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Spanish

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.

Spanish


Contact Information

Steven Hartlaub, Ph.D.
Spanish Instructor

shartla@inverhills.edu
651-450-3776
B226

Admissions Team

admissions@inverhills.edu
651-450-3000
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.


Spanish Information Sessions

Interested in learning more about the Spanish program at Inver Hills? Sign up to attend this information session to hear more about how we can get you started toward your bachelor's degree or landing a job after finishing your associate's degree.

Degree

A.A., Spanish Transfer Pathway – 60 credits

The Spanish Transfer Pathway A.A. offers students a powerful option: the opportunity to complete an Associate of Arts degree with course credits that directly transfer to designated Spanish bachelor’s degree programs at Minnesota State Universities. The curriculum has been specifically designed so that students completing the pathway degree and transferring to one of the seven Minnesota State Universities* enter the university with junior-year status. All courses in the Transfer Pathway associate degree will directly transfer and apply to the designated bachelor’s degree programs in a related field.

The Spanish Pathway consists of the Required Pathway Curriculum, the Minnesota Transfer Curriculum (MnTC), the Health and Physical Fitness Requirement, and electives to bring your credit total to 60 credits.

*Universities within the Minnesota State system include Bemidji State University; Metropolitan State University; Minnesota State University, Mankato; Minnesota State University Moorhead; Southwest Minnesota State University; St. Cloud State University; and Winona State University.

Coursework   Program Planning Guide

Required Spanish Pathway Curriculum

The courses below must be completed successfully according to the university’s grade standards and address the required outcomes in the transfer pathway for Spanish. Spanish courses beyond the requirements are not guaranteed to transfer into a Spanish major at a Minnesota State university; however, they may be taken to fulfill college and university electives.

Course Number Title Credits
SPAN 1101 Beginning Spanish I (Goals 6b, 8)* 5 cr
SPAN 1102 Beginning Spanish II (Goals 6b, 8)* 5 cr
SPAN 2201 Intermediate Spanish I (Goals 6b, 8)* 5 cr
SPAN 2202 Intermediate Spanish II (Goals 6b, 8) 5 cr
*Students with prior Spanish language experience who place at a higher-level are not required to take lower-level courses to complete the pathway. Students must still complete 60 credits within the designated distribution areas (MnTC & Health/ Physical Education) to earn the Associate’s degree.

General Education Requirements – 40 credits

The Minnesota Transfer Curriculum (MnTC) requires a minimum of 40 credits, some of which will be satisfied by the required Spanish curriculum. You must complete the MnTC courses that are specifically designated below. You may choose the other courses from each goal area from the list located at: inverhills.edu/MnTC.

To streamline your degree, you are encouraged to choose MnTC Goal 1-6 courses that also meet MnTC Goal areas 7-10.

Goal Description Credits
Goal 1 Communication
  • Goal 1a: ENGL 1108 Writing & Research Skills
  • Goal 1b: ENG 1111, 1114 OR 1130
  • Goal 1c: COMM 1100, 1110 OR 2230
3 courses
Goal 2 Critical Thinking
  • Satisfied by First Year Experience course or MnTC completion
 
Goal 3 Natural Science (1 course must include lab)
  • Goal 3a (Life Science) course
  • Goal 3b (Physical Sciences) course
2 courses
Goal 4 Mathematical/Logical Reasoning
  • Goal 4 course
1 courses
Goal 5 History/Social Sciences/Behavioral Sciences
(include courses from at least 2 disciplines)
  • Goal 5 course
  • Goal 5 course
  • Goal 5 course
3 courses
Goal 6 Humanities/Fine Arts/Literature
  • Goal 6a (Fine Arts) course
  • Goal 6b - satisfied by SPAN course
  • Goal 6c - satisfied by SPAN course
3 courses
Goal 7 Human Diversity
  • Goal 7 course
1 course
Goal 8 Global Perspective
  • Goal 8 - satisfied by SPAN course
 
Goal 9 Ethical and Civic Responsibility
  • Goal 9 course
1 course
Goal 10 People and the Environment
  • Goal 10 course
1 course
Total Credits: 40

Health/Physical Education - 2 credits

For a list of the requirements and courses, go to: inverhills.edu/MnTC.

Course Number Title Credits
Health   1 cr
Physical Education   1 cr

Electives

If needed to complete the 60 credit degree requirement, students may select electives that would be courses numbered 1000 level or higher from any discipline. This may include additional courses from Spanish or the MnTC. Examples of non-MnTC courses that may be taken include the following disciplines: ACCT, BUS, CJS, CS, CRDV, EDU, EMS, ENGR, HLTH, HSER, ITC, PA and PE.

Full-Time Recommended Course Of Study

Note: Below is a sample of how to complete the requirements for the Spanish Transfer Pathway A.A. degree. Not all courses will be available every semester. For a complete list of Minnesota Transfer Curriculum (MnTC) Goal Area course choices, please visit: inverhills.edu/MnTC.

Semester 1 - 15-16 credits

Course Number Title Credits
First Year Experience Course (Goal 2)   1-2 cr
SPAN 1101 Beginning Spanish I (Goal 6b, 8)* 5 cr
ENG 1108 Writing & Research Skills (Goal 1a, 2) 4 cr
COMM 1100 OR COMM 1110 OR COMM 2230 (Goal 1c) 3 cr
Health & Physical Education   2 cr
Total Credits: 15-16

Semester 2 - 14 credits

Course Number Title Credits
SPAN 1102 Beginning Spanish II (Goal 6b, 8)* 5 cr
ENG 1111 OR ENG 1114 OR ENG 1130 (Goal 1b) 2-3 cr
MnTC Goal 4 elective   3-4 cr
MnTC Goal 5 elective   3 cr
Total Credits: 14

Semester 3 - 15 credits

Course Number Title Credits
SPAN 2201 Intermediate Spanish I (Goal 6b, 8)* 5 cr
MnTC Goal 3a elective   4 cr
MnTC Goal 5/7 elective   3 cr
MnTC Goal 6a elective   3 cr
Total Credits: 15

Semester 4 - 15-16 credits

Course Number Title Credits
SPAN 2202 Intermediate Spanish II (Goal 6b, 8)* 5 cr
MnTC Goal 3b/10 elective   4 cr
MnTC Goal 5 elective   3 cr
MnTC Goal 9 elective   3 cr
General elective1   0-1 cr
Total Credits: 15-16

*Course required for major
1 Electives may be 1000 level courses from any discipline, including additional MnTC Courses. Examples of non-MnTC courses that may be taken include the following disciplines: ACCT, BUS, CJS, CS, CRDV, EDU, EMS, ENG, HLTH, HSER, ITC, PA and PE.

Part-Time Recommended Course Of Study

Note: Below is a sample of how to complete the requirements for the Spanish Transfer Pathway A.A. degree. Not all courses will be available every semester. For a complete list of Minnesota Transfer Curriculum (MnTC) Goal Area course choices, please visit: inverhills.edu/MnTC.

Semester 1 - 9-10 credits

Course Number Title Credits
First Year Experience Course (Goal 2)   1-2 cr
SPAN 1101 Beginning Spanish I (Goal 6b, 8)* 5 cr
COMM 1100, 1110 OR 2230 (Goal 1c) 3 cr
Total Credits: 9-10

Semester 2 - 9 credits

Course Number Title Credits
SPAN 1102 Beginning Spanish II (Goal 6b, 8)* 5 cr
ENG 1108 Writing & Research Skills (Goal 1a, 2) 4 cr
Total Credits: 9

Semester 3 - 10 credits

Course Number Title Credits
SPAN 2201 Intermediate Spanish I (Goal 6b, 8)* 5 cr
MnTC Goal 5/7 elective   3 cr
Health & Physical Education   2 cr
Total Credits: 10

Semester 4 - 9 credits

Course Number Title Credits
SPAN 2202 Intermediate Spanish II (Goal 6b, 8)* 5 cr
MnTC Goal 3a elective   4 cr
Total Credits: 9

Semester 5 - 9 credits

Course Number Title Credits
ENG 1111, 1114 OR 1130 (Goal 1b) 2-3 cr
MnTC Goal 4 elective   3-4 cr
MnTC Goal 5 elective   3 cr
Total Credits: 9

Semester 6 - 7 credits

Course Number Title Credits
MnTC Goal 3b/10 elective   4 cr
MnTC Goal 5 elective   3 cr
Total Credits: 7

Semester 7 - 6-7 credits

Course Number Title Credits
MnTC Goal 6a elective   3 cr
MnTC Goal 9 elective   3 cr
General elective1   0-1 cr
Total Credits: 6-7

*Course required for major
1 Electives may be 1000 level courses from any discipline, including additional MnTC Courses. Examples of non-MnTC courses that may be taken include the following disciplines: ACCT, BUS, CJS, CS, CRDV, EDU, EMS, ENG, HLTH, HSER, ITC, PA and PE.


Certificates

Spanish Certificate – 13 Credits

This certificate attests that the holder possesses at least an intermediate-level command of the Spanish language as well as a broad familiarity with and appreciation for the cultures of the Spanish-speaking world. It is particularly helpful for students pursuing careers in health care, education, sales, hospitality, government, law enforcement, and social work.

Coursework   Program Planning Guide

Core Curriculum

Course Number Title Credits
SPAN 2201 Intermediate Spanish I 5 cr
SPAN 2202 Intermediate Spanish II 5 cr
HUM 1140 OR
ANTH 2110
Latin American Culture and Civilization OR
Peoples and Cultures of Latin America
3 cr
Total Credits: 13
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

Develops basic language skills (listening, speaking, reading, and writing). Introduces cultures of the Spanish-speaking world with a focus on understanding and appreciation.

SPAN 1102  Beginning Spanish II   5.0 cr

Course Outline for SPAN 1102

Proceeds from SPAN 1101. Provides a continued development of basic language skills and a further introduction to cultures of the Spanish-speaking world with a focus on understanding and appreciation.

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

Proceeds from SPAN 1102. Presents a comprehensive review and a continued development and strengthening of language skills with an emphasis on communicating ideas in conversation and in writing. Cultural and literary materials provide a more extensive understanding of and appreciation for the Spanish-speaking world.

SPAN 2202  Intermediate Spanish II   5.0 cr

Course Outline for SPAN 2202

Proceeds from SPAN 2201. Renewed emphasis is placed on communicating ideas in conversation and composition. Cultural and literary materials continue to provide a more extensive understanding of and appreciation for the Spanish-speaking world.

Transfer Opportunities

Transfer Pathways

With this transfer pathway, you will be able to transfer to the following majors at:




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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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