Spanish (Minor)

At a Glance: program details

Minor Map

Fluency in Spanish provides a broader perspective on Spanish-speaking communities around the world, which will prepare you for future opportunities in a changing cultural landscape.

Program Description

The minor in Spanish provides students an opportunity to gain proficiency in reading, speaking and writing the Spanish language while providing a better understanding of the diverse cultures and regions of Spanish-speaking communities.

Program Requirements

The minor in Spanish requires a total of 21 credit hours, of which 18 credit hours must be upper division. A minimum of six upper-division credit hours must be taken from courses offered by The College of Liberal Arts and Sciences. A grade of "C" (2.00 on a 4.00 scale) or better is required for all 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.

Notes: Three credit hours from SPA 202, SPA 204, or SPA 210 are counted toward the minor. Additional credit hours earned are applied to the 120 hours minimum for graduation.

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
Option 2: Spanish Literary and Cultural Studies Track
Option 3: Spanish Linguistics
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.
Prerequisite courses may be needed in order to complete the requirements of this minor.

Enrollment 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. 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 minor.

Career Outlook

Minor programs allow students to develop additional competencies that complement the marketable knowledge and skills they acquire in their majors.

A minor in Spanish studies helps students with communication and cultural competency skills as they pursue careers in political analysis, education, tourism and hospitality, the military, sociology, marketing or various other fields.

Example Careers

Students who complete this degree program may be prepared for the following careers. Advanced degrees or certifications may be required for academic or clinical positions.

Education Administrators, Postsecondary

  • Growth: 3.5%
  • Median Salary*: 99940

Community Health Workers

  • Growth: 14.1%
  • Median Salary*: 46190
  Bright Outlook

Area, Ethnic, and Cultural Studies Teachers, Postsecondary

  • Growth: 3.9%
  • Median Salary*: 80910

Customs Brokers

  • Growth: 4.6%
  • Median Salary*: 71690
  Bright Outlook

Customs and Border Protection Officers

  • Growth: 3.3%
  • Median Salary*: 65790


  • Growth: 7.5%
  • Median Salary*: 135740
  Bright Outlook

Social and Community Service Managers

  • Growth: 9.1%
  • Median Salary*: 74240
  Bright Outlook

Interpreters and Translators

  • Growth: 4.3%
  • Median Salary*: 53640

Foreign Language and Literature Teachers, Postsecondary

  • Growth: 1.4%
  • Median Salary*: 76030

* Data obtained from the Occupational Information Network (O*NET) under sponsorship of the U.S. Department of Labor/Employment and Training Administration (USDOL/ETA).

Global Opportunities

Global Experience

Opportunities to participate in study abroad programs can serve to enhance a student's minor experience and education.

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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