Spanish for the Health Professions Minor

The minor in Spanish for the health professions is designed to provide students (especially those in nursing) the ability to communicate in Spanish in the area of health care. The minor engages the student with the necessary mechanics of the language and propels him/her into two courses designed especially for students in the health professions. Opportunities are offered for electives to boost oral communication and knowledge of Spanish-speaking communities within the United States and beyond. Options are also available for off-campus service learning and study abroad.


The minor in Spanish for the health professions consists of 21 credit hours, as follows:

SPAN 20103

Intermediate Spanish I or its equivalent

SPAN 20203

Intermediate Spanish II or its equivalent

SPAN 31503

Introduction to Spanish for the Health Professions

SPAN 41503

Advanced Spanish for the Health Professions

and three electives (9 hours) at the 30000 level or above

No course taught in English can be taken to fulfill the minor requirements.

The following electives are recommended for all minors:

SPAN 31103

Oral Communication in Spanish

SPAN 31803

Service Learning in the Latino Community

SPAN 32103

Culture and Civilization of Latin America or

SPAN 32003

Culture and Civilization of Spain

Native and Heritage Speakers

Native and heritage speakers will not receive credit for Spanish 31103 (Oral Communication in Spanish); they should select SPAN 31203 or another course at the 30000 level and above. (A native speaker is considered to be someone whose primary and/or secondary education took place in a Spanish-speaking country. A heritage speaker is someone who was primarily educated in U.S. schools, but who speaks Spanish in the home and with friends and co-workers.)

Policy on Grades

Courses taken pass/no-credit and courses in which the student earns below a "C" will not count toward the minor.

Study Abroad

Study abroad is recommended for all minors of Spanish for the health professions. In addition to the enormous improvement they will gain in their speaking ability, students will enhance their career opportunities and cross-cultural competence through the international experience. Up to nine of the 21 required credits may be taken at an approved study-abroad site. In order to receive credit, students must meet with advisers from the Harris College of Nursing & Health Sciences, the Department of Spanish & Hispanic Studies and the Center for International Studies prior to departure to obtain approval for coursework abroad to transfer to TCU.

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