Minor in Spanish for the Health and Service Professions

The minor in Spanish for the health and service professions is designed to meet the needs of students majoring in programs such as administration of justice, health care administration and management, nursing and social work.

Students will learn to use Spanish in the workplace with appropriate, field-specific vocabulary and develop sensitivity to cultural differences among Hispanic groups living in the U.S.

To complete the minor in Spanish for the health and service professions, students take a minimum of seven courses (19 credits). The program includes a required summer study abroad experience in the Dominican Republic and a one-credit senior seminar. Minors will live in the University's Language House following their summer abroad in order to maintain the language skills gained during that experience.

Required courses:

  • SPA208: Spanish for the Professions
  • SPA320: Hispanic Issues
  • SPA323: Contemporary Caribbean Life: Total Immersion (offered in the Dominican Republic)
  • SPA325: Community Partnership: Theory and Engagement (offered in the Dominican Republic)

Students choose three additional courses in Spanish language, culture or literature. Depending on the results of the language placement exam, students will begin the minor by taking SPA111: Elementary Spanish I, SPA112: Elementary Spanish II, SPA205: Intermediate Spanish I, SPA206: Intermediate Spanish II or SPA241: Communication and Cultures I in the fall semester of their first year.

PTG201: Portuguese for Spanish Speakers is also available as an option in conjunction with this minor.

Course Sequence

Fall Semester, First YearSpring Semester, First YearFall Semester, Second YearSpring Semester, Second Year
SPA111SPA112SPA205SPA208
SPA112SPA205SPA206SPA208
SPA205SPA206SPA241SPA208
SPA206SPA208SPA241SPA242
SPA241SPA242SPA3XXSPA208
SPA242SPA3XXSPA3XXSPA208
Summer Between Second and Third Year
Eight-week summer study abroad in the Dominican Republic
Required coursework in the Dominican Republic: SPA323: Contemporary Caribbean Life: Total Immersion and SPA325: Community Partnership: Theory and Engagement
Third Year
Required residency in the Language House
PTG201: Portuguese for Spanish Speakers (optional)
Additional electives in Spanish (optional)
Fourth Year
SPA320: Hispanic Issues