The Spanish Language and Hispanic Cultures Minor entails a rather high level of language proficiency and requires a fairly reasonable understanding of the Hispanic cultures. Aside from having to attain and demonstrate intermediate-high level proficiency in the Spanish language (according to ACTFL guidelines), you also attain a basic understanding of the philosophical perspectives (ideas, beliefs, attitudes, and values), behavioral practices (patterns of social interactions), customs and creative patterns (literature, art, music, etc.) of the Hispanic cultures addressed by your learning experiences.

required courses

Students must complete one of the following courses, and secure approval of the School of World Languages and Cultures as a pre-requisite to this minor:

Complete one of the following courses:

Complete one of the following courses:

Complete one of the following courses:

In addition, students must complete one additional course. This course may be selected from those listed above (not previously taken), or from the following:

learning outcomes

learning outcome 1: Language proficiency

Students demonstrate an intermediate-high proficiency level in the four major skills (speaking, listening, reading, and writing) according to American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL) guidelines.

learning outcome 2: cultural knowledge

Students provide a comparative description and basic analysis of the peoples, history, and culture of the Spanish-speaking world (including the Hispanic Southwest) ~ engage in the learning of cultural customs (e.g. quinceañera, compadrazgo, Día de los muertos, Carnaval), practices (e.g. religious, ofrendas, fiestas, curanderismo, Cuaresma), products (e.g. literature, art, music), and perspectives (e.g. cosmovisión, worldviews, cultural values, national & cultural identity, etc.), and other skills necessary for cross-cultural communication.