Complement and enhance your major area of study with one of the following minors offered by the Modern Languages Department. 

Coursework taught in French or Spanish taken during study abroad programs may be applied to these minors.

View your path to obtaining a minor in Spanish or French


French is an official language of 29 nations, including the USA’s #1 trading partner, Canada. French is spoken in France, Switzerland, and Belgium in Europe, in Senegal, Ivory Coast and other nations in West Africa and Haiti and several Caribbean islands. With a French Minor, you will have the linguistic and cultural skills to interact with almost 400 million people worldwide in international business, social services, health care and health policy, hospitality, education, and law.

View the French Minor course requirements 

Hispanic Linguistics

The minor in Hispanic Linguistics introduces students to the formal study of the Spanish language from its sounds (phonetics and phonology) and structure (morphology and syntax), to its words (lexicon) and how they are used within a context to create meaning (pragmatics and semantics). This may be examined through historical perspectives by addressing how language has changed over time, or through sociolinguistic analysis (the role of language in society and how societal factors act upon language use and variation) as well as through the lens of acquisition of first and subsequent languages (applied linguistics) or between language acquisition and cognition (psycholinguistics). 

This minor HISPANIC LINGUISTICS is offered in Spanish only. Students choose five courses from the following options:

SPA 312 Advanced Spanish Grammer
SPA 335 Special Topics in Linguistics
SPA 336 Phonetics & Phonology of Spanish
SPA 337 Hispanic Sociolinguistics
SPA 338 Spanish in Contact
SPA 339 Spanish in the USA
SPA 340 Acquisition of Spanish as a Second Language

Hispanic Studies

This minor includes coursework in Spanish language, as well as courses taught in English with content on Latino culture, history, and sociology. Students expecting to work with Spanish speaking clients, patients, students or co-workers will gain enhanced fluency in spoken and written Spanish as well as a strong background in Latino culture. 

View the Hispanic Studies Minor course requirements 


With 45 million Spanish speakers in the US and another 400 million speakers in Europe, Latin America and Africa, students with a Spanish minor are well positioned to enter their career with the language and cultural proficiency necessary to communicate with their Spanish speaking clients, patients, students, and co-workers both at home and overseas. International finance and retail, social services, education, media and public relations, travel and tourism, health care and public policy all have high demand for Spanish skills. Heritage speakers may apply for the accelerated Spanish minor. 

View the Spanish Minor course requirements 

For more information, contact Dr. Kevin Telford, Chair of the Modern Languages Department, at

Thank You for Your Interest in the Modern Languages Program

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