Hispanic Studies Minor for Business Majors

Barcelona 2011
IWU students in front of Antoni Gaud’s Casa Batll, one of Barcelona’s many architectural landmarks, during a semester in Spain. 

Illinois Wesleyan offers a formal minor in Hispanic Studies as a complement to the bachelor's degree in Business Administration Finance, Marketing, Accounting, or International Business. The six-course minor includes work in the Department of World Languages, Literatures, and Cultures, including specific business courses taught in Spanish.

Spanish language study will help prepare IWU business majors to meet the challenge of an increasingly diverse and global business environment.

  • The Hispanic/Latino population is the second largest and fastest growing minority in the United States

  • By 2030, one of five Americans will be Hispanic/Latino

  • Mexican-Americans comprise over 60% of that population

  • Illinois is one of 10 states with a large Hispanic/Latino population, comprising 22% of the population in Chicago

Hispanic Studies Minor Course Requirements

Six Hispanic Studies courses beyond the basic language sequence including:

  1. Spanish 303 - Advanced Grammar and Composition

  2. Spanish 307 - Reading and Writing Culture 

  3. Spanish 308 - Introduction to Literature

  4. Spanish 250 - Business Spanish and its Cultural Context or BARC 250 - Business Spanish 

  5. BARC 322 - Management and Ethics in a Cross-Cultural Environment or one SPAN 340 course or another another elective
  6. Spanish 397 (Internship) or one SPAN 340 course or another elective 

All Hispanic Studies minors are strongly encouraged to enroll in the IWU Spain Program in spring of their sophomore year.

BARC courses are part of the IWU Spain Program.

 

Internship Opportunities

Hispanic Studies minors are encouraged to pursue internship opportunities available to them. Here are some recent IWU student internships in Hispanic Studies. Many of these internships allow students to experience Spanish-speaking environments in the real world.