Why get a Spanish minor?

For individuals seeking careers in the health professions, social work, business, government, education, law and criminal justice, the benefits of communicative abilities in Spanish and cultural awareness of the Hispanic world are innumerable for domestic and international reasons. At 16.3% of USA’s total population, people of Hispanic origin are the nation’s largest ethnic or racial minority. According to the latest U.S. Census, between 2000 and 2010, the Hispanic population grew by 43 percent, or four times the nation’s 9.7 percent growth rate. It is projected that by 2050, Hispanics will constitute 30 percent of the nation’s population. Since a significant portion of the Hispanic population does not speak English and continues to speak Spanish at home (76%) there is an increasing demand for professionals in the health services, business, education, law and criminal justice, who are linguistically proficient in Spanish and are culturally competent. Outside of the U.S., most international businesses prefer graduates with language skills because large trading blocks in Latin America and the European Union are attractive areas of growth and development.

Since linguistic and cultural competency in Spanish are now imperative at home and abroad, a minor in Spanish will increase your competitiveness in the current job market by allowing you to engage professionally and communicate meaningfully with local, national and international Hispanic communities.

Course Sequence:

The Spanish minor requires 18 credits, with 12 credits beyond Spanish 201 and 202at the 300 level or higher. Spanish 301 (Conversation), Spanish 302 (Composition), and Spanish 303 (Grammar) are recommended as well as any Spanish 300/400 level electives through a UA Department of Modern Languages Study Abroad program. 301 and 302 may be taken for up to 6 credits each.

 Additional course that count toward the minor are:
·         Spanish 360 Hispanic Culture through Film (Offered in the Spring)
·         Spanish 307 Conversation for Health Professionals and First Responders (Offered in the Spring)
·         Spanish 308 Composition for Health Professionals and First Responders (Offered in the Fall)
·         Spanish 401 Advanced Conversation (Offered in the Fall)
·         Spanish 402 Advanced Composition (Offered in the Spring)
·         Spanish 403 Advanced Grammar (Offered in the Spring-will not be offered after 2016) *requires 303 as prerequisite
·         Up to 3 credits of service learning projects: (requires special permission)

For more information about the Study abroad contact Kirsten Polen de Campi

More advanced courses may be taken, but the necessary prerequisites will take you beyond the minimum required for the minor. See the prerequisite sequencing for advanced courses, and please feel free to make an appointment with one of the Spanish faculty for any advising questions you may have.

*Note: All courses must be taken for a grade; CR/NCR cannot be used

For students looking to add a second major or minor within the Modern Languages department, please download this form and see the section coordinator for the language classes you wish to enroll in.

For more information contact

Dr. Matt Wyszynski, the minor advisor, at wyszyns@uakron.edu; click here to schedule an appointment.