Minor in Spanish

Students opting for a minor in Spanish gain a sound cultural, linguistic, and literary background that allows them to take part in the rapidly widening Hispanic sphere of the United States, Latin America, and Europe. They are able to enrich their chosen majors and broaden their horizons with new cultural references.


  • Six 4-credit CAS LS courses in language, literature, and linguistics numbered 254 and above.

A grade of C or higher is required in all courses taken toward the minor.

Up to four courses taken through Boston University’s Study Abroad programs in Madrid, Burgos, Lima, Quito, or Buenos Aires may count toward the minor. Students may include up to three transfer courses from other colleges, universities, or non-Boston University study abroad programs and must take a minimum of three courses (or a minimum of two, if they have four courses approved for credit toward the minor from Boston University’s programs in Madrid, Burgos, Lima, Quito, or Buenos Aires) on the Charles River Campus. Internships taken through Boston University or other study abroad programs may not be credited toward minors offered by the department. Up to two related cultural courses taught in Spanish may be taken abroad with the consent of the advisor.

Madrid, Burgos, Lima, Quito, and Buenos Aires

Students may take courses to fulfill their language requirement or courses toward their major or minor in the Boston University Madrid, Burgos, Lima, Quito, or Buenos Aires Study Abroad programs.

Placement Examination

A placement examination is required of all students whose most recent course in Spanish was taken in high school or at a college other than Boston University and who wish to continue their study of this language here. Information regarding online placement exams is available in the department or on the departmental website.