Spanish Minor


Before declaring the minor, students must complete four Spanish language courses in order to gain the indispensable skills to effectively read, write, and discuss in a foreign language. Students with any previous knowledge of Spanish must take a placement test. Please note that a grade of ‘B+’ or higher in SPAN 0004 is required in order to declare the minor.

Students who intend to pursue a major or minor in Spanish and have received a B or B- in Spanish 0004 have the opportunity to take the B+ Test. The B+ test consists of a written component and an oral interview. You should receive at least 87 points with the two scores combined. You must take the B+ test within the year following the completion of SP 0004. For example, if you received a B in SP 0004 in the Fall 2016, you are allowed to take the B+ test either in Spring 2017 or Fall 2017. Students will be granted the opportunity to take the B+ test only once. Please contact Dolores Lima ( to schedule a B+ test.

Requisites to Minor in Hispanic Languages and Literatures

Basic Level (2 courses, 6 credits) Credits
SPAN 0020 Conversation 3
SPAN 0025 Grammar and Composition        3
Mid Level (2 courses, 6 credits)  Credits
SPAN 1250 (0050) Hispanic Civilizations     3
Any SPAN 13XX-level course 3
Upper Level (2 courses, 6 credits) Credits
Two courses from the following: SPAN 14XX, 16XX, 17XX or 18XX (except 1400 and 1600). These courses include, for example, Colonial Literature and Cultures, Latin American Novel, U.S. Latino Literature and Film, African Presence in Hispanic Literature and Culture, Don Quixote, Modern Spanish Novel and Film, etc. 6
Total Credits 18

Language of instruction

Spanish Minors 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 Spanish minor, students are required to take in residence at the University of Pittsburgh a minimum of nine (9) credits of the eighteen (18) required for the minor. One upper level elective must be included in these nine credits.

Grade requirements

Students must maintain an average grade of C or higher in all department courses. No course with a grade below “C” will count towards minor requirements.

Satisfactory/No Credit (S/NC) option

The S/NC option is not available for minors.

General Education Requirements

Although the following courses are not part of the minor, students can tke them to satisfy general education requirements and at the same time improve their Spanish:

  • Spanish 0055 (Introduction to Literary and Cultural Studies) satisfies the Writing (W) requirement
  • Spanish 1260 and 1280 satisfy the Literature 1 (L1) requirement
  • Starting in Spring 2016, Span 1250 will satisfy the Historical Change and Foreign Culture/ International-Regional​ requirement.