"When I declared my Spanish minor, I thought it would be just that - minor. Au contraire, my "minor" commitment turned out to be one of the most influential parts of my college career. I was given opportunities to try things I'd never thought to do: I worked as a Spanish teaching assistant and tutor, studied abroad in Spain, and, realizing my newfound love for language, began learning French and Italian as well. Small classes made it easy to form friendships with students and faculty. And the lessons were much more than language; I learned about history and culture as well." —Annie Jean Hochheiser, '12
If you speak Spanish, you can communicate with more than 350 million people worldwide. That means that, in terms of employment opportunities, you have a clear advantage over those who speak only English. Also, if you plan to travel to a Spanish-speaking country, a little Spanish goes a long way! Think about it:
You can incorporate Spanish within an Interdisciplinary Studies major, with a concentration in Spanish. Because Interdisciplinary Studies majors choose two concentrations, you can combine disciplines such as French, Sociology, Business Administration, Economics, English/Communications, or Fine and Performing Arts, as well as a Teaching Certification program.
The requirements are 6 credits of lower division courses and 9 credits of upper division courses. Interdisciplinary Studies majors also take a minimum of four Interdisciplinary Studies courses. We highly recommend study abroad.
You can benefit from a minor in Spanish by combining it with a major discipline or incorporating it into an interdisciplinary program. A Spanish minor is an invaluable asset if your career involves dealing with people of diverse linguistic and cultural backgrounds. A Spanish minor is also very useful if you're considering a major in Education, Sociology, or Political Science. If you certify to teach in one area of expertise such as English or History, you could become certified in an additional field by completing a Spanish minor.
* Students with prior experience in Spanish may take the optional language placement tests and be waived from Spanish 101-102.