Candidates for a minor in Spanish are strongly encouraged to spend a summer or a semester in Spanish America or Spain. 

Interested students should contact Director of International Programs and Student Services, Catharine Cashner, or the Minor Coordinator, Belkis Suarez. 

Catharine CashnerCatharine Cashner
Director of International Programs and Student Services
319-363-1323, ext. 1713
University Center, 240 J
Office Hours: Monday-Thursday: 8 am to 5 pm; Friday: 8 am to 4:30 pm 


Belkis Suarez

Belkis Suarez
Minor Coordinator
Assistant Professor of Spanish
Warde 414


Students who participate in approved overseas study programs can earn up to 6 credits that will count toward the minor.

Upcoming Trips

Summer 2013: Mount Mercy is taking students to Costa Rica.  Students will earn 6 credits in Spanish Conversation and Culture and Civilizations.  For more information contact Belkis Suarez or Catharine Cashner

Why language connects to study abroad:

"Students in a variety of majors will find that proficiency in Spanish can make them more attractive to potential employers. Not only is Spanish an increasingly useful language in Iowa, but by studying a language, students exercise their brains in different ways. Exploring a foreign language can be a catalyst for opening up to new perspectives and learning about other cultures." ~ Catharine Cashner, director of international programs