Spanish Minor

No matter what your major is, a Spanish minor will enhance your cross-cultural sensibilities and expand your opportunities in the job market. In an increasingly global economy, employers in nearly every profession — from the law, to medicine, to education — are seeking professionals who can speak Spanish.

The minor in Spanish at UWF will allow you to enter this cultural and economic arena with the competitive edge you need. Building upon basic language skills, it provides insights about Spanish culture and extensive experience speaking the language so that you can achieve the level of competency required by the professional world.

Spanish Minor‌ Catalog Description

Spanish Minor Advisor: Laura Arguea,

Spanish Language in Figures*

  • At the end of the 19th century, 60 million people were Spanish speakers. Today, nearly 500 million people across the world speak Spanish! 

  • Spanish is the mother tongue of approximately 350 million people in 21 countries (Mexico: 95 million, Spain: 40 million, Argentina: 35 million, Columbia: 35 million, Venezuela: 25 million, Peru: 20 million) 

  • Spanish is the second most used language in international communication. 

  • The Hispanic population in the United States has grown by 60 percent in just one decade. At present, there are 35.5 million Hispanics, representing 12.5 percent of the total population. 

  • Due to this increase there is a growing demand for the media to be in Spanish: radio, television, newspaper, magazines. 

  • The creation of MERCOSUR and many other free trade agreements between South American countries and North America (ALADI, the Andean Community, CACM, NAFTA, G3) which already exist in order to improve the economies of these countries, making them more efficient and competitive.

* Source: Instituto Cervantes, Anuario Español en el Mundo 1999-2001.