Spanish

Spanish Minor

Students needing general advising in Spanish or wishing to declare a Spanish minor should contact Rachel Aldave (raldave@smu.edu).

Requirements

The Spanish minor has different requirements depending on the student's experience with the Spanish language. All minors must take 18 term hours of advanced and/or intermediate courses.

For Non-native and Non-heritage Speakers*:

18 hours total required. There are four basic components to this minor:

  1. SPAN 2302
  2. SPAN 3358
  3. One Spanish conversation course (SPAN 3310, 3311, 3312, 3313, 3355, 3373, 3374, 3375, or 4352)
  4. Three advanced elective classes from the 3000-5000 level range.
Courses of different levels may not be taken concurrently in the same semester (EX: SPAN 2302 may not be taken the same semester as SPAN 3358), and students should not enroll in courses at a lower level (such as the 3000 level) after progressing to a higher level Spanish class (such as those at the 4000 or 5000 level range).

For Heritage Speakers* (Spanish/English bilingual individuals who have grown up in Spanish-speaking environments in the United States):

18 hours total required. There are three basic components to this minor:

  1. SPAN 4358
  2. One Spanish conversation course (SPAN 3373, 3374, 3375, or 4355)
  3. Four advanced elective classes from the following courses: SPAN 3373, 3374, 3375, or any courses from the SPAN 4000-5000 level range
Retroactive credit earned may not be counted towards this minor.

For Native Speakers* (individuals who have recently arrived in the US and/or have had extensive schooling in Spanish in Spanish-speaking countries):

18 hours total required. There are two basic components to this minor:

  1. SPAN 4395
  2. Five advanced elective classes from the 4000-5000 level range.
Native speakers may not take any 3000 level courses or 4352, and are advised not to take 4355 and 4358. Retroactive credit earned may not be counted towards this minor.

*NOTE: Categories such as native, non-native and heritage refer to the students’ linguistic proficiency level and are determined by the Spanish area.

Recommendations

Study abroad in a Spanish speaking country is strongly recommended. Please make an appointment with the Rachel Aldave (raldave@smu.edu), for more information.

Samples of Four-Year Schedules for Minors

NOTE: For the following sample schedules, please be advised that all 3000-level courses must be taken before registering for any 4000 and 5000-level course. All 3000 and 4000-level courses must be taken before registering for any 5000-level course. Only the following exceptions will be allowed: a) concurrently taking SPAN 4357 (Spanish Linguistics) with 5000 Literature courses; b) concurrently taking SPAN 4395 (Introduction to Hispanic Literature) with 5000 Linguistics courses; and c) concurrently taking any 5000 level course with community involvement based courses such as SPAN 4352 and SPAN 4385. 

Spanish Minor Example (Non-Native*)

  Fall Spring
First Year SPAN 1401 SPAN 1402
Sophomore Year SPAN 2401 SPAN 2302
Junior Year SPAN 3358 and SPAN CONV/COMP SPAN 3000/4000
Senior Year SPAN 3000/4000/5000 SPAN 3000/4000/5000

Spanish Minor Example (Heritage*)

  Fall Spring
First Year SPAN 4358 SPAN CONV/COMP
Sophomore Year SPAN 4000/5000 SPAN 4000/5000
Junior Year SPAN 4000/5000 SPAN 4000/5000
Senior Year

Spanish Minor Example (Native*)

  Fall Spring
First Year SPAN 4395 SPAN 4000/5000
Sophomore Year SPAN 4000/5000 SPAN 4000/5000
Junior Year SPAN 4000/5000 SPAN 4000/5000
Senior Year

If you are a minor and you are ahead of this schedule, consider switching to the major, as long as you can fit in the SPAN 4395 requirement by the spring of your junior year, and you can take three 5000-level courses your senior year.

*NOTE: Categories such as native, non-native and heritage refer to the students’ linguistic proficiency level and are determined by the Spanish area.