Course Minor in Spanish


  1. Completion of at least one semester of study abroad in a Spanish-speaking country in a program approved by the Spanish section. Only two courses taken abroad that pertain to the curriculum of the section may count towards fulfillment of the minor. To ensure full immersion, all courses taken abroad must be taken in Spanish. Only advanced language courses taken abroad may receive Spanish credit but will not count toward the minor. Exception to the study abroad requirement: In special cases, depending on the student’s language proficiency, this requirement may be waived or fulfilled with a summer-long study abroad program identified and approved by the Spanish Section. (For summer programs, only one relevant course taken abroad may count towards fulfillment of the minor.) The requirement will be waived for students who have recently arrived in the US and/or have had extensive schooling in Spanish in Spanish–speaking countries. Depending on their linguistic proficiency, as evaluated by the Spanish faculty, Spanish/English bilingual students who have grown up in Spanish-speaking environments in the United States may petition to have the requirement waived or fulfilled with a summer-long study abroad program. The Spanish faculty will evaluate each case individually.
  2. Upon returning from study abroad, students are expected to register in a one-credit advanced course in the section.
  3. All minors must take a total of five courses and/or seminar offerings numbered 008 and above. Only one of these may overlap with the student’s major or other minor. Note that AP and IB credits will not count towards the minor.
  4. Students may count only one of the following towards their minor: 008, 010 and 011. Courses in English translation will not count toward fulfillment of the minor.
  5. All minors must take either SPAN 022 or 023, except in special cases when the section waives this requirement or approves a similar course taken abroad.
  6. All minors are strongly encouraged to take seminars offered by the section. Seminars count as one credit toward the minor.
  7. To graduate with a minor in Spanish, a student must maintain a minimum grade of B in the discipline, and a C average in course work outside the department. Candidates to the minor must prove their ability and interest in the language, cultures and literatures of the Spanish-speaking world.

Acceptance Criteria

For admission to the Course Minor, the student needs a minimum of B level work in courses taken at Swarthmore in Spanish language, demonstrated ability and interest in language and literature, and a C average in course work outside the Department.

Prerequisite: SPAN 004 or its equivalent is the language prerequisite for entering the Spanish minor. It does not count as one of the 5 credits required for the minor.

Application Process Notes

In addition to the process described by the Dean's Office and the Registrar's Office for how to apply for a major/minor, please complete the Spanish minor application form available in the menu.

If after applying you are denied admission to the major/minor, you may apply again once you have addressed the recommendations made by the Spanish section. If your application is deferred, the Spanish section will make a decision immediately after you have taken the necessary steps to address the reasons for being deferred.