The ability to communicate with Spanish speakers and appreciate Hispanic cultures gives you a tremendous advantage in a wide range of careers. Whether on the job or in your community, your Spanish language competency and cultural understanding can help you establish valuable connections in the inter-dependent global community.

Students will attain an advanced level of proficiency in Spanish according to the criteria of the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages(ACTFL) guidelines. Students will also acquire a reasonable understanding and knowledge of Hispanic cultures through the study of literature, history, art, social science, philosophy, etc. in a variety of courses taught in Spanish and English. As students plan their programs, they select a specific area of concentration (literature, culture, language) in which to acquire a more profound knowledge relative to their particular interests and goals. Additionally, students will engage in real-life learning via their service learning experiences where they will have opportunities to work with public and private agencies on projects that integrate their language skills with community needs. Finally, in students’ Senior Capstone projects they will have the opportunity to demonstrate thorough understanding of a topic of interest to them.

The program prepares graduates for successful careers as professionals in teaching, business and technology, travel, tourism, governmental and nongovernmental agencies, and for graduate study in hispanic languages and literatures, Chicano/Latino studies, linguistics, translation and interpretation, TESOL, or focused international disciplines such as policy, management and business.

Special Requirements

If you transferred into CSUMB as an AA-T-certified student in Spanish, please see the AA-T certified requirements.

If you are unsure about your transfer status, please talk to a Spanish faculty advisor as soon as possible.

All other Spanish majors, see below.

Standard Requirements

In order to graduate, you will also need to complete your general education and university requirements.

Complete ALL of the following courses:

  • WLC 300: WLC Major ProSeminar (2 units)
  • SPAN 300: Pre-Capstone for Spanish Majors (2 units)
  • SPAN 301: Comp/Oral Practice (4 units)
  • SPAN 301S: Service Learning in the Chicano / Latino Community (4 units)
  • SPAN 304: Intro To Hispanic Literat (4 units)
  • WLC 400: WLC Major Capstone (4 units)

Complete THREE of the following Language and Linguistics related courses:

  • SPAN 302: History of the Spanish Language (4 units)
  • SPAN 303: Adv Spanish Grammar (4 units)
  • SPAN 305: Spanish for The Professions (4 units)
  • SPAN 313: Intro to Spanish Linguistics (4 units)
  • SPAN 315: Introduction to Translation: Spanish/English (4 units)
  • SPAN 345: Bilingualism in the Spanish-Speaking World (4 units)
  • LING 392: Nature of Language & Language Acquisition (4 units)

Complete THREE of the following Literature and Culture related courses:

  • SPAN 306: Cultur/Civ Span Ltn Amer (4 units)
  • SPAN 307: History&Politics Of Mex (4 units)
  • SPAN 308: Hist/Cultr Aztlan:SW US (4 units)
  • SPAN 309: Hist & Polit Of Latn Amer (4 units)
  • SPAN 310: Hispanic Children Literature (4 units)
  • SPAN 311
  • SPAN 316: Cultures and Civilizations of Spain (4 units)
  • SPAN 321: Masterpieces of Hispanic Lit (4 units)
  • SPAN 322: Masterpieces of Hispanic Literature: Latin America & the Caribbean (4 units)
  • SPAN 325: Hispanic Cinema (2-6 units)
  • SPAN 330: Hispanic Testimonials (4 units)
  • SPAN 365: The Chicano Narrative (4 units)
  • SPAN 370: The Chicano Community (4 units)
  • SPAN 425: La Literatura Mexicana (4 units)
  • SPAN 426: Narativa Hispanoamericana (4 units)
  • SPAN 427: Latin Amer Women Writers (4 units)
  • SPAN 428: La Literatura Afrolatina (4 units)
  • HCOM 328: Latina Life Stories (4 units)
  • HCOM 329: Auto/Biografias (4 units)
  • HCOM 344: Chicana/Latina Experiences (4 units)
  • HCOM 345: Chicanx Life & Culture (4 units)
  • HCOM 455: Paradigms Of Chicanx Comm (4 units)
  • SBS 325: Art of the Aztec Empire (4 units)
  • SBS 348: Maya Civilization (4 units)
  • SBS 480

Complete ONE of the following Secondary Culture courses:

  • JAPN 305: Introduction to Japanese Culture & Civilization (4 units)
  • JAPN 306: The Japanese Mind (4 units)
  • JAPN 307: Japan-American Experience (4 units)
  • JAPN 308: Japanese Pop-Culture (4 units)
  • JAPN 309: Masterpieces in Japanese Literature (4 units)
  • JAPN 310: Japanese Cinema (4 units)
  • JAPN 311: Social Issues In Japan (4 units)
  • JAPN 313
  • JAPN 314: Japanese Visual Culture and Media (4 units)
  • JAPN 316: Japanese Myth and Folktales (4 units)
  • JAPN 405: Cultural Landscape of Japan (4 units)
  • JAPN 407: Japan in the Globalized Community (4 units)
  • HCOM 322: Asian American Literature (4 units)
  • HCOM 324: African American Narratives (4 units)
  • HCOM 326
  • HCOM 346: African American Life/History (4 units)
  • SBS 365
  • SBS 381: US in Vietnam and Asia-Pacific: Peoples, Colonization, Conflicts, Resources (4 units)
  • SBS 382: History of Modern Africa (4 units)
  • SBS 383: African Civilizations (3-4 units)

To complete the requirements of the Spanish Language & Hispanic Cultures degree, students must demonstrate that they have actively immersed in authentic Hispanic cultural and linguistic environments and have internalized the language and cultural experience, from which they have developed personal understanding and new perspectives of Hispanic communities. There are two pathways by which this can be demonstrated; in consultation with your major advisor, choose ONE of the following pathways:

  1. Pathway 1: By participating in a study-abroad program in a Spanish-speaking country for at least one semester. Courses taken in a study-abroad program may count toward another MLO.
  2. Pathway 2: By working on a community project as outlined in the Guidelines for completion of the Spanish e-portfolio Guidelines.

MLO 1 Language Proficiency

Students are able to communicate effectively in Spanish in three modes: interpersonal, interpretive, and presentational, and in a culturally appropriate manner in a variety of social and professional settings and circumstances at the Advanced Low level of language proficiency, according to ACTFL Guidelines

MLO 2  Linguistics

Students develop their knowledge of fundamental concepts in the fields of Hispanic and Applied Linguistics, and are able to apply them in the completion of research papers and data-driven small-scale research studies pertaining current issues in these areas.

MLO 3 Literary and Cultural Knowledge

Students develop a reasonable understanding of the ways of thinking (ideas, beliefs, attitudes, values, philosophies), the behavioral practices (patterns of social interactions), and the cultural products – both tangible and intangible (for example, art, history, literature, music) — of Hispanic societies.

MLO 4 Secondary Culture Other than Hispanic Cultures

4.1 Students describe concepts of culture and use that understanding in their comparison of Hispanic cultures with a second culture other than those.

4.2 Students will analyze and make connections between the perspectives, ways of thinking, behavioral practices, and cultural products of a second culture other than Hispanic cultures.

MLO 5 Cultural Internalization and Language Immersion

Students demonstrate that they have actively immersed themselves in authentic Hispanic cultural and linguistic environments and have internalized the language and cultural experience, from which they have developed personal understanding and new perspectives of Hispanic communities.

Note: Students develop intercultural communication skills and strategies, and learn to adapt and respond in effective ways. This MLO may be fulfilled by a study abroad experience or equivalent. Courses taken in a study abroad program may count toward another MLO. Students who choose Pathway 2 will be working on a community project to fulfill this requirement.

MLO 6 Research and Technology

6.1 Students gain knowledge of appropriate research methodologies and are able to apply them in their studies.

6.2 Students use appropriate technology in research studies relative to Spanish Language and Hispanic Cultures.

6.3 Students collect, manage, and analyze current and emerging technology-based resources to develop and produce their scholarly work.

These pathways are examples of how you might complete all the requirements for your degree in an order that makes sense given prerequisites. They are meant to give you a general sense of what your education will look like.

Your own unique situation and a number of other factors may mean your actual pathway is different. Perhaps you'll need an extra math or language class, or one of the courses we've listed isn't offered in a particular semester. Don't worry - there is flexibility built into the curriculum. You'll want to work closely with an advisor and use the academic advisement report to take all that into account and develop a pathway that's customized for you.

In the meantime, use this example as a starting point for choosing classes or discussing your plans with an advisor. Your advisor is your best resource when it comes to figuring out how to fit all the courses you need, in the right sequence, into your personal academic plan.

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* This FYS class is just an example. The FYS class you choose might meet a different GE area, so you would have to adjust your actual pathway accordingly.

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