Spanish Minors

Adding a Spanish minor to your degree plan will make you more marketable in the job market.

The U.S. has the second-largest Spanish-speaking population in the world and the numbers continue to grow. With 35 million people in U.S. speaking Spanish as their first language, having a fundamental understanding of Spanish communication skills can give you an immediate advantage over your peers in the job market. Because Spanish is spoken in 20 countries worldwide, having Spanish language ability opens the door to travel or work in countries rich in Hispanic culture and history.

Minors

D'Youville College offers two minors in the Spanish language:

Spanish

The minor in Spanish is designed to give students the opportunity
to acquire an intermediate or higher level of proficiency. Students
who begin Spanish at D'Youville will be required to take the first
two years of Spanish. Students exempt from elementary courses
(Spanish 101, 102) will be required to take more advanced courses
at the 200-level.

  • Emphasis on oral communication, speaking and listening skills
  • Choose a minimum of 4 three-credit courses to earn a minor
  • In some instances courses taken may also be used to satisfy the Core Curriculum

Spanish for the Health Professions

A minor in Spanish for the Health Professions provide not only linguistic competence, but an understanding of sociocultural aspects of Hispanic ethnic groups, which is essential to a professional's ability to work with Spanish-speaking persons

  • Learn conversational Spanish, providing relevant and in-demand skills for healthcare professionals
  • Choose a minimum of 4 three-credit courses to earn a minor
  • In some instances courses taken may also be used to satisfy the Core Curriculum

Spanish Language Courses

Name Course description Prerequisites
SPA 101 
Level I
Spanish 101 is an introductory course of Spanish for true beginners, and for students learning Spanish for the first time. The level of Spanish in this class is basic. One year of high school Spanish or no Spanish at all
SPA 102
Level II
Spanish 102 is the second semester of beginner Spanish and the continuation of SPA 101. The level is still basic, but the course builds the student's confidence in the language and encourages an increased application of the basic grammar structures in written and oral forms of communication. Two years of high school Spanish or SPA 101.
SPA 201
Level III
Spanish 201 is the first semester of intermediate Spanish. In this course, students revisit basic structures of the Spanish language and develop a mastery of new intermediate-level concepts, in preparation for more advanced level courses in Spanish language and writing. Three years of high school Spanish or SPA 102.
SPA 202
Level IV
Spanish 202 is the second semester of intermediate Spanish and the continuation of SPA 201. In this course, students complete a mastery in intermediate level Spanish by learning the effective communication in the future tense, and the present and past subjunctive mode. Four years of high school Spanish or SPA 201.
SPA 211
Spanish Conversation & Composition
Spanish 211 is an intermediate-advanced level course in Spanish composition and conversation. While there is some review of various grammar points ranging from basic to more advanced grammar, the focus of the course is on the oral and written production of language as a process. SPA 202, or SPA 226 WIP, or an advanced level course in high school, or the equivalent of SPA 202 from another college/university, or by instructor permission.
SPA 389
Advanced Spanish
Spanish 389 is an intermediate-advanced level course in Spanish conversation and composition and the continuation of SPA 211. More advanced grammar structures will be studied in this course through its application in the form of expository and argumentative forms of writing. SPA 211 or by instructor permission.
SPA 225
Spanish for the Health Professions
Spanish 225 is an intermediate level course that introduces students to a more specialized vocabulary related to the health professions. Although the work load can be considered more rigorous than an introductory course of Spanish, this course only reviews beginner level Spanish grammar. SPA 101 or by instructor permission.
SPA 226
Spanish for the Health Professions II
Spanish 226 WIP is an intermediate-advanced level course that continues SPA 225. There are more writing assignments in both Spanish and English in order to fulfill the WIP requirements. The grammar in SPA 226 also becomes increasingly more advanced. SPA 225 or by instructor permission.


To Register a Structured Minor

To take a structured minor which will be recorded on the transcript, the student must do the following:

Questions?

Not sure what Spanish course to register for? Contact Dr. Paola Kersch at kerschp@dyc.edu for more information.

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