B.A. in Spanish

Dr. Grace Davila

Guest Speaker - Grace Dávila

Grace Dávila-López teaches Spanish, The-ater, and Culture in the Department of Romance Languages and Litera-tures at Pomona College. She specializes in Puerto Rican theater and has published in well-known theater journals such as Latin American Theatre Review, Conjunto, and Gestos (1986-2015); the last of which she was a founding member and associate editor. As a res-ident of Southern Cali-fornia, she is interested in the work of the Latino Theater Company and the Los Angeles theater scene.


Spanish rabbit running with clock in his hand

Can you really be late to a meeting?

The concept of time is different for the Spanish culture. In Spain, being late in not considered impolite or disrespectful as it does in other western European nations. Deadlines are also viewed as objectives that will be met when possible, but not as binding.

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

  • With over 500 million speakers, Spanish is one of the most spoken languages in the world (after Mandarín).
  • With official status in 21 countries and sizable populations of speakers in many other countries, including the United States, Spanish can be heard in just about in every corner of the world.
  • With close to 50 million U.S. speakers, Spanish is a living language in the United States that serves real world needs beyond the confines of the classroom. Indeed, the U.S. is home to the second-largest Spanish-speaking population in the world, after Mexico.
  • With a rich cultural legacy and literary tradition, Spanish can expand your mind and broaden your perspectives. It is also a gateway to professional opportunities in the U.S. and abroad. From Healthcare, to Business, Education, Communication, Criminal Justice – wherever your career goals may lie – Spanish can help you get farther and do more.

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, as well as affect salary.

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

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

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Road Maps

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

Note: SPAN 201 was formerly SPAN 155, SPAN 202 was formerly SPAN 212, SPAN 203 was formerly SPAN 213

31st Cervantes Symposium

CSU Northridge, in collaboration with CSU San Bernardino, hosted the 31st Cervantes Symposium. It consisted of outstanding presentations by well regarded Cervantist, as well as junior scholars. CSUN graduate students also shared their research topics for their Don Quixote graduate class in a group panel. Six Spanish graduate students from CSUSB traveled nearly 80 miles to attend the symposium. Thanks to the presenters and students for their engaging commentary.

Many thanks to Dr. Adrian Pérez-Boluda and CSUN Department of Modern and Classical Languages and Literatures for hosting such a delightful symposium. Our gratitute also to the CSUSB College of Arts and Letters, and World Languages and Literatures department for their support. 

By such innovations are languages enriched, when the words are adopted by the multitude, and naturalized by custom.
- Miguel de Cervantes

Attendees of Cervantes Symposium

2018 Dia Latino group photo

Día Latino

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. 

2018 Outstanding Undergraduate in Spanish: Estefani Vázquez

Estefani Vazquez
Once dreaming of becoming a professional dancer, Estefani’s passion for Spanish and education has led her to major in Spanish to become a teacher. Her strong dedication, captivating enthusiasm and compassionate nature, as well as her continued and extensive involvement in campus and community events has earned her great recognition among faculty and students alike. Already a leader, Estefani is currently serving as the President for the CSUSB Chapter of Sigma Delta Pi, the National Collegiate Hispanic Honor Society, and has been instrumental in participating and supporting events sponsored by the CSUSB Dreamers Resource and Success Center. In fact, she is taking part in the planning and organizing of the Dreamers Graduation Ceremony this year. In addition to her solid contribution to the CSUSB community and beyond, Estefani is a stellar and active scholar who has participated in many workshops, completed a project collaborating with a museum in Spain, and has received several scholarships. She has already been accepted into the graduate program in UCR to earn her MA and teaching credentials and is looking forward to teaching the Spanish language, literature, and culture in the near future. (Photo courtesy of Gloria Posada)