hi everyone. i’m a sophomore at the university of north texas. i am currently a marketing major and was wondering if i should minor in spanish. since i am hispanic/fluent, i took a foreign language test at my freshman orientation and it gave me 12 spanish credits. i would need 9 more (three classes) to complete my minor. wondering if this is something i should do or not? is it more beneficial to have the minor in my title than just putting “bilingual” on a resume? please let me know if it’s worth the time and money :))
Your competencies and experiences are more important than whether you get a minor or not. But, three more classes isn’t a lot. Are you interested in studying or doing an internship abroad? If so, you might be able to get all or most of those credits that way. There are programs where you could do a business internship in Spanish, and this could be great to have on your resume. (Example: Programs>Brochure>Study Abroad ) Or, there are traditional semester-abroad programs that offer Marketing coursework. (Example: Programs>Study Abroad ) Often, coursework in your own major will double-count toward a foreign language minor or major if it’s taught in-language.
So, I wouldn’t necessarily just start churning out Spanish classes for the sake of finishing a minor, if those classes don’t otherwise interest you; I’d look first at what opportunities you might really be excited about, and then see how close that would get you to the minor and what additional classes you might or might not need to round it out.
i honestly would love to study abroad. however, i’m not sure if i would be able to financially wise. i believe advanced spanish courses would interest me, considering i always look to improve my speaking skills and learn more about my culture. i am on the path to graduate early, so i am leaning towards taking on the minor.
thanks for the reply!!!
Looks like the Spanish minor at UNT requires 21 total credits of Spanish courses, including 9 of advanced courses.
If there are three advanced Spanish courses that you want to take anyway, then you will pick up the minor in the process:
The question is, are there three advanced Spanish courses that are sufficiently interesting to you that you want to take them anyway?
You can self-rate your skill at Spanish on your resume, but if you claim fluency, then an employer that cares about Spanish skill may test it by including a Spanish-speaking interviewer interview you in Spanish.
It might be worth meeting with someone in the study abroad office, just to go over the possibilities. Sometimes a term abroad costs the same as a regular term on campus, and results in just as much progress toward your degree. Depends on your particular situation, but if it’s something you’d love to do, don’t assume - it’s worth getting the facts before you rule it out. Your default plan sounds good too, though - good luck!