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Spanish Language Minor

Make Your Resume Stand Out With a Spanish Language Minor.

The Spanish Language Minor at UMass Boston helps you hone your Spanish proficiency through a carefully structured curriculum. Through this minor, you’ll learn how to confidently understand, speak, interact, and write in Spanish, skills that will set you apart in today’s increasingly transnational world.

This minor program serves as a stepping stone if you're considering a major in — or already are majoring in — Latin American and Iberian Studies with specializations in Translation, Spanish Linguistics, or Language, Culture, and Society.

Expand Your Studies

How To Apply/Declare

Current Undergraduate Students: Declare or change your minor by completing an Undergraduate Program Add/Change form.

Prospective Undergraduate Students: Apply for admission to UMass Boston by completing an application. Start by reviewing the first-year and transfer application pages for important information about requirements, deadlines, and application status checks. Use the links below to apply: 

Apply as a First-Year Student

Apply as a Transfer Student


Foundational Courses (9 Credits)

Take three courses from below.

  • SPAN 230 - Spanish Composition and Conversation I 3 Credit(s)  OR
  • SPAN 280 - Spanish for Heritage Speakers 3 Credit(s)
  • SPAN 301 - Adv Rdg,Wrtg &Spkng 3 Credit(s)  OR
  • SPAN 289 - Writing for Heritage Speakers of Spanish 3 Credit(s)
  • SPAN 304 - Spanish for Majors and Minors 3 Credit(s)

Advanced Courses and Latin American Studies Course (9 Credits)

Take three courses from the list below. Only ONE course may be a LATAM course.

  • SPAN 316 - Advanced Spanish Grammar 3 Credit(s)
  • SPAN 317 - Introduction to Translation Studies (Spanish/English) 3 Credit(s)
  • SPAN 320 - Varieties of Spanish in the Americas 3 Credit(s)
  • SPAN 333 - Intermediate Translation Spanish/English 3 Credit(s)
  • SPAN 362 - Spanish-American Short Story 3 Credit(s)
  • SPAN 364 - Spanish-American Essay 3 Credit(s)
  • LATAM 360 - Language and Power in the Americas 3 Credit(s)

Completion Requirements

Complete 18 credits from six courses, including three foundational courses and three advanced-level courses. Please note: Students in this minor must also demonstrate intermediate proficiency in Spanish. Study abroad is strongly encouraged.

Pass/fail: No more than one course taken pass/fail may be applied toward the minor.
Residency: At least three courses for the minor must be completed at UMass Boston.


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