This is the first version of the 2021-22 General Catalog. The final edition and the historical PDF will be published during the fall semester.

The undergraduate minor in Spanish requires a minimum of 18 s.h. in Spanish courses, including at least 15 s.h. in Department of Spanish and Portuguese courses at the University of Iowa numbered SPAN:2000-SPAN:4998. At least 6 s.h. must be numbered SPAN:3000-SPAN:4998. Students must maintain a g.p.a. of at least 2.00 in all courses for the minor and in all UI courses for the minor. Coursework in the minor may not be taken pass/nonpass.

Students can count coursework toward the minor in study abroad programs that earn University of Iowa resident credit. At least one course for the minor must be a literature, culture, or Hispanic linguistics course. For a list of courses, see Requirements in the B.A. in Spanish section of the Catalog and view the appropriate areas. 

Students can apply one University of Iowa course taught in English toward the minor (see "Spanish Courses Taught in English" below), but all other courses for the minor must be taught in Spanish.

Students are advised by the Division of World Languages, Literatures and Cultures academic advisor. In consultation with their advisor, students also may choose to count 3 s.h. toward their Spanish minor from:

  • coursework in Spanish at the University of Iowa below the major level (such as SPAN:1502 Intermediate Spanish II); or
  • transfer credit approved by the department, including credit from study abroad programs sponsored by other universities; or
  • Advanced Placement Program (AP) Spanish Language and Culture or Literature and Culture exams with a score of 4 or higher; or
  • incentive credit earned from the Furthering Language Incentive Program (FLIP).  

Spanish Courses Taught in English

SPAN:2001Global Science Fiction3
SPAN:2050Spanish in the United States3
SPAN:2280Introduction to Latina/o/x Studies3
SPAN:2700Introduction to Latin American Studies3
SPAN:2850Brazilian Narrative in Translation3
SPAN:2901Diversity and Cultures in Spain3
SPAN:3105Linguistic Aspects of the Lusophone World3-4
SPAN:3190Psycholinguistic Aspects of Bilingualism3-4
SPAN:3192Heritage Language Teaching3
SPAN:3211Comparative Arts3
SPAN:3295Topics in Film and Culture3
SPAN:3400Chicano Literature and Culture3
SPAN:3440Topics in Latina/o/x Literature and Culture3
SPAN:3850Topics in Cultural Studies3
SPAN:3999Major Ambassadors1
SPAN:4805Chicano Cinema3
SPAN:4820Latina/o/x Popular Culture3
SPAN:4900Latin American Studies Seminar3
SPAN:4925Topics in Film Narrative3

Study Abroad

The department participates in study abroad programs in Spain and Latin America; most of these programs offer both summer and semester or yearlong programs. The programs in Spain include the Board of Regents Hispanic Institute program in Valladolid (summer only); Cultures of Spain (Madrid, summer only), USAC (University Studies Abroad Consortium) programs in Alicante, Bilbao, Madrid, and San Sebastián; and CIEE programs in Alcalá de Henares, Alicante, Barcelona, Madrid, Palma de Mallorca, and Seville.

The programs in Latin America include USAC programs in Chile (Santiago) and Costa Rica (Heredia, Puntarenas, and San Ramón); CIEE programs in Argentina (Buenos Aires), Chile (Santiago and Valparaíso), Dominican Republic (Santiago), and Peru (Lima). They also include the CIC Latin America Health, Nutrition, and Environmental Issues Program in Santiago, Dominican Republic. For information about other international study programs in Spanish, contact International Programs Study Abroad.

Participation in a number of different programs allows the department to offer study abroad opportunities that take into account a variety of student interests and needs. Credit earned in these or other study abroad programs may be applied toward the requirements for the Spanish minor. The amount of credit that may be accepted varies according to the program.

Interested students should contact the department's study abroad advisor. Credit earned in study abroad programs other than those listed above counts as transfer credit and is subject to the 3 s.h. maximum allowed for the minor.

Teacher Licensure

Students who plan to use their work toward a minor in Spanish as academic background for earning teacher licensure should contact the Office of Student Services in the College of Education about requirements.

Sample Plan of Study

Sample plans represent one way to complete a program of study. Actual course selection and sequence will vary and should be discussed with an academic advisor. For additional sample plans, see MyUI.

Spanish, Minor

Plan of Study Grid (Manual)
Academic Career
Any SemesterHours
The undergraduate minor in Spanish requires a minimum of 18 s.h. in Spanish courses, including at least 15 s.h. in the Department of Spanish and Portuguese courses at the University of Iowa with prefix SPAN, numbered 2000-4998.  
Students must maintain a GPA of at least 2.00 in all courses for the Spanish minor.  
Coursework in the Spanish minor may not be taken pass/nonpass.  
Study Abroad: students can count coursework toward the Spanish minor from study abroad programs that earn University of Iowa resident credit.  
 Hours0
First Year
Fall
SPAN:1001 Elementary Spanish I a, b 5
 Hours5
Spring
SPAN:1002 Elementary Spanish II a, b 5
 Hours5
Second Year
Fall
SPAN:1501 Intermediate Spanish I a, b 5
 Hours5
Spring
SPAN:1502 Intermediate Spanish II b, c, d 5
 Hours5
Third Year
Fall
Minor: Spanish elective (prefix SPAN) numbered 2000-4998 e, f 3
Minor: Spanish elective (prefix SPAN) numbered 2000-4998 e, f 3
 Hours6
Spring
Minor: Spanish elective (prefix SPAN) numbered 2000-4998 e, f 3
 Hours3
Fourth Year
Fall
Minor: Spanish elective (prefix SPAN) numbered 3000-4998 e, f 3
 Hours3
Spring
Minor: Spanish elective (prefix SPAN) numbered 3000-4998 e, f 3
 Hours3
 Total Hours35