Course Minor in Spanish

Requirements

  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.  In special cases, depending on the student’s language proficiency, this requirement may be fulfilled with a summer-long study abroad program identified and approved by the section. For summer programs, only one relevant course taken abroad may count towards fulfillment of the minor. Language courses taken abroad may receive Spanish credit but will not count toward the minor.
  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 neither AP nor IB credits will not count towards the minor.
  4. Students may only count one of the following towards the minor:  008, 010 and 011.  SPAN 006A, SPAN 024 and 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, we recommend you to meet with the Spanish faculty to discuss your plans.

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.