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Spanish Minor MIN

Degree Type: Minor

College(s): Arts and Sciences

Required Courses  Credit Hours 
SPAN 201 Intermediate Spanish 1 4
SPAN 202 Intermediate Spanish 2 4
SPAN 301 Advanced Spanish 1 4
SPAN 302 Advanced Spanish 2 4
Choose one:
SPAN 323 Survey of Spanish Literature 3
SPAN 343 Hispanic Cinema 3
Choose one:
SPAN 331 Contemp Culture-Soc of Spain 3
SPAN 333 Contemp Cult-Soc Hispan Americ 3

Why Choose a Spanish Minor?

The fastest-growing population in the U.S. is Spanish-speaking Americans, and some of our most important trade partnerships are in Mexico and Latin America. In the coming years, a demonstrated fluency in Spanish is sure to be an asset in any career, whether it is education, health care, business, governmental service, technology, or tourism and leisure activities. The Spanish minor allows students to develop their skills in written and conversational Spanish and also to study the cultures of Spain, Mexico, and Latin America. Summer study-abroad programs are available when there is sufficient demand.

While all careers are enhanced by knowledge of a second or third language, specific majors at Ferris lend themselves to this intercultural awareness including:

International Business, Hospitality Management, Criminal Justice, Social Work, Plastics Engineering, Teacher Education, Public Relations, Public Administration, Health Care, HVAC, and Building Trades.

Spanish today is the second language of the United States. In virtually all major metropolitan areas, as well as in many agricultural regions, a knowledge of Spanish provides a distinct professional and cultural advantage. Students with this minor enhance their opportunity for employment in a variety of careers throughout the country.

This academic minor prepares students for careers requiring effective communication, cultural understanding, intensive technical and professional reports, interpretive and critical thinking skills, formal proposals for funding, advanced writing abilities, and methods of research, analysis, and interpretation.

Admission Requirements

This Spanish minor is open to any student admitted to Ferris State University and pursuing a baccalaureate degree. The minor is designed to complement any Ferris major program. Students may use only one-third of the credits in a minor that overlap with the student's major. For example: If a minor is 18 credits, 6 credits may be applied to the minor that are also used in the major. Students may apply 6 credit hours of overlap between minors.

Graduation Requirements

An academic minor may only be awarded upon completion of a baccalaureate degree at Ferris State. This minor requires a minimum of 22 credits with a minimum 2.0 grade average in these courses.

Also, 50 percent of the credits for a minor must be taught by Ferris State University.

More Information

Advisor: Ms. Ana Davila-Howard
Phone:   231-591-5854
e-mail: Davila-a@ferris.edu

Advisor: Dr. Steven Symmes
Phone:   231-591-5894
e-mail: symmess@ferris.edu

Languages & Literature Department
Ferris State University
820 Campus Drive, ASC 3080
Big Rapids, MI 49307
Phone: 231-591-3988


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