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Minor in Spanish

Did you know more than 559 million people worldwide speak Spanish? In fact, by 2050, the United States is expected to be the largest Spanish-speaking country in the world, with 138 million Spanish speakers. At University of the Cumberlands, the department of World Languages gives you the opportunity to take your Spanish skills to the next level with multiple World Languages and Cultures degree programs, including a minor degree in Spanish:

  • The minor in Spanish offers a 21st-century curriculum that features both liberal arts courses in literature and culture and application classes that promote critical thinking and active use of Spanish in a variety of settings
  • The Spanish minor allows students to tailor their experience by choosing courses in language, literature, culture, and translation

With our Spanish program, students are provided with the tools to understand both the language and the cultures of the Spanish-speaking world. To this end, the Department of World Languages and Cultures offers courses in the Spanish language and the literature and cultures of Spain and the Spanish Americas. Courses are offered at all levels to help students develop the four communicative skills of speaking, listening, reading, and writing in Spanish. With classes small enough to really get to know your classmates and your instructors, the skills and experiences you’ll develop will prepare you for graduate and professional programs as well as for careers in any field in which knowledge of another language and culture is vital.

In addition, students explore the cultural products, perspectives, and practices of the Spanish-speaking world through course work, field trips, extracurricular activities, and study abroad. UC has partner programs in Costa Rica and Salamanca, Spain, or students may work with Spanish faculty to develop an overseas experience that meets their individual educational goals.

Mission and Goals 

The minor degree in Spanish provides students with the tools for today’s global economy. Our Spanish program includes courses in the Spanish language and the literatures and cultures of Spain and the Spanish Americas, with opportunities for practical application within and beyond the classroom. Spanish courses at all levels aid students in developing their skills in speaking, listening, reading, and writing. Spanish students explore the cultures of the Spanish-speaking world through course work, field trips, extracurricular activities, and study abroad. The Spanish minor pairs perfectly with other majors and will help students secure jobs in fields such as education, law enforcement, and health care.

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A minor degree in Spanish can be an ideal complement to any major, particularly in today’s world, where many employers prefer candidates with second-language skills. Spanish has been identified as an area of particularly critical need in education, law enforcement, and medicine. That means there are jobs for Spanish students in a variety of fields, including:

  • International business – contribute to the global economy by using your foreign language experience to strengthen business endeavors around the world 
  • Law Enforcement/National Security – from local police departments to the FBI, DEA, CIA, agencies need people who can communicate in more than one language
  • Health Care - hospitals, clinics, private practices, and labs all need Spanish-speaking personnel
  • Missionary – Spanish is a widely-used language in many mission fields both in the United States and abroad
  • Interpreter/ translator – either full-time or on the side
  • Teacher – the United States is experiencing a teacher shortage in world languages; Cumberlands' graduates are rising to the challenge
  • Diplomacy – just imagine a career in Europe or South America speaking French and Spanish.  You don't have to be an ambassador to play an important role

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Spanish Minor Requirements 

REQUIREMENTS FOR A MINOR IN SPANISH – 7 courses selected from the following: 

 *requires department chair approval 

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More Information on Spanish Minor 


Costs for programs of study at University of the Cumberlands are competitive and affordable. Click here to view tuition rates and fees. 


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The faculty that you'll get to interact with on a daily basis will help guide you on your path to minor in Spanish. Learn more about the Spanish faculty.

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Whichever direction you choose to go, let University of the Cumberlands' Spanish program help you prepare for a rewarding career. Let’s talk about our test-optional college admissions process, scholarship opportunities, and more! Fill out the form on this page for more info today!

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