Spanish

Bachelor of Arts

Understanding a language is more than simply knowing how to translate; it requires an immersion in its culture and history.

We offer a wide variety of courses that incorporate literature, linguistics, and culture into the study of the Spanish language. In addition to working interactively with their faculty mentors and each other, we strongly encourage students to study abroad.

The Curriculum

The goals of our Spanish program at Cal Lutheran are proficiency in the language and a high degree of familiarity with Hispanic literature and culture. In order to achieve these goals, we offer a wide variety of courses, from language through literature, linguistics and culture.

Most of our majors and minors go into teaching, some into private industry and some into government service. Our program tries to address itself to the needs of these students by preparing them for an increasingly pluralistic and globally oriented society as well as a competitive career world. To that end and because language and literature are inseparable from a cultural context, our program has a strong cultural orientation. In all of our courses, we strive to develop in our students an understanding of as many aspects of Hispanic culture and civilization as possible in conjunction with the subject focused on. We also place a strong emphasis on developing students’ critical thinking skills in all our courses and many are conducted in Spanish in order to develop students’ proficiency in the language.

Spanish faculty use interactive lectures, group work, entertaining cultural activities, such as singing, video and film presentations, computer-aided presentations and exercises to give the students a well-rounded learning experience. A computer lab is available to enhance this experience outside the classroom.

In addition, students have the opportunity to participate in a variety of cultural activities on campus, such as the Dia de los Muertos and Las Posadas celebrations in the fall, as well as the Encuentros festival in the spring. They also can become members of the Spanish honor society, the National Collegiate Hispanic Honor Society, Sigma Delta Pi and participate in the Latin American Students Association.

We strongly encourage majors and minors in Spanish to study abroad. The Spanish Department sponsors a program in Guanajuato, 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 universities in Spain and Latin America are available through the Cal Lutheran Study Abroad Program

The Experience
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The Spanish Literature and Society course fascinated me because I had the chance to read literature from amazing writers who have shaped the Spanish language to what it is today. That is what was the most impactful for me - learning about all these great writers who interpreted their point of view on life in various ways all while incorporating Latin American history and politics into their works.

Abigail de la Cruz '19
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My travel seminar Treasures of Peru, taught by Dr. Fiore and Dr. Claussen, was one of the greatest experiences of my life. The opportunity to learn the Peruvian dialect was an indispensable experience in helping me understand Spanish as a living language while refining what I had learned in the classroom at Cal Lutheran. I now have a more holistic view of what it means to be a Spanish learner and how my major intersects with culture and people, going beyond language.

Stefan Henning '20
Your Future

Most of our majors and minors go into teaching, some into private industry and some into government service. Our program tries to address itself to the needs of these students by preparing them for an increasingly pluralistic and globally oriented society as well as a competitive career world. To that end and because language and literature are inseparable from a cultural context, our program has a strong cultural orientation.

Our alumni study at:
  • Boston University
  • California Lutheran University
  • California State University, Northridge
  • Gonzaga University, School of Law
  • Mount Saint Mary's University, Los Angeles
  • Northwestern University
  • The University of Illinois at Chicago
  • The University of Oregon
  • University of West Los Angeles School of Law
  • Washington University in St. Louis
Our alumni work for:
  • Bromund Law Group
  • California Lutheran University
  • Children's Hospital Los Angeles
  • CSU Channel Islands
  • ELCA Young Adults in Global Mission program
  • Hayward Police Department
  • Lamia Financial Group
  • La Roca Women's Shelter
  • Los Angeles Police Department
  • New Mexico Orthopedics
  • Peace Corps
  • Simi Valley Unified School District
  • Sport Court of Southern California
  • Takeda Pharmaceutical Company
  • The ABRITE Organization
  • Ventura County Probation Agency
Career paths:
  • Academic Counselor
  • Bilingual Content Producer
  • Communications Director
  • Admissions
  • Legal Processing Assistant
  • Non-Profit Assistant
  • Productions Assistant
  • Project Administrator/Coordinator
  • Police Officer
  • Registered Behavior Technician
  • Teacher

of Cal Lutheran graduates find a job or enroll in graduate school within nine months

More Career Outcomes
Genesis Rodriguez

Obtaining a proper education in Spanish has helped me advance quickly in my career because it gave me an in-depth knowledge about the Spanish-speaking communities and cultures, which goes farther than simply being bilingual. This gives me a competitive edge as I am able to market my skills and talents in two languages and cultures. Many companies and employers are realizing the power of bilingual marketing, as it helps tremendously in expansion and outreach. This is essentially what I do in my current role, as I am able to extend the university's offerings and brand to the Spanish-speaking community.

Genesis Rodriguez ’16

Bilingual Content Producer
California Lutheran University, University Marketing

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