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Foreign Language

Welcome to the NWOSU Foreign Language Program. Bienvenidos al Lenguas Extranjeras de la Universidad Estatal del Noroeste de Oklahoma.
Dr. Robert Vest is always willing to help any student in need of academic assistance. He helps students experience culture through authentic materials and interaction with native speakers. He also has lived abroad, which enriches his instruction. Spanish classes emphasize communicative skills.
Dr. Vest also is active in the university's Spanish club, which is involved in both university activities and civic projects, and Sigma Delta Pi, the international Spanish honor society.

For more information about the Spanish minor or its student organizations, contact Dr. Vest or Dr. Kate Lane, Department Chair. 



Dr. Robert Vest
Assistant Professor of Spanish
Vinson Hall 202


Sigma Delta Pi (National Spanish Honor Society) 

Spanish Club

Spanish Minor

The Foreign Language program offers a Spanish minor that requires 24 credit hours. Be sure to check out the Course Schedule for times, dates and locations of these courses. 

Spanish Minor Required Courses (credit hours):
SPAN 1114: Spanish I (4)
SPAN 1224: Spanish II (4)
SPAN 2151: Spanish Pronunciation (1)
SPAN 2183: Spanish Conversation Reading or
SPAN 2193: Spanish Comp/Grammar I (3)

*Select three 3000-level elective courses (9), chosen from the following:
SPAN 3103: Intro to Hispanic Lit (3)
SPAN 3113: Peninsular/Spanish American Culture (3)
SPAN 3183: Conversation II (3)
SPAN 3193: Comp/Grammar II (3)

*Select one 4000-level elective course (3), chosen from the following:
SPAN 4183: Conversation III (3)
SPAN 4193: Composition/Grammar III (3)
SPAN 4223: Survey of Spanish American Literature (3)
SPAN 4103: Survey of Peninsular Literature (3)

For a detailed look at the descriptions for this minor, please see the Undergraduate Catalog.

Careers for Spanish Minor

What Can I Do with a Spanish Minor?

You'll have a leg up in the job market as employers will be looking for candidates with Spanish-speaking skills, plus being bilingual keeps your brain sharp. Being bilingual could also help you earn more money after graduation, and traveling abroad could become easier.

  • Immigration Officer
  • Translator
  • Government Officer
  • Law Enforcement
  • Teacher
  • Missionary
  • Medical Field
  • Broadcasting
  • Copy Editor
  • Customs Inspector
  • Diplomat
  • Flight Attendant
  • Foreign Student Advisor
  • Health Administrator
  • Historian
  • Hotel Manager
  • Import/Export Manager
  • International Banker
  • Journalist
  • Lawyer
  • Librarian
  • News Correspondent
  • Peace Corps Volunteer
  • Counselor
  • Personnel Director
  • Publicist
  • Bilingual Educator
  • Buyer
  • Scientific Linguist
  • Social Worker
  • Special Agent/FBI
  • Speech Pathologist

Student Learning Outcomes

Students will be able to achieve proficiency level in Spanish at the high intermediate level in presentational, interpretive, and interpersonal modes of communication in speaking, reading, writing and listening comprehension according to the American Council of the Teaching of Foreign Languages standards.

Students will be able to demonstrate knowledge and understanding of the relationship of cultural practices, products, and perspectives in the Spanish-speaking world.



Course Rotation


The Foreign Language program offers the Dorothy Day Spanish Scholarship. The award is $500 and is given to a full-time continuing student minoring in Spanish. The student must have completed three semesters of Spanish coursework and have a minimum 3.0 cumulative grade point average. 

Current students have until March 15 for academic scholarships using the Continuing Student Scholarship Application.

For departmental scholarships you will need to fill out a form provided by the department chair by February 15.

Departmental scholarships available in this area and more can be found at https://my.nwfoundation.com/scholarships, including numerous miscellaneous unspecified scholarships.

For more information, please visit Scholarships.

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