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Spanish Studies Minor

Spanish & Portuguese Studies
College of Liberal Arts
  • Program Type: Undergraduate minor related to major
  • Requirements for this program are current for Spring 2019
  • Required credits in this minor: 16 to 36
The Spanish Studies minor focuses on Spanish and Latin American literary, cultural, and linguistic studies. Students begin with language skills courses. These are followed by courses in Hispanic literature, culture, and linguistics. Courses with specific skills focus and service-learning components are also available. The department encourages minors to study abroad in a Spanish-speaking country or territory.
Program Delivery
This program is available:
  • via classroom (the majority of instruction is face-to-face)
Minor Requirements
Students must declare the minor at least one full term before completing its requirements and are encouraged to declare as early as possible. At least 1 upper-division course in the minor must be taken at the University of Minnesota - Twin Cities campus. In the Spanish Studies minor, this does not include learning abroad courses taken for resident credit. The department administers two allowable degree combinations: Spanish Studies BA and Portuguese Studies minor, or Spanish Studies minor and Portuguese Studies minor. No other departmental degree combinations are allowed.
Preparatory Courses
Students must complete the following courses or place out through EPT or LPE examinations. In select cases, students with advanced proficiency may be exempt from taking some or all of these courses. See the departmental advisor for more information.
Take 0 - 4 course(s) totaling 0 - 20 credit(s) from the following:
SPAN 1001 - Beginning Spanish (5.0 cr)
SPAN 1002 - Beginning Spanish (5.0 cr)
or SPAN 1022 - Alternate Second-Semester Spanish (5.0 cr)
SPAN 1003 - Intermediate Spanish (5.0 cr)
SPAN 1004 - Intermediate Spanish (5.0 cr)
or SPAN 1014 - Business Spanish (5.0 cr)
or SPAN 1044 - Intermediate Medical Spanish (5.0 cr)
Advanced Language Course
Take exactly 1 course(s) totaling exactly 4 credit(s) from the following:
· SPAN 3015W - Spanish Composition and Communication [WI] (4.0 cr)
or SPAN 3015V - Honors: Spanish Composition and Communication [WI] (4.0 cr)
Critical Analysis Course
Take exactly 1 course(s) totaling exactly 3 credit(s) from the following:
· SPAN 3104W - Introduction to the Study of Hispanic Literatures [LITR, WI] (3.0 cr)
or SPAN 3104V - Honors: Introduction to the Study of Hispanic Literatures [LITR, WI] (3.0 cr)
· SPAN 3105W - Introduction to the Study of Hispanic Cultures [WI] (3.0 cr)
or SPAN 3105V - Honors: Introduction to the Study of Hispanic Cultures [WI] (3.0 cr)
· SPAN 3107W - Introduction to the Study of Hispanic Linguistics [WI] (3.0 cr)
Elective with Critical Analysis Prererequisite
Note that some of the following courses carry prerequisites. For more information, please consult the University Catalog.
Take 1 or more course(s) totaling 3 or more credit(s) from the following:
· SPAN 3211 - Interpreting Imperial Spain, 1492-1800 (3.0 cr)
· SPAN 3221 - Interpreting Colonial Latin America: Empire and Early Modernity (3.0 cr)
· SPAN 3222 - Interpreting Modern and Contemporary Latin America (3.0 cr)
· SPAN 3301 - Advanced Oral Proficiency Workshop (3.0 cr)
· SPAN 3502 - Modern Spain (3.0 cr)
· SPAN 3503 - Pre-modern Spanish Culture and Thought [HIS] (3.0 cr)
· SPAN 3510 - Issues in Hispanic Cultures (3.0 cr)
· SPAN 3512 - Modern Latin America (3.0 cr)
· SPAN 3701 - Structure of Spanish: Phonology and Phonetics (3.0 cr)
· SPAN 3702 - Structure of Spanish: Morphology and Syntax (3.0 cr)
· SPAN 3703 - Origins and History of Spanish and Portuguese (3.0 cr)
· SPAN 3704 - Sociolinguistics of the Spanish-Speaking World (3.0 cr)
· SPAN 3706 - Spanish Applied Linguistics (3.0 cr)
· SPAN 3707 - Linguistic Accuracy Through Translation (3.0 cr)
· SPAN 3730 - Topics in Hispanic Linguistics (3.0 cr)
· SPAN 3800 - Film Studies in Spanish (3.0 cr)
· SPAN 3910 - Topics in Spanish Peninsular Literature (3.0 cr)
· SPAN 3920 - Topics in Spanish-American Literature (3.0 cr)
Electives
Take 2 or more course(s) totaling 6 or more credit(s) from the following:
SPAN 3xxx Elective
Take 0 - 2 course(s) from the following:
· SPAN 3011W - Spanish Grammar and Composition Workshop [WI] (4.0 cr)
· SPAN 3022 - Advanced Business Spanish (4.0 cr)
· SPAN 3044 - Advanced Medical Spanish (4.0 cr)
· Other advisor approved SPAN 3xxx elective
· Service Learning
Only 1 service learning course can count towards the Electives requirement.
· SPAN 3401 - Latino Immigration and Community Engagement [CIV] (3.0 cr)
or SPAN 3404 - Medical Spanish and Community Health Service (3.0 cr)
· Electives not in Spanish
Up to 1 approved course not taught in Spanish can count as an elective without a Critical Analysis prerequisite. Coursework for courses taught in English must be completed in Spanish. Taking a course in English requires advanced written consent. See the departmental advisor for more information.
· SPAN 36xx or DUS-approved course outside the department
or PORT 3001 - Portuguese for Spanish Speakers (4.0 cr)
 
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SPAN 1001 - Beginning Spanish
Credits: 5.0 [max 5.0]
Typically offered: Every Fall & Summer
Listening, speaking, reading, writing. Emphasizes development of communicative competence. Cultural readings. prereq: Less than 2 yrs of high school Spanish, dept consent, no college-level Spanish
SPAN 1002 - Beginning Spanish
Credits: 5.0 [max 5.0]
Course Equivalencies: 01306 - Span 1022/Span 4022
Typically offered: Every Fall, Spring & Summer
Listening, speaking, reading, writing. Emphasizes development of communicative competence. Cultural readings. prereq: 1001 completed at UMNTC, dept consent
SPAN 1022 - Alternate Second-Semester Spanish
Credits: 5.0 [max 5.0]
Course Equivalencies: 01250
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
For students who have studied Spanish in high school or at community college, or who are transfer students. Begins with accelerated review of 1001 followed by material covered in 1002. prereq: Placement above 1001
SPAN 1003 - Intermediate Spanish
Credits: 5.0 [max 5.0]
Course Equivalencies: 02140 - Madr 1003/Span 1003
Typically offered: Every Fall, Spring & Summer
Speaking/comprehension. Developing reading/writing skills based on materials from Spain/Spanish America. Grammar review. Compositions, oral presentations. prereq: [1002 or 1022] or EPT placement
SPAN 1004 - Intermediate Spanish
Credits: 5.0 [max 5.0]
Course Equivalencies: Span 1004/1014/1044
Typically offered: Every Fall, Spring & Summer
Speaking/comprehension. Developing reading/writing skills based on materials from Spain/Spanish America. Grammar review. Compositions, oral presentations. prereq: 1003 or EPT placement
SPAN 1014 - Business Spanish
Credits: 5.0 [max 5.0]
Course Equivalencies: Span 1004/1014/1044
Typically offered: Every Fall, Spring & Summer
Vocabulary, report writing skills. Proper format for business communications. Conversational fluency on trade-related topics. prereq: 1003
SPAN 1044 - Intermediate Medical Spanish
Credits: 5.0 [max 5.0]
Course Equivalencies: Span 1004/1014/1044
Prerequisites: 1003 or equiv
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
Language needed by health-care workers who interact with Spanish-speaking patients. Basic medical vocabulary, questions/answers in common medical situations. Vocabulary/phrases to conduct patient interviews and physical exams. Readings on Latin American view of health and health care. prereq: 1003 or equiv
SPAN 3015W - Spanish Composition and Communication (WI)
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Course Equivalencies: 01163 - Argn 3015/Ecdr 3015/Span 3015/
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
Comprehending written/spoken texts. Speaking, reading, writing beyond intermediate level. prereq: SPAN LPE pass
SPAN 3015V - Honors: Spanish Composition and Communication (WI)
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Course Equivalencies: 01163 - Argn 3015/Ecdr 3015/Span 3015/
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
Comprehension of written/spoken text. Speaking/reading/ writing. prereq: SPAN LPE pass, Honors student
SPAN 3104W - Introduction to the Study of Hispanic Literatures (LITR, WI)
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Course Equivalencies: 01161 - Argn 3104W/Span 3104W/Tldo3104
Typically offered: Every Fall, Spring & Summer
Structures, meaning, and social/historical function of diverse literary texts. prereq: 3015, Spanish [major or minor]or Span-Port major
SPAN 3104V - Honors: Introduction to the Study of Hispanic Literatures (LITR, WI)
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Course Equivalencies: 01161
Grading Basis: A-F only
Typically offered: Periodic Fall & Spring
Structures, meaning, and social/historical function of diverse literary texts. prereq: 3015, Spanish [major or minor]or Span-Port major
SPAN 3105W - Introduction to the Study of Hispanic Cultures (WI)
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Course Equivalencies: 01162
Typically offered: Every Fall, Spring & Summer
Cultural issues pertaining to Spain or Spanish America. prereq: 3015, Spanish [major or minor] or Span-Port
SPAN 3105V - Honors: Introduction to the Study of Hispanic Cultures (WI)
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Course Equivalencies: 01162
Grading Basis: A-F only
Typically offered: Periodic Fall & Spring
Span 3105V is a writing-intensive course centered on major issues of culture in the context of the Spanish-speaking world. It is not a history of civilization, nor is it a survey of either Latin American or Peninsular literature. Rather, our objective here is to familiarize ourselves with the different issues central to the development of the Hispanic world as a cultural entity, and to practice analyzing and questioning received notions of culture in this context. We will examine all sorts of texts--literary, visual, musical, and filmic--from all periods of both Latin American (including Brazil) and Peninsular history, reading them through the lens of a series of topics. These topics are as follows: Mapas del mundo hispánico/Maps of the Hispanic world, Política y legado del encuentro cultural/Politics and legacies of cultural encounter, Discursos de identidad social/Discourses of social identity, Coerción y subversion/Coercion and subversion, Las naciones modernas/Modern nations, and Cultura élite-cultura popular-cultura de masas/High culture-popular culture-mass culture.
SPAN 3107W - Introduction to the Study of Hispanic Linguistics (WI)
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Course Equivalencies: 01152
Typically offered: Every Fall, Spring & Summer
Structure of Spanish. Phonetics, phonology, morphology, syntax, pragmatics, language acquisition, language/gender, sociolinguistics. History of Spanish. prereq: 3015, Spanish [major or minor] or Span-Port major
SPAN 3211 - Interpreting Imperial Spain, 1492-1800
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Course Equivalencies: 01153 - Span 3211/Tldo 3211
Typically offered: Every Fall
Novels, places, poems, aphorisms, emblems, letters, and political treatises. Questions of ethnicity, gender, class, colonization, early mass culture, and subjectivity. prereq: SPAN 3104W or SPAN 3104V or TLDO 3104W or ARGN 3104W or SPAN 3105W or TLDO 3105W or SPAN 3105V or VENZ 3512 or instr consent
SPAN 3221 - Interpreting Colonial Latin America: Empire and Early Modernity
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Course Equivalencies: 01164 - Span 3221/Tldo 3002
Typically offered: Every Fall
Conquest, colonization, and forms of resistance in Latin America. prereq: SPAN 3104W or SPAN 3104V or TLDO 3104W or ARGN 3104W or SPAN 3105W or TLDO 3105W or SPAN 3105V or VENZ 3512 or instr consent
SPAN 3222 - Interpreting Modern and Contemporary Latin America
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Course Equivalencies: 01156 - Span 3222/Tldo 3222
Prerequisites: 3015, [3104W or TLDO 3104 or VENZ 3104 or #]
Typically offered: Every Spring
Late modern and contemporary discourses in literature, popular culture, mass media, and film. prereq: 3015, [3104W or TLDO 3104 or VENZ 3104 or instr consent]
SPAN 3301 - Advanced Oral Proficiency Workshop
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F only
Typically offered: Periodic Fall & Spring
The main goal of this course is to advance students' oral proficiency in Spanish in a variety of genres of spoken discourse, including description, narration, argumentation, explanation, and hypothesizing. In addition, instruction will focus on developing the range of topics about which students can speak and the internal organization of discourse produced by students. These functions are characteristic of speakers at the advanced level of proficiency on the ACTFL scale. Students will engage in a variety of activities, among which are discussions, debates, oral presentations, and analysis of oral speech samples.
SPAN 3502 - Modern Spain
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Course Equivalencies: 01157
Typically offered: Every Spring
Spanish culture, from beginning of 19th century to present. Cultural change and its conflicts as represented in Spanish art, literature, film, and diverse political developments. prereq: 3015, [3105W or TLDO 3105 or VENZ 3512 or instr consent]
SPAN 3503 - Pre-modern Spanish Culture and Thought (HIS)
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Typically offered: Periodic Fall & Spring
Notions of nation, empire, and race precipitated by presence of Muslims, Jews, and Christians in Iberia in 12th and 13th centuries. Toledo as center of translation, technology, innovation, design, and philosophical inquiry for all of Europe. How Iberian literary works differed from those produced in the rest of Western Europe. Readings from Saint Isidore, Ibn Hazm, Averroes (Ibn Rushd), and Maimonides. prereq: SPAN 3104W or SPAN 3104V or TLDO 3104W or ARGN 3104W or SPAN 3105W or TLDO 3105W or SPAN 3105V or VENZ 3512 or instr consent
SPAN 3510 - Issues in Hispanic Cultures
Credits: 3.0 [max 9.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall, Spring & Summer
Analysis of practices that have shaped cultural identity of Spanish or Portuguese-speaking areas. Topics vary. prereq: 3015, [3105W or TLDO 3105 or VENZ 3512 or instr consent]
SPAN 3512 - Modern Latin America
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Course Equivalencies: 01165
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall & Summer
Impact of various forms of modernization on cultural production in Latin American racial, ethnic, class relations, institutional, and ideological structures. prereq: 3015, [3105W or TLDO 3105 or VENZ 3512 or instr consent]
SPAN 3701 - Structure of Spanish: Phonology and Phonetics
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Course Equivalencies: 00176
Typically offered: Periodic Fall & Spring
Analysis of phonetics/phonology of modern Spanish. Regional/social variants of the language in Spain and Spanish America. Emphasizes improving Spanish pronunciation. prereq: 3015, [3107W or TLDO 3107 or VENZ 3107 or instr consent]
SPAN 3702 - Structure of Spanish: Morphology and Syntax
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Course Equivalencies: Span 3702/3802
Typically offered: Periodic Fall & Spring
Using linguistic concepts such as morpheme, flexional affix, noun phrase, subject, subordination, and coordination to identify different morphological/syntactic components of Spanish. prereq: 3015, [3107W or TLDO 3107 or VENZ 3107 or instr consent]
SPAN 3703 - Origins and History of Spanish and Portuguese
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
Development of Spanish from its Latin roots. Phonetic, morphological, syntactic, and sociolinguistic aspects of language variations over time. prereq: 3015, [3107W or TLDO 3107 or VENZ 3107 or instr consent]
SPAN 3704 - Sociolinguistics of the Spanish-Speaking World
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Course Equivalencies: Span 3704/3804
Typically offered: Every Spring
Spanish dialects. Spanish in contact with other languages. Bilingualism, language attitudes. Pragmatic analysis of Spanish. Impact of recent cultural, political, and socioeconomic transformations on language. prereq: 3015, [3107W or TLDO 3107 or VENZ 3107 or instr consent]
SPAN 3706 - Spanish Applied Linguistics
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Typically offered: Every Spring
Introduction to second language acquisition processes as they relate to fundamental analysis of linguistic concepts of Spanish. Features that present difficulties for English speakers. Sociolinguistic aspects of language learning. Application to Spanish language teaching. prereq: 3015, [3107W or TLDO 3107 or VENZ 3107 or instr consent]
SPAN 3707 - Linguistic Accuracy Through Translation
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F only
Typically offered: Every Spring
Analysis of style/audience/lexicon of various texts in Spanish (popular press, business, academic) examined as framework for training to communicate with accuracy in different contexts. Students apply lexical/grammatical choices in translating texts. prereq: 3015, [3104W or 3105W or 3107W or TLDO 3104 or TLDO 3105 or TLDO 3107 or VENZ 3104 or VENZ 3107 or VENZ 3512 or instr consent]
SPAN 3730 - Topics in Hispanic Linguistics
Credits: 3.0 [max 9.0]
Grading Basis: A-F only
Typically offered: Every Fall, Spring & Summer
Topics specified in Class Schedule. prereq: 3015, [3107W or TLDO 3107 or VENZ 3107 or instr consent]
SPAN 3800 - Film Studies in Spanish
Credits: 3.0 [max 9.0]
Grading Basis: A-F only
Typically offered: Periodic Fall & Summer
Films from Spain or Spanish-speaking world in their historical, (geo)political, and socioeconomic contexts. Films analyzed under interdisciplinary frameworks, noting aspects related to cinematography/rhetoric. prereq: 3015, [3104W or 3105W or TLDO 3104 or TLDO 3105 or VENZ 3104 or VENZ 3512 or instr consent]
SPAN 3910 - Topics in Spanish Peninsular Literature
Credits: 3.0 [max 9.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Periodic Fall & Spring
Focus on central theme related to important groups of writers, literary movements, trends, critical approaches, methods. Topics specified in Class Schedule. prereq: 3015, [3104W or TLDO 3104 or VENZ 3104 or instr consent]
SPAN 3920 - Topics in Spanish-American Literature
Credits: 3.0 [max 9.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Periodic Fall & Spring
Focus on central theme related to important groups of writers, literary movements, trends, critical approaches, and methods. Topics specified in Class Schedule. prereq: SPAN 3104W or TLDO 3104 or VENZ 3104 or ARGN 3104W or SPAN 3105W or TLDO 3105 or VENZ 3512 or instructor consent
SPAN 3011W - Spanish Grammar and Composition Workshop (WI)
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Course Equivalencies: 02354 - Ecdr 3011W/Span 3011W/Tldo 324
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
Real-world writing, speaking, reading. Writing summaries of lectures by native speakers. Two papers. Reader's journals. Oral presentation. Grammar review. Audio exercises, paired/small-group work. Discussions. Peer editing. Process writing. prereq: [1004 or 1014 or 1044], LPE pass
SPAN 3022 - Advanced Business Spanish
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Course Equivalencies: 01150 - Span 3022/Tldo 3023
Typically offered: Every Spring
Major issues of culture in relation to business in context of Spanish-speaking world. Important historical-social factors that contribute to understanding of economy/business relationships with industrialized nations. prereq: 3015
SPAN 3044 - Advanced Medical Spanish
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Prerequisites: [[1004 or 1014 or 1044 or equiv], Span LPE] or #
Typically offered: Every Spring & Summer
How to communicate more effectively in linguistic/cultural terms with Spanish speaking patients. Advanced/specific medical vocabulary, communication strategies, and related cultural aspects. Conducting patient interviews/medical history. Using vocabulary/conversation to conduct physical exams. Latin American views on health/health care. prereq: [[1004 or 1014 or 1044 or equiv], Span LPE] or instr consent
SPAN 3401 - Latino Immigration and Community Engagement (CIV)
Credits: 3.0 [max 6.0]
Grading Basis: A-F only
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
Service-learning course. U.S. power structures associated with emigration from Latin America. Rapid demographic change. Global economic system/emigration. Human rights. Federal immigration reform. Language issues. Inclusive political, economic, educational systems. Dialogue with Latino immigrants, community visits, civic engagement. Instructor approval required for January or summer offering. Pre-req SPAN 3015
SPAN 3404 - Medical Spanish and Community Health Service
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
Creating materials for effective communication with and education of Spanish-speaking patients. Students engage in service learning with community health care partners that serve the Chicano/Latino population. prereq: 3015 with grade of at least B- or [1044, high pass on at least three sections of LPE]
PORT 3001 - Portuguese for Spanish Speakers
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Typically offered: Every Fall, Spring & Summer
Listening, reading, speaking, writing. Uses communicative approach. prereq: [SPAN 1004 or SPAN 1014 or SPAN 1044, SPAN LPE pass] or instr consent