Spanish, Minor

Spanish is the second most spoken language in the world. It is used in more than twenty countries, including the United States. In fact, in terms of the number of speakers, the United States is the second largest Spanish-speaking country in the planet. Being a Spanish speaker is a major professional and cultural asset as it prepares you to be successful in any career path.  Yet, in our society, knowing Spanish is not just an asset; it is increasingly a necessity. Not only does proficiency in Spanish prepare you to be a leader in a country where Hispanics are the fastest growing segment of the population and where Spanish-speakers are the vast majority of the population in the hemisphere.  Knowing Spanish also makes you a truly global citizen. Our Spanish minor certifies that you have attained intermediate to advanced levels of listening, speaking, reading and writing proficiency in the language. It also opens  before you a fascinating cultural and intellectual world in and beyond the classroom with a myriad of opportunities to travel, live and work abroad.

Complete all courses listed below unless otherwise indicated. Also complete any corequisite labs, recitations, clinicals, or tools courses where specified.

Students will be required to take a total of five classes. These classes may include courses and language classes at or above the intermediate level in Dialogues of Civilization at NU. A maximum of two courses of transfer credits, including transferable courses taken abroad, may count towards the five classes in the minor.

Required Culture Course

CLTR 1120Introduction to Languages, Literature, and Culture4

Required Language Requirement 

Students may waive any of these courses by taking the language exam in the World Language Center.

SPNS 2101Intermediate Spanish 14
or SPNS 2301 Intermediate Spanish Immersion 1
SPNS 2102Intermediate Spanish 24
or SPNS 2302 Intermediate Spanish Immersion 2


Latin American Society and Development
Latin American Society and Development
Latin American Film
Introduction to Spanish Culture
Introduction to Latin American Culture
New Media Narratives in Latin America: Local and Global Dimensions
New Narratives: Latin America after 1989
Representing Violence and Human Rights in Latin America
Cultural Engagement Abroad
Introduction to Latin American History
Latino, Latin American, and Caribbean Studies
Special Topics in Language
Masterpieces of Spanish Literature: 18th–20th Century
Masterpieces of Spanish Literature: 12th–17th Century
Latin American Literature
Advanced Spanish 1
Advanced Spanish Immersion 1
Advanced Spanish 2
Advanced Spanish Immersion 2
Advanced Spanish Conversation: Global Communication

GPA Requirement

2.000 GPA required in the minor