The Spanish minor provides students the opportunity to achieve cultural and linguistic competency and complements many majors within the College as well as other degree programs across the University.
Spanish, the second most spoken language in the world with approximately 559 million speakers, is the official language in 21 countries. Moreover, according to the Instituto Cervantes, the United States ranks second behind Mexico in the number of Spanish speakers. Similarly, Portuguese, the official language in 9 nations, is spoken by approximately 210 million people over the world (the sixth most spoken language). Fluency in more than one language and an understanding culture and analytical understandings of literary and cultural texts create educated citizens who can contribute to the betterment of our society. citizens.
A minor in Spanish demonstrates to future employers and/or graduate schools that you have achieved a certain level of linguistic ability and understanding of Hispanic cultures. Our curriculum is designed to help students hone their oral and written language skills and to learn more about Spanish, Spanish American, and Luso-Brazilian cultures through literature and cultural studies. This knowledge is highly beneficial if you plan a career path with an international component or with an orientation toward the predominantly Hispanic populations in the United States. The minor is useful in such diverse careers as advertising, marketing, journalism, health services, government, social welfare, and public administration (to name a few). For a list of possible career paths in Spanish and Portuguese, visit the University Career Center website at https://career.ku.edu/.
Requirements for the Spanish Minor
The minor requires 20 hours, as well as prerequisite knowledge.
|To advance to Span 340 students must earn a grade of B or better in SPAN 324 and 328, or have departmental consent.|
|Minor Requirements (20)|
|Students must complete 20 hours of coursework, including the following required courses:|
|SPAN 101||Orientation Seminar in Spanish and Portuguese||1|
|SPAN 324||Grammar and Composition||3|
|SPAN 328||Intermediate Spanish Conversation||2|
|SPAN 340||Textual Analysis and Critical Reading||3|
|SPAN 346||Transatlantic Hispanic Cultures||3|
|SPAN 424||Advanced Spanish Composition and Grammar||3|
|SPAN 428||Advanced Spanish Conversation||2|
|A 3 hour, 400-level literature course (SPAN 440, 441, 442, 450, 451, 452, 453, 460, 461, 462, 463).||3|
Minor Hours & GPA
While completing required courses, minors must also meet each of the following hour and grade point average minimum standards:
Satisfied by 20 hours of minor courses.
Minor Hours in Residence
Satisfied by a minimum of 9 hours of junior/senior (300+) hours of KU resident credit in the minor.
Minor Junior/Senior Hours
Satisfied by a minimum of 19 hours from junior/senior courses (300+) in the major.
Minor Graduation GPA
Satisfied by a minimum of a 2.0 GPA in all departmental courses in the minor. GPA calculations include all departmental courses in the field of study including Fs and repeated courses. See the Semester/Cumulative GPA Calculator.
The department offers summer programs in Barcelona, Spain; Buenos Aires, Argentina; and Salvador (Bahia), Brazil. KU offers semester/academic year programs in San José, Costa Rica; and in Ronda, Spain. More information is available from the Office of Study Abroad.
Graduate students have the opportunity to teach and conduct research during summer sessions in Puebla, Mexico; or Barcelona, Spain. The department also has a graduate exchange agreement with the University of Santiago de Compostela, Spain.