B.A. in Spanish

Spanish - a foreign language?

A recent article in the LA Times reports that Spanish has never been a foreign language in the United States.

Why Study Spanish

There are many reasons to study Spanish, but one of the most important ones at the present time is that the global marketplace is becoming bigger and, as a result, the need for speakers of languages other than English (particularly as translators or interpreters) is increasing. Currently, U.S. federal statistics indicate that more than 31,000 individuals work as translators or interpreters in schools, health care, courts, airlines, and telecommunications. Further, due to the expansion of global commerce, the industry is expected to increase 26 percent in the next eight years!

The knowledge of Spanish for those seeking employment in our region is critical for the fields of teaching, journalism, publishing, advertising, writing, business, law, law enforcement, government, health services, as well as other career opportunities. Even a basic knowledge of Spanish at the SPAN 103 level may increase the probability of employment for these and other fields.

Course Descriptions from the CSUSB Catalog

Some classes are offered only once a year, so make sure to consult with a Counselor or Advisor.


Coordinator: Dr. Correa


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Rafael Correa

Four Concentrations

The B.A. in Spanish is offered in four different tracks:

  • Hispanic Literature, Language and Civilization (Teaching) Track
  • Hispanic Cultural Studies Track
  • Business Track
  • Communication Studies

The Liberal Studies degree, for those prospective teachers of elementary children K-6, can be enhanced by taking the Spanish Studies Emphasis. This track allows the student to teach in both English and bilingual classrooms.

The minor in Spanish, which can be combined with any non-Spanish major, gives the student additional experience in Hispanic culture, literature and linguistics. A double major of Spanish and another subject is also an option.

Día Latino is a Success

2018 Dia Latino group photo

Día Latino is an afternoon full of culture, music, games, giveaways and much more held every year by the Department's Los Amigos and Acto Latino clubs. 

An article in the LA Times HS Insider by Crystal Harrell recognized the success of the collaboration. 

Study Abroad

There are multiple opportunities to study abroad, expand your knowledge of the language and culture AND earn units.

Check out the Study Abroad in Spain page for more details.

Degree Requirements and Road Maps

Barcelona church

Road Maps

Please click on the appropriate degree road map to view. Please note that they are in PDF format.