The Minor

We offer three minor programs within the department (please see below for details about each option). All courses must be taken for a letter grade, including all prerequisites. Three of the five upper division courses must be taken in residence here at UC Berkeley.

Minor in The Languages, Literatures, and Cultures of the Spanish-Speaking World

Prerequisites: Completion of Spanish 1-4 (or their equivalents) and Spanish 25
The Minor: Five upper division courses in Spanish/Spanish-American language, linguistics, literature, or culture, selected from the offerings of the department

Minor in Hispanic Languages, Linguistics, and Bilingualism

Prerequisites: Completion of Spanish 1-4 (or their equivalents) and Spanish 25
The Minor: Spanish 100 (Introduction to Hispanic Linguistics) and four other upper-division Spanish linguistics classes (Spanish 161, 162, 163, 164, 165, 166, and 179)

Minor in The Languages, Literatures, and Cultures of the Portuguese-Speaking World

Prerequisites: Completion of Portuguese 50
The Minor: Any five upper division courses in Portuguese/Brazilian language, linguistics, literature, or culture, selected from the offerings of the department.

Procedure for Declaring an Intended Minor

After completion of at least one upper-division course for the minor you can email the Undergraduate Advisor to declare a Spanish or Portuguese Minor: spanua@berkeley.edu. Please include your name, SID, and which minor you intend to complete. Your intended minor will then appear on your CalCentral dashboard below your major.

During your final semester at UC Berkeley you will need to confirm completion of your minor by doing the following:

  • Download, print, and fill out the Completion of L&S Minor Form from the L&S website
  • Bring it to the Undergraduate Advisor, Jenny Cole, in 5317 Dwinelle

FAQs

Q: I’ve taken Spanish in high school or at a community college. Do I still have to start in Spanish 1?

A: No, the requirement is that you take Spanish 1 – 4 or their equivalents. Please see the placement guidelines to determine your starting level. For example, if you begin at Spanish 3, you need only take Spanish 4 and Spanish 25 before you begin the five upper-division courses for the minor.

Q: How many courses can I count towards the minor if I study abroad?

A: For the minor, you can count two upper division courses. You must take three of the upper-division courses here at UCB.

Q: Can I take any course abroad that is taught in Spanish or Portuguese to count for the minor?

A: No, they must be equivalent to courses that we would teach within our department.

Q: How do I get my study abroad courses approved for the minor?

A: When choosing study abroad courses to count for your Spanish or Portuguese minor you must email the Undergraduate Advisor for approval: spanua@berkeley.edu.

 Q: Where will my minor appear – on my diploma, on my transcript, on both?

A: The minor will be posted to your transcript, not your diploma.