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Our outstanding Spanish program offers both a Bachelor of Arts degree and a minor in Spanish. You can also earn a Bachelor of Arts degree in Spanish Education. In addition to language proficiency, you’ll study the literature and cultures of Spanish, U.S. Hispanic, Mexican, Central American and South American peoples. Our caring professors bring a wealth of international experience to your education, but you’ll also learn from faculty visiting from Mexico, Colombia, Ecuador, Argentina, Chile and many other countries.

Our many cultural immersion opportunities on campus include a Spanish conversation group, the Spanish Club, social functions, weekend retreats and the International Latino Film Festival. We also encourage you to take part in full language and cultural immersion through our program’s unique study abroad options in Oaxaca and Parras, Mexico; Quito, Ecuador (under development); or Santiago, Chile (under development). There you can undertake meaningful service learning by combining your studies with an internship that makes a difference in the lives of local citizens. Recently, for example, two HSU Spanish students worked in a clinic in Oaxaca in addition to their coursework. You’ll also have the option to participate in CSU study abroad programs in Madrid or Granada, Spain, or Queretaro, Mexico.

Program Description

Students completing this program will have demonstrated:

  • the ability to analyze complex historical and social events, and the cultural expressions of individuals and communities, from a multiple perspective of race, gender, ethnicity, nationality, class, and religion
  • application of discipline-specific knowledge to workplace and/or post-baccalaureate environments
  • understanding of complex interactions of ethnic groups in their social contexts in the United States and the world achieved in the study of language, diverse cultural expressions, and social struggles
  • use of all four language skills (oral, writing, reading, and comprehension) appropriately to function in authentic linguistic and cultural contexts
  • the capacity to critically reflect, adapt, and network in a non-academic space or organization in a collaborative and professional manner
  • the ability to gather information and use necessary analytical skills to evaluate the impact of private and public policies on regional, national, and international environments and cultures.

All classes are taught in Spanish, from basic to advanced levels, with all four linguistic skills emphasized: listening, speaking, reading, and writing. Courses in literature and civilization provide the opportunity for critical understanding of the cultural heritage of the Spanish-speaking world, including the US.

Tertulias (social gatherings), weekend retreats, literary workshops, and discussions on social and political contemporary issues provide ample opportunity for faculty and students to interact.

Students are also encouraged to study abroad through the CSU international programs in Granada or Madrid, Spain and Querétaro, Mexico.

Graduates of this program have found careers as: teachers, interpreters, literary or technical translators, international bankers or financiers, travel agents, foreign service officers, foreign correspondents, and airline employees. Many county, state, and federal agencies offer jobs for which knowledge of Spanish is either desirable or required.