Spanish Program

Minimum requirements for a BACHELOR OF ARTS DEGREE IN SPANISH are (46 units, since 490 is 6 units):

  1. Spanish 300 (or 409) -- Advanced Spanish Grammar
  2. Spanish 301 -- Spanish Literature I
  3. Spanish 302 -- Spanish Literature II
  4. Spanish 303 -- Hispanic-American Literature
  5. Spanish 424 -- Culture and Civilization of Mexico and the Chicano/Mexican-American. OR Spanish 426 -- Southwest Hispanic Folklore. OR Spanish 428--Hispanic-American Culture and Civilization
  6. Spanish 412 -- Introduction to Spanish Linguistics. OR Spanish 420 -- Southwest Spanish
  7. Ten units selected from the department's upper division courses taught in Spanish.
  8. Spanish 490 -- Senior Seminar

  9. The satisfactory completion of one of the three options listed below:
  • A special minor (p. ).
  • A minor consisting of at least 20 quarter units within a minor program designed by another discipline.
  • An interdisciplinary concentration or minor in one of the specially developed areas (see "Interdisciplinary Concentrations and Minors," p. ).

Students planning to teach are urged to select courses from the following (in consultation with their advisor): SPAN 427 or 428, Hispanic-American Culture and Civilization; SPAN 300, Advanced Spanish Grammar; SPAN 415, Translation Workshop; SPAN 409, Advanced Spanish Syntax; SPAN 413, Contrastive Structures of Spanish and English.

Teaching Credential – Spanish Teacher Preparation Program

The California Commission on Teacher Credentialing (CCTC) has authorized CSUB to offer a single subject matter preparation program in Spanish leading to a Bachelor of Arts degree.

All of the following courses are required (9 courses, 46 units): SPAN 300, 301, 302, 303, 311 or 409, 424 or 426 or 428, 412 or 420 and 490, plus two additional upper division courses taught in Spanish.

Bilingual/Cross-Cultural Specialist Credential

The Bilingual/Cross-Cultural Specialist credential is administered by the School of Education in cooperation and consultation with departments in the humanities. In consultation with their advisor, students wishing to prepare for this credential are advised to select from the following list of courses, which are cross-listed under both schools: Spanish 321, Hispanic-American Culture and Civilization; Spanish 409, Advanced Spanish Syntax; Spanish 412, Introduction to Spanish Linguistics; Spanish 413, Contrastive Structures of Spanish and English; Spanish 420, Southwest Spanish; Spanish 422, Children's Literature in Spanish; Spanish 424, Culture and Civilization of Mexico and the Chicano/Mexican-American (in English); Spanish 425, Chicano Literature; Spanish 426, Southwest Hispanic Folklore.

Requirements for the MINOR in Spanish

A minimum of 20 quarter units of which no more than 10 may be chosen from courses at the 200 level, with the remainder to be selected from courses at the upper division levels except SPAN 427.


Minimum requirements for a Master of Arts degree in Spanish are:

1. Completion of a minimum of 48 units in 09-11 Catalog of approved upper-division and graduate courses (400 through 600 level) in Spanish to include Spanish 500 and at least two 5-unit courses, one of which must be at the 600 level, from each of the following fields:

Linguistics, Second-Language Acquisition Pedagogy and Interpretation/Translation (SPAN 412, 413, 415, 420, 477, 540, 541, 542, 543, 544, 545, 577, 639, 677, 698, and 699)

Spanish Literature and Culture (SPAN 477, 532, 533, 537, 538, 552, 577, 630, 631, 677, and 699)

Spanish-American Literature and Culture (SPAN 416, 419, 424, 426, 428, 477, 495, 534, 535, 550, 551, 577, 636, 677, and 699)

The remaining 10 units may be taken from any of the courses listed above. However, a maximum of only four 400-level courses (20 units maximum) may be counted toward the Master of Arts degree in Spanish. Courses taken as an undergraduate do not count and may not be repeated toward fulfillment of the master’s degree requirements. No more than 13.5 quarter units (9 semester units) of transfer graduate credit are allowed, subject to approval by the departmental admissions committee.

2. Maintenance of a 3.0 GPA in all work undertaken as a graduate student.

3. Campus Catalog 2009-2011 (Regularly Updated)

4. Successful completion of a “capstone experience” consisting of written examinations on the Graduate Reading List in each of the three fields listed in number 1 above. In addition all students must pass an oral comprehensive examination.

Program Description

The Master of Arts in Spanish program is designed to enable students to perfect all their communications skills: listening, reading, speaking and writing. The curriculum is carefully planned and integrated to ensure a foundation of professional skills, and a uniform degree of coverage in the areas of Spanish and Spanish-American literature and culture, linguistics and second-language acquisition pedagogy, and the business-related fields of interpretation and translation. Students gain an excellent preparation to become far more effective teachers of Spanish or professionals who are able to interact expertly throughout their careers with Spanish-speaking persons.

To meet these objectives, the program provides: (1) balance for those who wish to terminate their studies at the Master’s level and whose primary aim is to teach in a community college; (2) advanced training for teachers who wish to improve their professional skills and status; (3) a variety of courses for students who plan to continue toward the Ph.D. degree at another institution; and (4) continuing education for those who wish to extend their knowledge as an end in itself through an interesting and stimulating series of classes in literature, criticism, language and culture.