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Minor in Spanish for Health Professions

The minor in Spanish for health professions consists of 21 credit hours at the level of 20103 and above. It is designed to provide students the ability to communicate in Spanish in the health care professions.

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The minor in Spanish for Health Professions consists of 21 credit hours at the level of 20103 and above. The following courses are required:

  • SPAN 31503 – Spanish for Health Professions 1 (fall only)
  • SPAN 42503 – Spanish for Health Professions 2 (spring only)
  • Any course taught in Spanish at the 30000 or 40000 level may be taken as an elective.

Highly recommended is SPAN 31203 (Writing), which is a prerequisite for all content courses.

A native speaker is considered someone who completed his or her primary and secondary education in a Spanish-speaking country. A heritage speaker is someone who was primarily educated in U.S. schools but speaks Spanish in the home, and with friends and co-workers, and is quite fluent.

Native and heritage speakers will not receive credit for Spanish 10103-20203 and 31103 (Oral Communication in Spanish); they should select another course at the 30000 level and above.

Native speakers will not receive credit for Spanish 31203 (Writing) or 31403 (Advanced Spanish Grammar).

Any deviation from these regulations must be discussed with the Department Chair.

Courses taken Pass/No-Credit and courses in which the student earns below a “C” will not count toward the minor.

Study abroad is recommended for all minors of Spanish for Health Professions. Besides the enormous improvement they will gain in their speaking ability, the international experience will enhance their career opportunities and cross-cultural competence. Some of the programs to consider are the CIEE Summer Community Public Health program in the Dominican Republic, the ISA Medical Spanish Health Care in Costa Rica, and the IES Health Studies Summer Study Abroad in Santiago (Chile).

Up to nine of the twenty-one required credits may be taken at an approved study abroad site. In order to receive credit, the student must meet with advisors from the Harris College of Nursing and Health Sciences, the Spanish & Hispanic Studies Department, and the Center for International Studies prior to departure to obtain approval for coursework abroad to transfer to TCU.

In Sevilla, students may take the course titled Spanish for the Health Professional and receive credit in place of the course offered on the TCU campus titled Spanish for Health Professions 2. If is, however, recommended that students do their best to take Part 1 of this course before taking the Sevilla course.

Learn more about study abroad options