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. 3 of the 5 upper division courses must be taken in residence here at UC Berkeley. No formal declaration of enrollment in the minor program is required.

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

Prerequisites: Completion of Spanish 1, 2, 3, 4, and 25 (or their equivalents).
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, 2, 3, 4, and 25 (or their equivalents).
The Minor: Spanish 100 (Introduction to Spanish Linguistics) and four other upper-division Spanish linguistics classes, from among 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 (formerly called Port 101A/B and Port 101).
The Minor: Any five upper division courses in Portuguese/Brazilian language, linguistics, literature, or culture, selected from the offerings of the department.

Procedure for Confirming the Minor

If you’ve taken all five upper-division courses at UC Berkeley, during your final semester you need to:

  • 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

Do this even if you’re enrolled in a Spanish or Portuguese course at the time. Note: If you’ve taken one or two of the five upper-division courses outside of UC Berkeley, you must obtain written approval from the Undergraduate Advisor and provide a transcript showing the letter grade you received.

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. If you begin at Spanish 3, you need only take Spanish 4 and Spanish 25 before you begin the 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 courses approved while I am abroad?

A: Final approval is only given upon your return, but tentative approval can be given via email at spanua@berkeley.edu.

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

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