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Why minor in Spanish at Missouri State University?

  • As our country’s Spanish-speaking population continues to grow, so does demand for people who can read and write Spanish, as well as translate Spanish into English.
  • Studying a foreign language will prepare you to pursue graduate studies.
  • Missouri State offers you many opportunities for study away, service learning and internships so that you can practice speaking Spanish in real-world situations.

Accelerated placement for students who have Spanish proficiency

If you have acquired proficiency in Spanish as a result of previous exposure to and experience with the language, consider the accelerated pathway for Spanish minor completion.

Minor Requirements

Spanish

Bachelor of Applied Science
Bachelor of Arts
Bachelor of Fine Arts
Bachelor of Music
Bachelor of Science
Bachelor of Science in Nursing
Bachelor of Social Work

In consultation with advisor, complete 18 hours in Spanish beyond courses 101, 102 and 103.

Spanish

Bachelor of Science in Education (Non-Certifiable)

In consultation with advisor, complete 18 hours in Spanish beyond courses 101, 102 and 103 with six of those hours being 300-level or higher.


Spanish Courses

Spanish (SPN) courses

  • SPN 101 Elementary Spanish I

    This course is the first part of the introductory sequence in Spanish. Students acquire Novice Mid-level proficiency in the interpersonal, interpretive, and presentational communicative modes and begin to explore the cultural perspectives, products, and practices of Spanish-speaking peoples.

    Credit hoursLecture contact hoursLab contact hoursTypically offeredCORE 42 (MOTR) equivalent
    330Fall, SpringLANG 103 - Spanish I.
  • SPN 102 Elementary Spanish II

    Prerequisite: C or better in SPN 101.

    This course is the second part of the introductory sequence in Spanish. Students reinforce Novice Mid-level proficiency and acquire Novice High-level competence in the interpersonal, interpretive, and presentational communicative modes while continuing to explore the cultural perspectives, products, and practices of Spanish-speaking peoples.

    Credit hoursLecture contact hoursLab contact hoursTypically offeredCORE 42 (MOTR) equivalent
    330Fall, SpringLANG 104 - Spanish II.
  • SPN 103 Elementary Spanish I and II

    This course encompasses in one semester what is typically offered as the first and second part of the introductory sequence in Spanish (SPN 101 and SPN 102). Students acquire Novice High-level proficiency in the interpersonal, interpretive, and presentational communicative modes and begin to explore the cultural perspectives, products, and practices of Spanish-speaking peoples. The amount of contact time for class meetings per week is twice as much as in one SPN 101 or SPN 102 course. Students with prior credit for SPN 101 and/or SPN 102 cannot receive credit toward graduation for SPN 103.

    Credit hoursLecture contact hoursLab contact hoursTypically offered
    660Fall, Spring
  • SPN 201 Intermediate Spanish I

    Prerequisite: C or better in SPN 102 or SPN 103.

    This course is the first part of the intermediate sequence in Spanish. Students reinforce Novice High-Level proficiency and acquire Intermediate Low-level competence in the interpersonal, interpretive, and presentational communicative modes while continuing to explore the cultural perspectives, products, and practices of Spanish-speaking peoples.

    Credit hoursLecture contact hoursLab contact hoursTypically offered
    330Fall, Spring
  • SPN 202 Intermediate Spanish II

    Prerequisite: C or better in SPN 201.

    This course is the second part of the intermediate sequence in Spanish. Students reinforce Intermediate Low-Level proficiency and acquire Intermediate Mid-level competence in the interpersonal, interpretive, and presentational communicative modes while continuing to explore the cultural perspectives, products, and practices of Spanish-speaking peoples.

    Credit hoursLecture contact hoursLab contact hoursTypically offered
    330Fall, Spring
  • SPN 203 Intermediate Spanish I and II

    Prerequisite: SPN 102 or SPN 103.

    This course encompasses in one semester what is typically offered as the first and second part of the intermediate sequence in Spanish (SPN 201 and SPN 202). Students acquire Intermediate Mid-level proficiency in the interpersonal, interpretive, and presentational communicative modes, while exploring the cultural perspectives, products, and practices of Spanish-speaking peoples. The amount of contact time for class meetings per week is twice as much as in one SPN 201 or SPN 202 course. Students with prior credit for SPN 201 and/or SPN 202 cannot receive credit toward graduation for SPN 203.

    Credit hoursLecture contact hoursLab contact hoursTypically offered
    660Fall, Spring
  • SPN 205 Spanish Proficiency Skills

    Prerequisite: C or better in SPN 201 or SPN 203.

    This course focuses on the development of formal and informal oral communication skills through oral practice in authentic contexts stressing extensive vocabulary development and cultural information relevant to the Spanish-speaking world. Native and heritage speakers (students who grew up in households where Spanish was frequently spoken) must enroll in the heritage language section of this course. For details, contact a Spanish section faculty member.

    Credit hoursLecture contact hoursLab contact hoursTypically offered
    330Fall, Spring
  • SPN 290 Intermediate Grammar Review

    Prerequisite: SPN 202 or SPN 203.

    This course is designed to review and practice previously-learned grammatical concepts in Spanish as well as to learn to recognize and use specific advanced structures in the Spanish language. To this end, students will expand their knowledge of vocabulary and grammar through practice in both spoken and written Spanish, and the class will be conducted in Spanish. This course is recommended for intermediate-level students who want and need more grammar instruction after recently completing SPN 202 or 203.

    Credit hoursLecture contact hoursLab contact hoursTypically offered
    330Spring
  • SPN 297 Special Topics in Spanish

    Prerequisite: permission of instructor and department head.

    Topics of selected interest in Spanish studies, including travel-courses to Spanish-speaking countries. The specific subject matter and/or international component may change from semester to semester according to resources and demand. May be repeated, as topics change, to a maximum of 6 credit hours. Variable content course.

    Credit hoursLecture contact hoursLab contact hoursTypically offered
    1-6Upon demand
  • SPN 300 Service Learning in Spanish

    Prerequisite: 30 hours and concurrent registration in a Spanish course at the 202 level or above.

    This service component for the existing Spanish curriculum incorporates community service with classroom instruction to provide an integrative learning experience that addresses the practice of citizenship and promotes an awareness of and participation in public affairs. Includes 40 hours of service providing instruction or other community service in the Springfield-area schools and other community groups. May be repeated.

    Credit hoursLecture contact hoursLab contact hoursTypically offered
    1Fall, Spring
  • SPN 312 Spanish Composition

    Prerequisite: SPN 202 or SPN 203 or SPN 205.

    This course targets the development of composition skills, focusing on intensive grammar review, vocabulary building, and the discursive and stylistic elements of a variety of written genres. Several essays will be assigned to help students to develop into effective writers in Spanish. Native and heritage speakers (students who grew up in households where Spanish was frequently spoken) must enroll in the heritage language section of this course. For details, contact a Spanish section faculty member.

    Credit hoursLecture contact hoursLab contact hoursTypically offered
    330Fall, Spring
  • SPN 314 Hispanic Contemporary Issues

    Prerequisite: SPN 205 and SPN 312.

    This course examines recent historical events and current popular trends and movements using multiple media sources (films, the internet, magazines, songs, music, photographs and television) to better understand contemporary Hispanic/Spanish culture. The focus of the course is on the development of topics for conversational content, analysis, presentations and written essays in Spanish.

    Credit hoursLecture contact hoursLab contact hoursTypically offered
    330Fall
  • SPN 316 Spanish for the Professions

    Prerequisite: SPN 312.

    Students will learn Spanish-language skills needed in the professional field in order to communicate with Spanish-speaking individuals. This course emphasizes specialized vocabulary building, role-play, and an understanding of Hispanic cultures. The linguistic and cultural insights learned in this course will prepare students to function better in a complex multilingual and multicultural society. Topics may include Spanish for law enforcement, social services, education, medicine, business, and communications.

    Credit hoursLecture contact hoursLab contact hoursTypically offered
    330Fall
  • SPN 317 Medical Spanish

    Prerequisite: SPN 312.

    This course introduces students to Spanish terminology used in health care contexts. In addition to learning medical terminology, students practice and master basic concepts pertinent to communicating in Spanish with patients and health care providers. Students also practice straightforward medical interpreting scenarios.

    Credit hoursLecture contact hoursLab contact hoursTypically offered
    330Fall
  • SPN 320 Hispanic Cinema

    Prerequisite: SPN 312.

    A survey of major, twentieth-century films produced in Spanish throughout the Spanish-speaking world. Course features a study of directors and works, technique of cinematography, film content and theme development, and analysis of Spanish-language usage and culture in selected films. The relationship between film and Spanish literature and art is also studied. Selected films are also viewed and studied over the course of the semester.

    Credit hoursLecture contact hoursLab contact hoursTypically offered
    331Spring
  • SPN 324 Introduction to Spanish Linguistics

    Prerequisite: SPN 312.

    Develops students' understanding of issues in Spanish linguistics by exploring such topics as phonetics and phonology, morphology and syntax, semantics, history of the language, and regional and social language variation. Variable content course. May be repeated once with different content.

    Credit hoursLecture contact hoursLab contact hoursTypically offered
    330Fall
  • SPN 325 Civilization of Spain

    Prerequisite: SPN 312.

    Origin and development of Iberian culture; includes geography, history, philosophy and arts.

    Credit hoursLecture contact hoursLab contact hoursTypically offered
    330Spring
  • SPN 326 Civilization of Spanish America

    Prerequisite: SPN 312.

    Origin and development of Spanish American culture; includes geography, history, philosophy, and the arts.

    Credit hoursLecture contact hoursLab contact hoursTypically offered
    330Fall
  • SPN 410 Translation

    Prerequisite: SPN 312.

    Activities and exercises in oral and written translation focusing on career fields.

    Credit hoursLecture contact hoursLab contact hoursTypically offered
    330Fall, Spring
  • SPN 415 Business Spanish

    Prerequisite: SPN 312 or higher.

    This course presents language skills and business terminology necessary for future careers in business, trade, marketing, or commerce. Emphasis is given to business related scenarios such as personal interviews, business writing etiquette, etc. Course also examines political, economic, social, and cultural factors which affect business in the Hispanic countries and the U.S. Hispanic community.

    Credit hoursLecture contact hoursLab contact hoursTypically offered
    330Fall
  • SPN 450 Modern Peninsular Literature

    Prerequisite: SPN 312.

    Selected works or authors from Modern Peninsular literature. May be repeated once with a different topic. Variable content course.

    Credit hoursLecture contact hoursLab contact hoursTypically offered
    330Fall
  • SPN 460 Spanish American Literature

    Prerequisite: SPN 312.

    Selected works or authors from Spanish American Literature. May be repeated once with a different topic. Variable content course.

    Credit hoursLecture contact hoursLab contact hoursTypically offered
    330Spring
  • SPN 480 Directed Readings

    Prerequisite: permission of instructor and department head.

    May be repeated to a total of 6 hours.

    Credit hoursLecture contact hoursLab contact hoursTypically offered
    1-3Upon demand
  • SPN 495 Advanced Undergraduate Seminar in Spanish

    Prerequisite: SPN 325 or SPN 326; and SPN 450 or SPN 460; or permission of instructor.

    Study of advanced topics relating to language and proficiency development or literary and cultural themes in Spanish or Hispanic cultures. Variable content course. May be repeated, as content changes, to a maximum of 6 hours.

    Credit hoursLecture contact hoursLab contact hoursTypically offered
    330Fall, Spring
  • SPN 510 Advanced Translation

    Prerequisite: SPN 410.

    Builds on the translation and interpreting skills acquired in SPN 410. Students will be exposed to a variety of translation theories and methods and will increase their overall language proficiency as they gain further practical translation experience in a number of genres. May be taught concurrently with SPN 610. Cannot receive credit for both SPN 610 and SPN 510.

    Credit hoursLecture contact hoursLab contact hoursTypically offered
    330Upon demand
  • SPN 524 Advanced Topics in Hispanic Linguistics

    Prerequisite: SPN 324.

    This course focuses on specific issues in Hispanic linguistics with an emphasis on their applicability to learning and teaching Spanish. Topics may include the study of Spanish in its social and political contexts, Spanish phonetics and phonology, Spanish syntax and morphology, language variation and change in the Spanish-speaking world, historical perspectives, and developments in theoretical and applied Spanish linguistics. May be taught concurrently with SPN 624. Cannot receive credit for both SPN 524 and SPN 624.

    Credit hoursLecture contact hoursLab contact hoursTypically offered
    330Spring (odd-numbered years)
  • SPN 590 Advanced Spanish Grammar

    Prerequisite: SPN 312 or permission of instructor.

    Students improve their mastery of complex grammatical features in Spanish through analysis of authentic written texts and spoken language and through practice and application. May be taught concurrently with SPN 690. Cannot receive credit for both SPN 590 and SPN 690.

    Credit hoursLecture contact hoursLab contact hoursTypically offered
    330Spring
  • SPN 610 Advanced Translation

    Builds on the translation and interpreting skills acquired in SPN 410. Students will be exposed to a variety of translation theories and methods and will increase their overall language proficiency as they gain further practical translation experience in a number of genres. May be taught concurrently with SPN 510. Cannot receive credit for both SPN 510 and SPN 610.

    Credit hoursLecture contact hoursLab contact hoursTypically offered
    330Upon demand
  • SPN 624 Advanced Topics in Hispanic Linguistics

    This course focuses on specific issues in Hispanic linguistics with an emphasis on their applicability to learning and teaching Spanish. Topics may include the study of Spanish in its social and political contexts, Spanish phonetics and phonology, Spanish syntax and morphology, language variation and change in the Spanish-speaking world, historical perspectives, and developments in theoretical and applied Spanish linguistics. May be taught concurrently with SPN 524. Cannot receive credit for both SPN 524 and SPN 624.

    Credit hoursLecture contact hoursLab contact hoursTypically offered
    330Spring (odd-numbered years)
  • SPN 690 Advanced Spanish Grammar

    Students improve their mastery of complex grammatical features in Spanish through analysis of authentic written texts and spoken language and through practice and application. They will also explore theories pertaining to the acquisition of language structures and related approaches to teaching grammar to second language learners. May be taught concurrently with SPN 590. Cannot receive credit for both SPN 590 and SPN 690.

    Credit hoursLecture contact hoursLab contact hoursTypically offered
    330Spring
  • SPN 725 Seminar in Hispanic Literature and Culture

    This course will enhance students' language proficiency and cultural competence through the interpretation and analysis of selected literary, philosophical, and cultural texts from the Hispanic tradition. Variable content course. May be repeated once with changed content.

    Credit hoursLecture contact hoursLab contact hoursTypically offered
    330Upon demand
  • SPN 735 Advanced Spanish Proficiency

    This course designation is used to grant credit for prior learning on the basis of established proficiency assessments. No more than three hours of SPN 735 credit may be applied toward the requirements of any master's program or certificate.

    Credit hoursLecture contact hoursLab contact hoursTypically offered
    3-12Upon demand

Adding a minor

To add a minor, visit the Academic Advising and Transfer Center in University Hall 109.