Minor in Spanish & Latin American Languages, Literatures & Cultures

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The minor in Spanish and Latin American Languages, Literatures and Cultures offers a highly flexible 18-credit curriculum, making it ideal for students who wish to integrate Spanish with another field of study. After completing two core courses, minors choose from elective options such as Caribbean Literature and Culture, Literature and Dictatorship, Studies in Latinx Cultural Production, Queer Latin America and many more.


Course Requirements

Applies to all students who declared in fall 2019 or later. See course requirements for students who declared prior to fall 2019.

The following requirements must be fulfilled: 18 credits including 6 credits in required courses and 12 credits in elective courses, and satisfactory completion of the prerequisite introductory language sequence.
Prerequisite introductory language sequence
SPAN 1011Intensive Beginning Spanish: the Spanish-speaking world
or SPAN 1012 Intensive Elementary Spanish: the Spanish-speaking world
SPAN 1013Intermediate Spanish I: the Spanish-Speaking World
SPAN 1014Intermediate Spanish II: the Spanish-speaking world
SPAN 2005Advanced Spanish I
Required minor courses
SPAN 2006Advanced Spanish II
or SPAN 2026 Advanced Spanish for Heritage Learners
or SPAN 2056 (in lieu of SPAN 2005 and SPAN 2006) *
SPAN 3100Texts and Contexts of the Spanish-Speaking World
or SPAN 3100W Texts and Contexts of the Spanish-Speaking World
12 credits selected from SPAN 2500 and any SPAN courses numbered 3000 or above. At least 3 of these credits must be in literary studies. Literary studies courses include:
SPAN 3400Theatre of Spain and Latin America
SPAN 3410Latin American Short Fiction
SPAN 3420The Essay in Spain and Latin America
SPAN 3440Caribbean Literature and Culture
SPAN 3500Medieval Iberia in the Modern World
SPAN 3510Heresy and the Other in Early Modern Iberia
SPAN 3520Decolonizing the Empire: Colonial Latin America
SPAN 3530Enlightenment Spain
SPAN 3540Major Authors of Spain and Latin America
SPAN 3550Queer Latin America
SPAN 3570Women Writers of Spain and Latin America
SPAN 3600Special Topics
SPAN 3650Literature and Dictatorship
SPAN 3700Cinema of Spain and Latin America
SPAN 4410Contemporary Narrative in Latin America
SPAN 4450Mexican Literature and Culture
SPAN 4460Southern Cone Literature and Culture
SPAN 4480Studies in Latinx Cultural Production
SPAN 4510Cervantes Don Quixote
SPAN 4520Experimental Literature
SPAN 4540The Myth of the Two Spains
SPAN 45501898 to 1998: Spain's First Century without Empire
SPAN 4560Modern Poetry of Spain and Latin America
SPAN 4650Literary Translation
SPAN 4700Film as Text in Latin America

 *Only 3 of the 6 credits earned in SPAN 2056 are applied to this requirement.

Note: With the exception of courses take in GW Study Programs in Chile and Madrid, no more than three courses taken abroad may count toward the minor.

Course Requirements for Students Who Declared Prior to Fall 2019

Students must complete 18 credit hours consisting of:

  • Three courses chosen from SPAN 2005-3040,
  • SPAN 3100, and
  • Two courses in literature at the 3000-4000 level (from SPAN 3300 to SPAN 4700).

No more than three courses taken abroad may count toward the minor (excluding GW Study Centers in Chile and Spain).