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Spanish Minor & Certificate



The Minor and Intermediate Proficiency Certificate in Spanish at Drexel both develop language competence and cultural sensitivity. The Spanish program takes a communicative and culture-based approach to learning and provides students with access to a world of opportunities, including international study abroad programs and co-op placements. Spanish is an official language of 21 countries, with almost 500 million native speakers, with 40 million people for whom it is the first (native) language in the US alone.

Fluently speaking a second language facilitates travel and significantly increases employment opportunities in the United States and abroad. According to the Census Bureau, the Spanish-speaking population in the United States will reach 132.8 million by 2050. This will make the United States the largest Spanish-speaking country in the world.

International Standing: Spanish is an official language of the United Nations, as well as these countries: Argentina, Bolivia, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Cuba, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, El Salvador, Equatorial Guinea, Guatemala, Honduras, Mexico, Nicaragua, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, Spain, Uruguay and Venezuela.


Study abroad and international co-ops are integral to the Drexel Modern Languages program, and will no doubt be the highlight of your education. There is no better way to learn a foreign language, get a sense of your place in the globalized economy, discover other cultures and broaden your perspective on American life and culture, than to go abroad. Spanish language options include:

Study Abroad:

International Co-op:

Begin your journey at Drexel’s Study Abroad office and/or the Steinbright Career Development Center (international co-op).


Fluent understanding of a foreign language benefits individuals in a wide variety of professional fields. For language students considering employment with a Spanish minor, opportunities can include: the United Nations, the Spanish Olympic Committee (Comité Olímpico Español), the Spanish Football Federation (Real Federación Española de Fútbol), the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, Univision Communications Inc. and becoming a Foreign Service Officer with the United States Department of State.

Learn more about the minor in the Course Catalog
Learn more about the certificate in the Course Catalog

Prospective Student Inquiries

Please send inquiries to or call us at 215.895.1805. We look forward to hearing from you.