Spanish  (Minor)

If you want a competitive edge in today's job market and changing cultural landscape, you'll want the fluency in Spanish and the critical and analytical skills this program provides. It will broaden your perspectives and prepare you for future opportunities.

Program Description

Students pursuing a minor in Spanish gain an understanding of the language, literature and cultures of Spanish-speaking peoples and regions.

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At a Glance: program details

  • Location: Tempe campus, or online
  • Additional Program Fee: No
  • Second Language Requirement: No

Global Experience

Opportunities to participate in study abroad programs can serve to enhance a student's minor experience and education. More information is available at

Career Opportunities

A minor can help students enhance the marketable skills they acquire in their major program and help them develop new skills apart from it.

Students with a minor in Spanish studies have the communication and cultural competency skills they need as they pursue careers in political analysis, sociology or marketing.

Contact Information

School of International Letters and Cultures | LL 440 | 480-965-6281

Program Requirements

GPA Requirement: 2.00

Incompatible Majors: BA in Spanish; BAE in secondary education (Spanish)

Other Enrollment Requirements: None

Students who wish to add the minor in Spanish to the degree they are currently pursuing may do so by contacting the School of International Letters and Cultures advising office.

Current ASU undergraduate students may pursue a minor and have it recognized on their ASU transcript at graduation. Students interested in pursuing a minor should consult their academic advisor to declare the minor and to ensure that an appropriate set of courses is taken. Minor requirements appear on the degree audit once the minor is added. Certain major and minor combinations may be deemed inappropriate by the college or department of either the major program or the minor. Courses taken for the minor may not count toward both the major and the minor. Students should contact their academic advisor for more information.

Enrollment Requirements

The minor in Spanish requires a total of 21 credit hours, 18 hours of which must be upper-division. Course substitutions are allowed for heritage and advanced speakers of the language. Visit or consult with an academic advisor in the School of International Letters and Cultures regarding placement into Spanish language courses.

Required Courses -- 12 credit hours

Of the 12 credit hours of required courses for the Spanish minor, students select the appropriate language track: Spanish Second Language or Spanish Heritage/Bilingual Language track.

Course substitutions are allowed for heritage and advanced speakers of the language.

Minor Tracks -- 9 credit hours

Students complete nine credit hours from one option track below that is beneficial to their personal or academic goals. Option tracks include Spanish Language Studies, Spanish Literary and Cultural Studies, or Spanish Linguistics. (9)

Option 1: Spanish Language Studies Track

Required Spanish Civilization and Culture Course (choose one):

SPA Upper-Division Restricted Elective (choose one):

SPA Upper-Division Elective or SPA Upper-Division Study Abroad Course (choose one):

Option 2: Spanish Literary and Cultural Studies Track

SPA 325 is required for this track.

Choose one course from the following:

Choose one course from the following:

Option 3: Spanish Linguistics

SPA 400 is required for this track.

Choose two courses from the following:

See information about Language Placement Testing or consult with an academic advisor in the School of International Letters and Cultures regarding placement into Spanish language classes. Students testing into higher Spanish language courses may need overrides to enroll.

Depending on a student's undergraduate program of study, prerequisite courses may be needed in order to complete the requirements of this minor.

Attend Online

ASU offers this program in an online format with multiple enrollment sessions throughout the year. Applicants may view the program description and request more information here.

Program Contact Information

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