Minor in Spanish

The minor consists of 21 units, at least 18 of which must consist of upper division coursework. Up to 16 units of prerequisite coursework or demonstrated language proficiency is required to begin the minor. All upper division courses are conducted in Spanish, and students are expected to use Spanish in their speaking, reading, and writing.


Preparation for Majors and Non-majors

First-year courses in Spanish are designed for students who have had no previous formal training in Spanish and are not native speakers. Those students who have spoken Spanish at home but have not had any formal training should, in general, choose courses no lower than SPAN 205. SPAN 215 is designed for heritage students.
SPAN 101 and SPAN 102 (five units each) emphasize the four basic language skills, understanding, speaking, reading, and writing.
The second-year sequence (SPAN 205 / SPAN206) reviews and expands upon the principles learned in SPAN 101 / SPAN 102. Second-year courses are 3 units each.

Admission to the Program

Four years of high school Spanish are required, or four semesters of lower division college Spanish or the equivalent. Proficiency can be demonstrated by completing the necessary lower-division courses, testing out of them, or by taking the placement test. It is also recommended that students complete  prior to taking upper division courses in language and literature.


Requirements for the Minor in Spanish

Required Core Courses (9 units):

  • SPAN 301 Advanced Grammar and Composition (3)
  • MLL 325 Linguistics for Foreign Language (3) 
  • SPAN 341 Introduction to Hispanic Literature (3)
  • SPAN 401 Culture and Civilization of Spain (3), or SPAN 403 Hispanic Culture from a Transatlantic Approach (3), or Culture and Civilization of Spanish America (3)

Electives in the Minor (9 units):

  • At least 9 units (3 courses) must be upper division. No more than 3 lower division units may be applied toward the minor.

Minimum total: 21 units


Visit the current University Bulletin for complete course descriptions and class schedule.