Spanish Minor Path

Languages and Cultures

West Chester University

Dr. Jerome Williams
224 Mitchell Hall
West Chester, PA 19383
Phone: 610-436-2700
Fax: 610-436-3048
Jerome Williams

Spanish Minor

Spanish minor course path


  • The Spanish minor is fulfilled by completing 18 credits of SPA courses.

  • To declare the Spanish minor, please fill out an official form in the Department of Languages and Cultures (Main 109).

  • Some of these credits can be obtained through CBE (Credit by Exam) and/or CLEP Exams.

    • For more information on CBE and CLEP see:

      • CLEP:

        • CLEP Exams can be taken for credit for 101-102 or 201-202 at any time.  See the Registrar’s Office or the Department of Languages and Cultures.

      • CBE:

        • Note about CBE: once a student successfully passes a SPA course, the student can’t take CBE for a lower level course. For instance, if a student is enrolled in SPA 201 and passes the course, (s)he can’t register in SPA 102 as CBE the following semester; the student can, however, register for CBE for SPA 102 in the SAME semester the student is enrolled in SPA 201. The same applies for other courses (i.e. registering in SPA 202 as CBE in the same semester that you are taking SPA 301, etc.). Registration for CBE for any course must be done during add/drop period during the first week of the semester, with the consent of the Department of Languages and Cultures (Main 109).

  • LIN 230 (or LIN 327) is a prerequisite for some SPA courses (340, 353, 365, 370) but it does not count towards the Spanish minor.

  • ESP courses (culture clusters taught in English) do not count towards the Spanish minor. Only SPA courses count.


Study Abroad and transferring courses to WCU:

  • Students are encouraged to participate in Study Abroad programs to complete some of their coursework for the minor.


  • Students can transfer up to 9 credits of coursework, out of the 18 required for the minor.

Minimum grades:
If starting the minor in the 101/102 sequence, a minimum grade of B is required in those courses.
A minimum grade of C is required in coursed beyond the 102 level towards the minor.


Examples of students completing the minor by following the options marked in the path above:


  • Example 1: Andrew starts at WCUPA in SPA 202. He can then take 301 and/or 302. He decides to take SPA 301 and the following semester SPA 302. After taking 302, Andrew takes SPA 310, SPA 313 and SPA 321, in subsequent semesters; and he completes 6 courses (i.e. 18 credits) of SPA coursework.


  • Example 2: Michelle starts at WCUPA in SPA 202, and in the same semester, she registers to take SPA 201 as CBE (she registers during add/drop period). That semester she passes both SPA 201 as CBE and SPA 202. She continues to take SPA 301, followed by SPA 302. After taking SPA 302, she takes SPA 320, and the last semester she takes SPA 315.


  • Example 3: John has taken many courses of Spanish in high school, so he enrolls to take the CLEP for SPA 101/102 and SPA 201/202, successfully passing those exams and getting credit for all four courses (12 credits), while also enrolled in SPA 302 at WCUPA. Because he is also taking LIN 230 for his major, he decides the following semester to take SPA 365 to finish his minor.


  • Example 4: Mary transfers SPA 101 and SPA 102 from another college, and takes SPA 201 and SPA 202 at WCU. She decides to take SPA 301 and SPA 302 abroad in a program not directed by WCU, so she transfers both courses. Because she already had transfered 6 credits with SPA 101 and 102, and she can only transfer up to 9 credits, she still needs to complete one more course at WCUPA to count towards the minor.

For questions, and for advising on what courses to take for the minor,

please visit the Spanish minor advisor.