Hispanic Languages, Linguistics, and Bilingualism

University of California, Berkeley

About the Program

The Department of Spanish and Portuguese offers a minor in Hispanic Languages, Linguistics, and Bilingualism. For further information on minor requirements, please see the Minor Requirements tab on this page.

After completion of at least one upper-division course, you can email the Undergraduate Advisor to declare a Spanish or Portuguese Minor. Please include your name, SID, and which minor you intend to complete. Your intended minor will then appear on your CalCentral dashboard below your major. For further information on declaring and confirming completion of the minor, please see the department website.

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Minor Requirements

Students who have a strong interest in an area of study outside their major often decide to complete a minor program. These programs have set requirements.

General Guidelines

  1. All minors must be declared before the first day of classes in your Expected Graduation Term (EGT). For summer graduates, minors must be declared prior to the first day of Summer Session A. 

  2. All upper-division courses must be taken for a letter grade. 

  3. A minimum of three of the upper-division courses taken to fulfill the minor requirements must be completed at UC Berkeley.

  4. A minimum grade point average (GPA) of 2.0 is required in the upper-division courses to fulfill the minor requirements.

  5. Courses used to fulfill the minor requirements may be applied toward the Seven-Course Breadth requirement, for Letters & Science students.

  6. No more than one upper division course may be used to simultaneously fulfill requirements for a student's major and minor programs.

  7. All minor requirements must be completed prior to the last day of finals during the semester in which the student plans to graduate. If students cannot finish all courses required for the minor by that time, they should see a College of Letters & Science adviser.

  8. All minor requirements must be completed within the unit ceiling. (For further information regarding the unit ceiling, please see the College Requirements tab.)


Lower Division Prerequisites
SPANISH 1Elementary Spanish - First Semester (or equivalent)5
SPANISH 2Elementary Spanish - Second Semester (or equivalent)5
SPANISH 3Intermediate Spanish - Third Semester (or equivalent)5
SPANISH 4Intermediate Spanish - Fourth Semester (or equivalent)5
SPANISH 25Reading and Analysis of Literary Texts3
Upper Division
SPANISH 100Introduction to Hispanic Linguistics4
Select four courses from the following:
Spanish Pronunciation and Accents in Native and Non-Native Speakers [4]
Spanish Phonetics and Phonology [4]
Spanish Morphology and Syntax [4]
Sociolinguistic and Psycholinguistic Approaches to Spanish Bilingualism [4]
Spanish Dialectology and Sociolinguistic Variation [4]
Spanish in the U.S. and in Contact with Other Languages [4]
Foreign Language Acquisition and Pedagogy for Spanish Language Instruction [4]
Topics in Hispanic Linguistics [4]


Advising Staff and Advising Hours

Maxwell Moloney, MA
UMA Spanish & Portuguese
5317 Dwinelle Hall (Floor E)

Mailing Address

Department of Spanish & Portuguese
5317 Dwinelle Hall #2590
University of California, Berkeley
Berkeley, CA 94720-2590


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Contact Information

Department of Spanish and Portuguese

5319 Dwinelle Hall

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Department Chair

Estelle Tarica, PhD

5210 Dwinelle Hall


Faculty Advisor

Justin Davidson, PhD

5215 Dwinelle Hall


Undergraduate Advisor

Maxwell Moloney, MA

5317 Dwinelle Hall


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