The Hispanic Language and Culture minor will prepare students for graduate studies, professional studies, and work, it will prepare students to take Hispanic linguistics and advanced cultural and social courses that apply to the region. It requires fewer literary courses than the traditional Spanish minor while helping students to sharpen their communication skills and cultural understanding.
This minor requires 18 credits for completion. At least half of the credits for the minor, including no fewer than one upper-level course, must be taken on the Pittsburgh campus.
For the most current course requirements, please refer to the Dietrich School of Arts & Sciences Undergraduate Studies Department's program requirements sheet for the Spanish major, Spanish minor, and Hispanic Language and Culture minor. Please contact an HLL advisor regarding requirements for students with enrollment dates prior to recent course registration policy revisions (the revision date is noted on the program sheet).
- SPAN 0120 - CONVERSATION
- Either SPAN 0125 - GRAMMAR AND COMPOSITION or SPAN 0126 - SPANISH ADVANCED GRAMMAR AND COMPOSITION FOR HERITAGE SPEAKERS
- SPAN 1250 - HISPANIC CIVILIZATIONS
- SPAN 1312 - OVERVIEW OF SPANISH LINGUISTICS
Upper-Level Required Course
One course from the following list.
- SPAN 1056 - READING, WRITING, & HEALTH IN SPANISH
- Any 1300-level SPAN course
Upper-Level Elective Course
Students must complete one additional upper-level course from the 1400-, 1600-, or 1700-series. The department prefers that students choose courses identified as having a focus on culture or cultural studies rather than a literary emphasis.
Additional Requirements and Information
Language of Instruction
Students pursuing the Hispanic Language and Culture minor can take up to one course offered by the department that is taught in English. In order to have it count toward minor requirements, however, written assignments must be submitted in Spanish.
Credits in Residence
To complete the Hispanic Language and Culture minor, students are required to take in residence at the University of Pittsburgh a minimum of nine credits of the 18 required for the minor. One upper-level elective must be included in these nine credits.
Students must maintain an average grade of C or higher in all department courses. No course with a grade below C will count toward minor requirements.
Satisfactory/No Credit Grade Option
No course that counts toward this minor may be taken on the Satisfactory/No Credit (S/NC) grade basis.