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Spanish Minor, B.A.; B.S.

Admission Requirements, Retention & Termination Standards

The sequence 101-102-201-202 provides the basis for advanced study in all language majors and minors. Without previous language experience, prospective majors and minors begin with 101. Students who have previously studied a language must take the Language Placement Test, available here: They should enroll in the course indicated by their placement score, and may be eligible for Retroactive Credit (see below). AP, CLEP, International Baccalaureate, and the Michigan Seal of Biliteracy are also accepted; see level equivalencies in Options for Earning Credit in this Bulletin (see the index for page number). For questions about placement, please contact the department.

Retroactive Credit

Students who take the placement exam and complete their first language course at the 102 level or higher with a grade of B (3.0) or better are eligible for up to 8 hours of retroactive credit. To qualify, this must be the student’s first college-level course in this language. Earned credits count toward the University Program Subgroup IV-B. Retroactive credits do not count toward the University Program, but they do count toward the degree and toward some language majors and minors as indicated below for each program.


  • All Spanish majors are required to take 9 hours of language at the 300 level or above on campus.
  • One course at the 300 level or 400 level taken on a CR/NC basis may be counted toward a major or minor.
  • Transfer Students majoring in Spanish must earn at least 9 credit hours in their major at CMU; those minoring must earn at least 6 credit hours in their minor at CMU. These hours must be taken on campus.

Program Requirements

Core Courses I (12 hours)

SPN 202Intermediate Spanish II


SPN 320Spanish Pronunciation


SPN 331WIAdvanced Grammar and Composition


SPN 341Intercultural Conversations


Core Courses II (3 hours)

Select 3 credits from the following:

SPN 376Culture and Civilization of Spain


SPN 377Culture and Civilization of Latin America


Required Courses (6 hours)

Select six (6) additional SPN credit hours at the 300 level or above.

Note: Study abroad courses at the appropriate level may be used to fulfill the requirements for the Spanish minor.

Total: 21 semester hours