The minor in Spanish explores the diversity of Spanish cultures and includes the study of language, literature, and history of the Spanish-speaking world in the Americas and Spain. This minor seeks to advance proficiency in all linguistic skills: speaking, listening, reading, and writing combined with the development of multicultural awareness through the analysis of literary and non-literary texts.
Foreign language acquisition and study of diverse cultures and histories are important means to developing the capacity to think and act globally in an ever changing, internationally connected world. Language skills also help make connections that lead to sounder critical thinking and clearer insight into one’s own language, and they can lead to expanded employment opportunities. The combination of a foreign language degree with another major or minor is a good choice for students interested in combining advanced knowledge of foreign languages with study of other fields. Proficiency in a foreign language and awareness of different cultures are valuable assets in many majors and careers, including health care, education, international relations, international business and banking, journalism and mass communication, government, justice studies and law.