Eligibility for Minor

Class of 2026 and beyond can minor in Spanish or Portuguese. 

Class of 2025 should view information on obtaining a certificate.

Admission

The program is open to all undergraduates in all departments. Students wishing to complete a minor in the Department of Spanish and Portuguese must complete the Minor Application Form

Applications may be submitted as early as the second semester of the sophomore year, after a major has been declared. We highly recommend students apply by the Spring term of their junior year to ensure course plans can be built accordingly. Applications will be accepted no later than February 15 of the senior year.

A separate application needs to be completed for each language in which a minor will be pursued. Please email the Undergraduate Administrator with general questions or to let us know your interest in the minor and contact the Director of Undergraduate Studies (DUS) regarding pre-approval for study abroad courses other than those offered by Princeton. 

Students who want to minor in both Spanish or Portuguese and the Program in Latin American Studies can do so with the permission of both program directors, which includes a conversation about course plans. In agreement with the Program in Latin American Studies (PLAS), one course can be used towards both a minor in SPA or POR and a minor in PLAS

Plan of Study

The minor is available in Spanish or Portuguese and involves satisfactory completion of the following course requirements:

Minor in Spanish

Five department-based or cross-listed SPA courses above SPA 209. At least three of the five courses must be at the 300-level (or higher), in Spanish language, literature, or culture. Princeton summer abroad courses offered by SPO will count towards the requirement. A maximum of one course taught in English may be counted towards the minor, provided that all written work is submitted in Spanish. If a student studies abroad during the academic year, they may have up to one pre-approved course per semester abroad count towards the minor. No more than two courses taken abroad will be counted for the minor. Students intending to study abroad must contact the DUS with the description and syllabus of the Spanish course they intend to have counted towards the minor to make sure that such course is equivalent to a course offered at Princeton. 

In agreement with the Program in Latin American Studies (PLAS), one course can be used towards both a minor in SPA and a minor in PLAS

At the end of the senior year, students are required to complete a capstone assignment in Spanish consisting of a 1500-word reflection on how the student’s work in the minor has informed their learning in their major coursework and potentially their independent work. The capstone assignment must be submitted to the Undergraduate Administrator and the Director of Undergraduate Studies no later than one week after the Senior Thesis submission deadline.

Minor in Portuguese

Five department-based POR courses, at least one at the 200-level including or above POR 260 and at least one at the 300-level (or higher) on the literature and cultures of the Portuguese-speaking world. One advanced language-level class (107 and 109) can count towards the minor. Princeton summer abroad courses offered by SPO will count towards the requirement. On a case-by-case basis, a maximum of one course taught in English can count towards the minor, provided that all written work is submitted in Portuguese. If a student studies abroad during the academic year, they may have up to one pre-approved course per semester abroad count towards the minor. No more than two courses taken abroad will be counted for the minor. Students intending to study abroad must contact the DUS with the description and syllabus of the Portuguese course they intend to have counted towards the minor to make sure that such course is equivalent to a course offered at Princeton. 

In agreement with the Program in Latin American Studies (PLAS), one course can be used towards both a minor in POR and a minor in PLAS

At the end of the senior year, students are required to complete a capstone assignment in Portuguese consisting of a 1500-word reflection on how the student’s work in the minor has informed their learning in their major coursework and potentially their independent work. The capstone assignment must be submitted to the Undergraduate Administrator and the Director of Undergraduate Studies no later than one week after the Senior Thesis submission deadline.

Ready to Apply?

After reviewing the information on this page, you can use the link below to log in and submit your application to minor.

Submit Application 

Contacts

Rafael Cesar
ON LEAVE AY 2024-2025
Janeth "Jane" Marquez
Graduate and Undergraduate Program Administrator
Alberto Bruzos Moro
Director of Spanish Language Program
Nicola Cooney
Director of Portuguese Language Program, Program Director - Princeton in Portugal