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The minor in Latin American and Spanish area studies involves study of both the Spanish language and the cultures where the language is spoken. The study of foreign languages and cultures not only provides an understanding of using the language, but also develops intellectual curiosity, critical thinking skills, and appreciation of the larger context of human interaction.
- Strengths of the program
- Latin American and Spanish area studies is an excellent complement to other disciplines, including business, communications, management and information systems, engineering, history, veterinary medicine, and agriculture.
- The Language Learning Resource Center ni Thompson Hall 210 provides the latest in language learning technology: 40 computers, two HD TVs with VCR and Blu-Ray DVD players and the ability to check out other equipment. The center's fully trained staff is ready to provide assistance as needed.
- Faculty-led study abroad programs for spring and summer. Students can choose to study abroad during spring break in Guatemala or in the Summer in Paris, Berlin, or Berlin/Austria. Learn more about these faculty-led study abroad experiences.
- Study abroad provides students a wide range of opportunities for adventuring, learning, and engaging with the foreign language and culture. Students can earn course credit while studying abroad in another country. Visit the Office of International Programs Study Abroad Programs for more information.
- Scholarships are offered annually to new and ongoing students, and for study abroad. Visit the School of Languages, Cultures, and Race scholarship page.
- Requirements and core courses
To fulfill requirements for a minor in Latin American and Spanish Area Studies a student must complete a minimum of 16 credits credits of course work. This includes four credits from Spanish 203 and 12 additional credits. A minimum of nine credits with a letter grade must be taken in residency at WSU.
See the WSU Catalog for degree requirements and talk with your academic advisor about planning and scheduling your courses. All students must meet requirements as outlined in the catalog in order to graduate.
- Scholarships and financial aid
A variety of state, federal, and university-sponsored programs are available to help students with educational costs.
Washington State University awards millions of dollars in financial aid and scholarships to students every year based on financial need, academic merit, or a combination of the two.
To get all the financial help WSU can provide, start by doing these two things:
- Complete the WSU general scholarship application so you can be eligible for scholarship consideration.
- Complete the FAFSA(Free Application for Federal Student Aid) so WSU can consider you for aid (scholarships, grants, loans, etc.) based on financial need. More about WSU scholarships and financial aid.
For language students
The School of Languages, Cultures, and Race awards numerous scholarships annually for new students, continuing students, and those pursuing study abroad. Visit the school’s scholarship page for more information.
Language students may also more than $50,000 in scholarships awarded by the College of Arts and Sciences (CAS). Visit the CAS website for more scholarship information.
- Careers in foreign languages
A Latin American and Spanish area studies minor can help advance careers in:
- Public relations, marketing, and advertising
- International business, banking, and finance
- Travel, tourism, and hospitality
- Health and social services
- Science, engineering, and technology
- Music, film, drama, entertainment, photography
- Journalism, publishing, and editing
- Translation and interpretation in healthcare and legal services professions
- Education/teaching in middle school, high school, and college
- Customer service and personnel management
- Customs and immigration
- Law enforcement
- Intelligence (CIA, FBI, National Security)
- Peace Corps and aid agencies
Skills you can market with a Latin American and Spanish area studies minor:
- Proficiency in a language other than English
- Cross-cultural communication
- Awareness of cultural differences and sensitivity to cultural issues
- Global experience
- Ability to adjust to new environments
- Ability to interact effectively with people of different backgrounds
- Enhanced speaking and writing abilities
- Enhanced reading and listening comprehension skills
- Independent, critical, and creative thinking with increased analytical and problem-solving skills