What will I learn?

The program develops analytical skills and methodologies needed to explore Hispanic, Hispanic-American, and Luso-Brazilian languages and cultures. The department offers two majors (Spanish studies and combined Spanish-Portuguese studies) and two minors (Spanish studies and Portuguese studies). It is important to note that department majors and minors are not simply Spanish and Portuguese language programs; rather, they are liberal arts programs concentrating on Spanish, Latin American, and/or Luso-Brazilian literary, cultural, and linguistics studies with language skills as the foundation. All major and minor options in this department begin with prerequisite language courses, followed by advanced language skills courses (special arrangements may be made for native speakers of Spanish or Portuguese). These are followed by critical analysis skills courses in Hispanic literature, culture, and linguistics that prepare students to take advanced coursework in specific areas. The department strongly encourages majors and minors to study abroad in a Spanish- or Portuguese-speaking area. Students who wish to complete department program requirements through study abroad must meet with the department adviser prior to departure.

Intake: Fall and Spring

Which department am I in?

College of Liberal Arts

Study options

Full Time (120 credit hours)

Tuition fees
US$34,986.00 per year

*Price shown is for indicative purposes, please check with institution

Start date

18 January 2022


College of Liberal Arts

215 Johnston Hall,

101 Pleasant Street SE,



55455, United States

Entry requirements

For students from United States

Student are required to have a high school graduation. A GPA above 2.0 is preferred for the following: 3.20 already admitted to the degree-granting college; 3.20 transferring from another University of Minnesota college; 3.20 transferring from outside the University.

For international students

Student are required to have a high school graduation

English Language Proficiency Requirements: TOEFL iBT – 79; IELTS Academic – 6.5; Pearson Test of Academic English (PTE Academic) – 59; Cambridge Assessment English (CAE) C1 Advanced – 180.

Application Deadline for Fall: For freshmen international students the deadlines are November 1 (early action 1 deadline), December 1 (early action 2 deadline) and January 1 (regular deadline)


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