B.A. in Spanish
Most Spanish majors go into teaching, some into private industry and some into government service. Our program seeks to address the needs of these students by preparing them for an increasingly pluralistic and globally oriented society as well as a competitive career world.
The Spanish program at CLU strives to provide proficiency in the language and
a high degree of familiarity with Hispanic literature and culture. To achieve
this, the Department offers a wide variety of courses from language through
literature, linguistics and culture. Most Spanish majors go into teaching, some
into private industry and some into government service. Our program seeks to
address the needs of these students by preparing them for an increasingly
pluralistic and globally oriented society as well as a competitive career
To that end and because language and literature are inseparable from a cultural context, our program has a strong cultural orientation. We place a strong emphasis on developing students' critical thinking skills in all our courses and all are conducted in Spanish in order to develop students' proficiency in the language.
The Faculty use interactive lectures, group work, entertaining cultural activities and computer-aided presentations and exercises to give the students a well-rounded learning experience. In addition students have the opportunity to participate in a variety of cultural campus-based activities such as the Dia de los Muertos and Las Posadas celebrations, as well as the Encuentros festival. Students can also become members of the Spanish honor society Sigma Delta Pi and participate in the Latin American Student Organization.
Both Spanish majors and minors are strongly encouraged to study abroad. The Spanish department sponsors a six week summer program in Taxco, Mexico which provides students with an excellent opportunity to polish their language skills through immersion in the culture. Other opportunities to spend a semester or junior year abroad at any one of a variety of Spanish or Latin American Universities are available through the CLU study abroad program.
Single Subject Waiver
Students interested in teaching Spanish should refer to the chair of the Spanish Department for information about the Spanish subject matter program.
Upper Division Credits: 32
Required Courses: Spanish 301, 315, 325, 401, 405; one Spanish 400-level course; and two Spanish upper division electives. At the discretion of the department, a relevant course in another discipline, such as Political Science 443, may be substituted for the upper division elective. In addition, an oral proficiency exam is required before graduation.
Contact the Department
California Lutheran University
60 W. Olsen Rd. # 3800
Thousand Oaks, CA 91360
Sheridan Wigginton, Ph.D.