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?
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.
Some classes are offered only once a year, so make sure to consult with a Counselor or Advisor.
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.
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
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
Students enrolled in Spanish 101 through 203 courses can access the textbook beginning the moment they activate Connect through Blackboard. The cost of the digital materials is at the discounted price and will automatically be charged to the student's account. Students are responsible for paying the charges applied to their student account. In addition to the discounted rate, students have access to their class materials in digital format (e-books) from the first day. You should have received an email from the bookstore, Follett, when you enrolled in the course. It contains students’ username, and link for the Follet-CSUSB portal to create their account to login in and opt-out.
Saving Students' Money
The Affordable Learning Solutions Program gave special recognition in 2019 to The Department of World Languages and Literatures for pioneering the Inclusive Access Program at CSUSB and saving money for our students.
The Spanish Section has been working hard with the Inclusive Access Program under the leadership of our lower division coordinator, Dr. Rafael Correa.
With Inclusive Access, students have access to their class materials in digital format (e-books), at no charge, from the first day of class until census day; when they can choose to remain in the program and pay for the e-book or opt out. The program has proven to be an efficient way to help students, in that they do not have to commit to buy a textbook until they are sure about staying in the class. Additionally, e-books are usually a less expensive format. This method is also ideal for students who do not receive their financial aid at the beginning of the term.
The Department of World Languages and Literatures helped to save $120,177.92 for students through the lower division courses SPAN 101 -103 and SPAN 203 in 2018-2019.
Across CSUSB, Affordable Solutions has saved a total of $944,678.83 this year!!
If you wish to opt-out of this program and not receive access to the required digital materials; you will follow the instructions provided in the email sent from the bookstore, Follett, when you enrolled in the course (sample email.) If you opt-out, you will no longer have access to the textbook online.
Hard copies of the Textbook are available at the Coyote Bookstore if you decide to opt out.
Please note that the Deadline to Opt-Out is CENSUS DATE, which is the same as the add/drop deadline.
IMPORTANT! Once you opt-out of a section, you cannot opt back in!
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
2019 Department Commencement Speaker: Brenda Gillman
Nominated by Dr. Rafael Correa
Brenda’s is truly an outstanding student with a GPA of 3.992. She has been in the Dean’s list continuously since coming to CSUSB. She served as a Teacher’s Assistance, while at the same time volunteering to tutor two foreign students learning Spanish. She received the Inland Empire Foreign Language Association and the Center for the Advancement of Second Language Acquisition Awards. In 2018, Brenda volunteered as a translator for the LEAD Conference, sponsored by the College of Education. She was nominated and initiated into the CSUSB Chapter of Sigma Delta Pi, The National Collegiate Spanish Honor Society and became its current president for 2018-2019 academic year. In summer 2018, Brenda was invited to attend the Annual Summer Seminar for Language Teachers sponsored by the California Language Teacher Association held at the University of California, Santa Barbara.
A returning student and single mother, Brenda has continued to attend workshops and seminars that “assist me in my path to the foreign language classroom.” To that effect, she has been a member of the Graduate Research Office’s Peer Lab Facilitator Program, where student attend a particular class and then hold office hours in order to assist/tutor students. She also maintains contact with the community college she attended, RCC-Norco, to mentor and recruit students for CSUSB. Brenda also has a personal project that involves collecting clothes and toys for children in a small village in Mexico so that she “can put a smile on the faces of so many vulnerable children.” Overall, she says, her university experience at CSUSB has been very happy and rewarding. Brenda expects to remain here in order to complete an M.A. degree in Spanish in the Department of World Languages and Literatures.
2018 Outstanding Undergraduate in Spanish: Estefani Vázquez
Guest Speaker - Grace Dávila
Grace Dávila-López was a Guest Speaker at CSUSB in November 2019. Dávila-López teaches Spanish, Theater, and Culture in the Department of Romance Languages and Literatures 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 resident of Southern California, she is interested in the work of the Latino Theater Company and the Los Angeles theater scene.