Take Spanish courses with Inver Hills Community College, located near Twin Cities

The Spanish department at Inver Hills offers a rich selection of lower-division courses, from beginning to conversational to intermediate Spanish. Our experienced instructors lead you to a valuable level of proficiency and cultural understanding in a stimulating and supportive environment. Learning is enhanced through a communicative approach, multimedia technology, the Spanish Club and study abroad opportunities.


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Steven Hartlaub, Ph.D.
Spanish Instructor


Admissions Team

College Center

Spanish is the native language of 410 million people worldwide; only Mandarin with 960 million ranks higher for native speakers. The U.S. has more than 50 million Spanish speakers. Countries that use Spanish as an official language include Mexico, Spain, nine South American countries, five central American countries, Cuba, Puerto Rico, Dominican Republic and Equatorial Guinea.

Spanish is an official language of the United Nations, the European Union, Fédération Internationale de Football Association (FIFA), Interpol, the Organization of American States (OAS) and the Union of South American Nations (USAN).

You will discover that learning Spanish not only provides practical life and career skills, but also gives you new perspectives on the world. You can use your coursework to satisfy electives and program requirements, cultivate personal interests, or continue on to major or minor in Spanish at a four-year college or university. Language is a requirement for many liberal arts bachelor's degrees.

Course Descriptions

SPAN 1100  Spanish for Health Professionals   3.0 cr

Course Outline for SPAN 1100

Introduces basic Spanish skills for professionals in the health fields. This course will emphasize practical oral communication and will introduce the students to the specialized medical terminology in Spanish. Acquisition of this knowledge will help professionals to communicate using practical basic sentences with patients and family whose primary language is Spanish, when accessibility to an interpreter is not possible. Knowledge of medical terminology is recommended.

SPAN 1101  Beginning Spanish I   5.0 cr

Course Outline for SPAN 1101

Introduces basic language skills. Development of listening comprehension, reading, speaking, and writing skills to become proficient at the appropriate level. Cultures of the Spanish speaking countries are introduced to develop cultural understanding and sensitivity.

SPAN 1102  Beginning Spanish II   5.0 cr

Course Outline for SPAN 1102

Is a continuation of SPAN 1101. This course focuses on continued development of listening comprehension, speaking, reading and writing skills. Cultural understanding and sensitivity are important aspects of this language course.

SPAN 2101  Conversational Spanish I   3.0 cr

Course Outline for SPAN 2101

Presents a variety of practical speaking situations intended for intermediate level students. The topics will include, daily activities, travel, some business situations, and some cultural issues. Prereq: SPAN 1102.

SPAN 2201  Intermediate Spanish I   5.0 cr

Course Outline for SPAN 2201

Presents a comprehensive review and continued development and strengthening of the four communication skills (reading, writing listening and speaking) with special emphasis on communicating ideas in conversation and in writing. Cultural and literary materials will acquaint students with arts, literature, history and cultures of the Spanish speaking peoples. Discussion of current events, oral and written reports, role play and films. Prereq: SPAN 1102 or equivalent.

SPAN 2202  Intermediate Spanish II   5.0 cr

Course Outline for SPAN 2202

Is a continuation of SPAN 2201. Renewed emphasis is placed on communicating ideas in conversation and composition. Historical and contemporary issues facing the speaker of the language are studied. Cultural and literary materials will develop an appreciation for the customs, the arts, history, culture and the literature of the Spanish speaking peoples and create an awareness of cultural, social and linguistic differences. Prereq: SPAN 2201 or equivalent.

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Your future with Spanish

Spanish is the most spoken non-English language in the United States. Experts predict that the U.S. will have the world's largest Spanish-speaking population by 2050.

The Modern Language Association (MLA) reports that studying a nonnative language gives you the tools to appreciate other cultures. Learning a second or third language enables you to recognize how languages work while offering a more thoughtful approach to comprehending how your own native language functions.

Knowing another language is essential to understanding the significance of interconnecting cultures on a shrinking planet. You will have a better footing in the worldwide economy and develop a more humanist global viewpoint.

Spanish speakers are in demand in numerous career fields, including banking, finance, diplomacy and hotel management for starters. Spanish majors often pursue a second major in disciplines such as political science, history, business, marketing or economics to broaden their career prospects. Graduates with backgrounds in Spanish go on to earn doctorates in business, law, medicine and various other fields.

Possible career paths

  • Banking and finance
  • Book publishing
  • Museum curator
  • Diplomacy or foreign service
  • Editing
  • English instruction abroad
  • Foreign exchange trade
  • High school french teaching
  • Hotel management
  • International business
  • Art
  • Fashion
  • Sales
  • Marketing
  • Law
  • Public relations
  • Speech therapist
  • Translator or interpreter
  • Travel
  • Hospitality
  • Journalism

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Why Inver Hills?

Completing your Spanish course obligations at Inver Hills is smart on several key levels:

  1. You will receive an outstanding education with one-on-one interactions with Spanish faculty
  2. You will benefit from small class sizes while developing a strong foundation in the Spanish language and culture
  3. You will save money and continue your academic and professional careers with less student debt *

* On a national scale, student loan debt has mushroomed to $1.2 trillion, which is greater than credit card debt and auto loan debt combined. In Minnesota, the average debt for four-year grads tops $30,000; 70 percent carry a student debt load.

Tuition and fees for one year at Inver Hills costs a little less than $5,300. Compare that to $15,000 to $20,000 at a for-profit college, or $40,000 to $50,000 at a private college or university. You can complete your first two years at Inver getting a topflight education firsthand from Ph.D. instructors and then transfer to a four-year as a junior all while saving thousands of dollars. It's a no-brainer.

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