Spanish Minor

Students minoring in Spanish must take a minimum of six courses numbered SPAN 2001 Spanish Language and Literature and higher, to be chosen in consultation with the assigned departmental Spanish minor adviser.

The six courses for the minor normally include:

Course Title Credits
SPAN 2001Spanish Language and Literature 13
or SPAN 2201 Spanish Community Engaged Learning
or SPAN 2301 Spanish for Heritage Speakers
SPAN 2500Approaches to Literature 24
SPAN 3001Spain: Literature and Culture Survey 34
or SPAN 3002 Latin America: Literature and Culture Survey
Select three electives numbered SPAN 2302 or above. 412

Students normally begin the minor with one of these courses, and may only count one of them towards the minor. Courses numbered lower than 2001 do not count toward the minor.


This course is the prerequisite for all courses numbered 3000 and above.


Neither course is a prerequisite for taking other 3000- or 4000-level Spanish electives.


Any SPAN course numbered 2302 and above may apply, as well as certain other courses such as MLAL 3007 Spanish Linguistics. Two of these elective courses must be above the 3000-level.

Heritage speakers of Spanish, who are initially placed in SPAN 2301 Spanish for Heritage Speakers, may fulfill the language core requirement with this course and begin the Spanish minor at this level. 

Students who place out of either SPAN 2001 Spanish Language and Literature or SPAN 2301 Spanish for Heritage Speakers must replace them with an upper-level elective course.

All six courses must be taken in Spanish and in the department except when studying abroad. At least three courses, including SPAN 3001 Spain: Literature and Culture Survey and/or SPAN 3002 Latin America: Literature and Culture Survey, must be numbered 3000 or above.

AB and IB Credit

All courses counting towards the core language requirement and the major or the minor in a modern foreign language, literature and culture must be taken for credit and a letter grade. When AP or IB credits are awarded as equivalent to the 1502 level in a language, these credits will be applied toward the core language requirement and, as elective credits, toward graduation, but they will not be applied toward the major or the minor in that language.

Double Counting

Spanish minors may double count up to two courses toward their Spanish minor and another minor, or another major.

Study Abroad

A maximum of two courses taken abroad for one semester, and a maximum of three courses taken abroad for a year may be applied toward the Spanish minor. These courses must be approved by the Spanish minor adviser prior to studying abroad.


The minor in Spanish is available at Fordham College at Rose Hill and Fordham College at Lincoln Center. Students in Fordham's School of Professional and Continuing Studies may minor in Spanish only if they receive the approval of their advising dean and/or department, and their schedules are sufficiently flexible to permit them to take day courses at the Rose Hill or Lincoln Center campuses.