2017-2018 Undergraduate Catalog


Spanish and Hispanic Studies Minor Programs

The Department of Spanish and Hispanic Studies offers three minor programs: the regular minor, Spanish for Health Professions (SHP) and Spanish for Business Professions (SBP). Students must choose one of the three, and none is available to those whose major is Spanish and Hispanic Studies.

Heritage speakers will not receive credit for Spanish 31103 Oral Communication; they must select another course at the 30000 level and above. A heritage speaker is someone who was primarily educated in U.S. schools but who speaks Spanish in the home and with friends and co-workers and is fluent. Special permission by the department chair is required for any deviation from this policy.

Native speakers will not receive credit for Spanish 31103 Oral Communication, 31203 Writing and 31403 Advanced Grammar; they must select another course at the 30000 level or above. A native speaker is considered to be someone who completed his or her primary and secondary education in a Spanish-speaking country. Special permission by the department chair is required for any deviation from this policy.

Spanish and Hispanic Studies Minor

The Spanish minor consists of 21 credits at the 20103 level or above.

Any course taught in Spanish at the 30000 or 40000 level may be taken as an elective.

No course taught in English may be taken to fulfill the minor requirements

Spanish for the Health Professions Minor

The minor in Spanish for the Health Professions is designed to provide students (especially those in nursing) the ability to communicate in Spanish in the area of health care. The minor engages the student with the necessary mechanics of the language and propels him or her into two courses designed especially for students in the health professions. Opportunities are offered for electives to boost oral communication and knowledge of Spanish-speaking communities in the United States and beyond. Options also are available for off-campus service learning and study abroad.

The minor in Spanish for the Health Professions consists of 21 credits at the 20103 level and above. Two courses are required:

SPAN 31503Spanish for Health Professions I

3

SPAN 42503Spanish for the Health Professions 2

3

Any course taught in Spanish at the 30000 or 40000 level may be taken as an elective.

No course taught in English may be taken to fulfill the minor requirement

Spanish for Business Professions Minor

The minor in Spanish for Business Professions (SBP) is designed to provide students (especially those in the business school) the ability to communicate in Spanish in the area of business. The minor engages the student with the necessary mechanics of the language and propels him or her into two courses designed especially for students in the business professions. Opportunities are offered for electives to boost oral communication and knowledge of Spanish-speaking communities in the United States and beyond. Options will be developed for off-campus service learning and study abroad.

The SBP minor consists of 21 credits at the 20103 level and above. The following courses are required:

SPAN 31103Oral Communication in Spanish

3

SPAN 31603Spanish for Business Professions I

3

SPAN 42603Spanish for Business Professions 2

3

*Not required for native and heritage speakers. This group of students must take other electives.

Any course taught in Spanish at the 30000 or 40000 level may be taken as an elective.

No course taught in English may be taken to fulfill the minor requirements.

Study abroad is recommended for all SBP students. Besides the enormous improvement they will gain in speaking ability, the international experience will enhance their career opportunities and cross-cultural competence. Once the program is established, the Department of Spanish and Hispanic Studies will work with the Neeley School of Business to integrate a business dimension into the department’s existing study abroad programs. Similarly, internship and service learning opportunities will be identified.

Up to 9 of the 21 required credits may be taken at an approved study abroad site. To receive credit, the student must meet with advisers from the Neeley School of Business, the Spanish and Hispanic Studies Department, and the Center for International Studies prior to departure to obtain approval for coursework to transfer to TCU.

Suggested Course Sequence

Freshman year

Fall
SPAN 20103Intermediate Spanish 1

3

Spring
SPAN 20203Intermediate Spanish 2

3

Sophomore year

Fall
Elective

Spring
Elective

Junior year

Fall
SPAN 31603Spanish for Business Professions I

3

Spring
SPAN 42603Spanish for Business Professions 2

3

Senior year

Fall
Elective

Students with no previous knowledge of Spanish are strongly encouraged to enroll in the eight-week intensive grammar series:

Freshman year

Fall
SPAN 10113Intensive Spanish for Beginners 1

3

SPAN 10213Intensive Spanish for Beginners 2

3

Spring
SPAN 20113Intensive Intermediate Spanish 1

3

SPAN 20213Intensive Intermediate Spanish 2

3

Native and Heritage Speakers

Native and heritage speakers will not receive credit for Spanish 31103 Oral Communication in Spanish; they should select SPAN 31203 or another course at the 30000 level or above. A native speaker is considered to be someone whose primary or secondary education took place in a Spanish-speaking country. A heritage speaker is someone who was primarily educated in U.S. schools but who speaks Spanish in the home and with friends and co-workers.

Policy on Grades

Courses taken pass/no-credit and courses in which the student earns below a "C" will not count toward the Spanish minors.

Study Abroad

Study abroad is recommended for all minors of Spanish for the Health Professions. In addition to enormous improvement in their speaking ability, students will enhance their career opportunities and cross-cultural competence through the international experience. Up to 9 of the 21 required credits may be taken at an approved study abroad site. To receive credit, students must meet with advisers from the Harris College of Nursing & Health Sciences, the Department of Spanish and Hispanic Studies, and the Center for International Studies prior to departure to obtain approval for coursework to transfer to TCU.