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Spanish Minor

A Spanish minor is an excellent complement to virtually any major and can help your resume stand out. Learning Spanish helps you communicate more effectively, which provides many opportunities in a diverse job market.

What Will I Learn?

You will learn interpersonal communication, interpretive listening, interpretive reading as well as oral and written presentations in Spanish. In addition, you will learn about the cultures of the Spanish-speaking world including the products, practices and perspectives. Critical thinking, problem solving and cultural awareness are also other student learning outcomes of the certificate. You would attain an intermediate-low level minimum in oral and written skills.

Olivia Sommers smiling and posing in high up area with trees and waterway in the background

Meet Olivia Sommers

“Ship faculty members can really get to know you as a student and they are always finding ways to help.”

How Olivia Found Success at Ship

What are the requirements for this degree?

This minor requires 18 credits.


  • Criminal justice
  • Education
  • Social work
  • Sociology
  • Political science
  • Counseling
  • Engineering
  • International studies
  • Human communication

What Types of Careers Could I Get With This Degree?

This program is a great asset for students seeking careers in such fields as:

  • Services (health, international organizations, volunteering)
  • Industry (import/export, marketing and advertising, overseas investments)
  • Government (foreign service, department of state, FBI, CIA, homeland security)

What Kinds of Experiences Could I Have?

The focus is on oral proficiency. Thus, the program adheres to the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL) standards. Our classes are small so we can provide students with a truly one-on-one learning experience.

You may consider joining the Spanish Club, which allows you to practice the Spanish language and learn about Hispanic culture through trips, events and more. Students may also seek membership in the Spanish honor society, Sigma Delta Pi. Joining either group looks great on a resume.

Contact the Global Languages and Cultures Department Rowland Hall 109 1871 Old Main Dr. Shippensburg, PA 17257 Phone: 717-477-1635