish-speaking community.
  • You like Spanish, but the demands of your major prevent you from majoring in it.
  • You understand that familiarity with Spanish opens doors.
  • You want to share your interest in the Spanish language and culture with your students, in a career in education.
  • You want to travel.
  • You are a foodie, a film-buff, a word-gamer, or an adventurer.

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. In addition, at least six credits of the minor must be unique from the prescribed courses required by a student's major(s).

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 215The Science of Spanish: Hispanic Linguistics for Beginners3
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
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

Heritage speakers (students with Spanish language in family background) and native speakers of Spanish should take SPAN 100A and SPAN 301 instead of SPAN 100 and SPAN 200. May not take SPAN 410.

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.


University Park

Liberal Arts Academic Advising
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Kathryn A. Mussett
Assistant Teaching Professor, Spanish
Hawthorn Building 126
3000 Ivyside Park
Altoona, PA 16601


Maria C. Fellie
Assistant Professor of Spanish
Gaige 315
Reading, PA 19610


Ian Michalski, Ph.D.
Assistant Teaching Professor of Spanish
130 Kochel
Erie, PA 16563

Mont Alto

Robin Yaure
Teaching Professor in HDFS
112 Wiestling Hall
Mont Alto, PA 17237

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.


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.


University Park

442 Burrowes Building
University Park, PA 16802


Hawthorn Building 126
3000 Ivyside Park
Altoona, PA 16601


Gaige 315
Reading, PA 19610


170 Irvin Kochel Center
4951 College Drive
Erie, PA 16563

Mont Alto

112 Wiestling Hall
Mont Alto, PA 17237