Spanish Studies Minor

Given the sizeable Spanish-speaking population in our region and the nation as a whole, Spanish is an ideal language for you to learn at Seattle Pacific University.


Spanish is, after Chinese, the most common first language in the world. And because more than 35 million Spanish speakers live in the United States, a growing number of employers prefer to hire individuals who can effectively communicate in Spanish. Likewise, communicating in Spanish can benefit you when serving in many mission organizations and nonprofits.

Beyond the clear economic benefits, learning Spanish can broaden your cultural horizons, sharpen your critical-thinking skills, and increase your creativity. Spanish is even one of the official languages of the United Nations.

Students in a Spanish Studies class

Career opportunities

  • Bilingual educator
  • Missionary
  • Linguist
  • Civil servant
  • International business
  • Social worker
  • Diplomat
  • Journalist
  • Foreign service
  • Ministry

Minor requirements

The Spanish Studies minor offers you an opportunity to study not only the Spanish language, but also the broader Spanish-speaking world, and the peoples who use Spanish as their primary language for business, government, and education. 

This minor’s courses include Advanced Spanish, History of Spain and Portugal, History of Latin America, and Spanish Literature. A senior paper is also required.

Entering the minor

You may enter the Spanish minor during your first quarter at SPU. Entrance after your first quarter requires only good academic standing (2.0 or higher SPU cumulative GPA). Consult the undergraduate catalog for complete information on how and when to enter and what you must do to complete the program.   

Faculty contact

Robert Baah

Professor of Spanish and Latin American Studies
PhD, University of Southern California

Phone: 206-281-2339
Office: Marston Hall 214

Robert Baah
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