Loyola University Chicago

Modern Languages and Literatures


Spanish Language Minor

Program Objectives

Spanish language minor objectives are based on the National Standards for Foreign Language Learning and on the ACTFL Proficiency guidelines. With the introductory to intermediate level courses required in the language minor students can expect to develop an intermediate-high level of proficiency. These goals are integrated into all individual courses as well as the Spanish program in its entirety.


Six courses in Spanish will be selected by the student in consultation with the departmental advisor. Students with no background in Spanish will begin the sequence with 101. Students with high school or other background language will be placed in Spanish 102, 103 or 104.

Learning Outcomes

  • Content Knowledge: Students acquire linguistic and cultural knowledge in the beginning sequence courses that pertain to the countries where the language is spoken. 
    • Students use the linguistic system (grammar and vocabulary) to relate to and expand their knowledge in reference to daily routines, university life, art, music, travel, family relationships and medical treatments. 
    • Students will apply these concepts to the Spanish speaking countries studied and reflect upon their own cultural comparisons made through the learning process. 
  • Communication: Our communicative teaching approach provides the ideal basis for students to learn the language via the four communication skills essential to proficiency that include reading, writing, listening and speaking. 
    • Students will engage in conversations, provide and obtain information and express themselves orally in reference to society, free time activities and everyday experiences in work and study. 
    • Students will present information, concepts, and ideas to an audience of listeners or readers on health, Hispanic arts, travel, job skills, environmental issues and relevant immigration topics that inspire reflections related to the reading passages used in the courses. 
    • Students will talk about future plans and hypothetical situations related to the today’s society and the Spanish speaking world, express feelings and emotions, exchange opinions, express wishes and recommendations.
  • Critical Thinking and Analysis: The move from using the linguistic system in basic conversation towards reading, analyzing and interpreting written texts will help develop more formal competency at the intermediate level. 
    • Students will gain interpretive and analytic skills through the close readings of short stories, articles, poems and songs to acquire cultural knowledge of important historical concepts, social justice issues, cultural traditions and overall relevant themes in many Spanish speaking countries. 
    • Students will improve writing skills in Spanish through attention to the principles and techniques of composition, and through the editing of their own work. 
  • Civic engagement and study abroad opportunities Students acquire intercultural competency which includes an awareness and appreciation of diverse Hispanic cultures and communities. 
    • Students will engage in social and environmental issues via audio-visual resources and study abroad opportunities. 
    • Students are encouraged to research and lead class discussions on cultural topics related to politics, history, geography, literature and films.

Professional Uses

Attaining a Spanish minor will show all future employers that you have acquired the formal Spanish language skills and valuable Hispanic cultural understanding. The Spanish language minor is designed for majors leading to careers in:

  • Education
  • Business
  • Banking and e-commerce
  • Government and military service
  • Travel and tourism
  • Import/export and international trade
  • Translation/interpretation
  • Nonprofit organizations and agencies
  • Medicine
  • Law
  • Service professions
  • Graduate studies

Spanish Language and Literature Minor


The minor in Spanish Language and Literatures offers students the opportunity to master skills of language acquisition and textual analysis while developing multicultural awareness of the diversity inherent in Spanish-speaking communities. Our program prepares students to think critically, and allows them to gain knowledge of literary and cultural expressions of Latin America, Spain, and the Latino/a and Hispanic communities in the United States.


Six courses in Spanish excluding 101 through 104. Students normally take 250 or 252, 251 or 253, 270, 271 or 272, and two courses at the 300 level. Students who are fluent in the language may begin the sequence at the 270-level with the chairperson's permission.

Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of the program, students will be able to:

  • Show proficiency in speaking, understanding, reading and writing skills
  • Develop and sustain a coherent argument in both oral and written Spanish
  • Demonstrate knowledge of content areas (literary movements, linguistics, grammar, etc.)
  • Understand the principle characteristics which define diverse Hispanic histories and cultures
  • Trace change over time in literary styles and cultural values
  • Examine and interpret numerous literary texts in order to better comprehend the representations of cultural identity and make cross-cultural, intercultural connections
  • Establish connections between literature, film, and history in the Spanish-speaking world
  • Attain better cultural competency
  • Foster a lifelong interest and enthusiasm for Spanish-speaking cultural production

Professional Uses

  • Government
  • Health services
  • Foreign service
  • Editing
  • International business
  • International law
  • Journalism
  • Psychology
  • Social work
  • Teaching
  • Translation

Please log in to your LOCUS account to declare a minor in Spanish. Visit http://www.luc.edu/hub/declaremajor.shtml for more information on how to add a minor in LOCUS.

For more information, please contact:

Dr. Clara Burgo, Undergraduate Program Director
Crown Center 217B, cburgo@luc.edu