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2016-2017 Undergraduate Catalog 
2016-2017 Undergraduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Spanish Minor

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A minor in Spanish is available for students studying Spanish as a foreign language who have an interest in learning one of the most widely-spoken languages in the world and who are interested in adding a global element to their major area of study. Students who take the Spanish minor will develop communication skills that will enhance and broaden their career possibilities. The minor is designed to provide a strong knowledge of Hispanic cultures and linguistic competence in Spanish by providing coursework that focuses on written and oral communication and provides opportunity to further explore how Spanish relates to an array of majors.

Heritage Speakers and Native Speakers:

A heritage speaker is defined as a person who was raised in a bilingual household and who has had exposure to the target language from a young age outside of the school environment. Proficiency in the target language will vary amongst heritage speakers and placement into appropriate courses of the Spanish minor will be determined by the Department of English & Foreign Languages only through an interview with the student.

A native speaker is defined as a person who has completed formal schooling in the target language through the high school level, in an environment in which he/she was completely immersed in the target language. The native speaker speaks and writes fluently in the target language. Native speakers minoring in Spanish will complete the minor with upper division courses. 

Program Requirements


Upon finishing the Spanish minor, students will have met the following outcomes:

Outcome 1.

Recognize and demonstrate an appreciation of the cultural similarities and differences that exist amongst different Hispanic cultures throughout the world and how they compare to our own. (ALL SP)

Outcome 2.

Speak and write fluidly in Spanish using grammatical structures and vocabulary representative of an intermediate-advanced level of coursework. (SP 211 , SP 212 , SP 312 )

Outcome 3.

Express ideas appropriately in academic Spanish through linguistic study by demonstrating the ability to think critically about language and culture. (SP 312 )

Outcome 4.

Demonstrate an understanding of major works and trends of Latin American and Peninsular literatures. (SP 313 )


The Spanish minor will be assessed through a combination of written and oral components: exams, quizzes, daily participation, writing assignments, discussions, and individual and group presentations.

Minor Note

  • At least 18 semester hours in a subject area are required for a minor.
  • A minimum of 9 hours in the minor must be earned at Avila University
    • At least six of these hours must be numbered 300 or above. (Note: If the minor is in Biology or Chemistry, only four (4) of the 9 semester hours in the minor at Avila must be in courses numbered 300 or above.)

  • A minimum of 9 hours must be unique between a major and a minor. 
  • A grade of “C” or better must be earned for all graded courses required for the minor.

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