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The Department of Modern Languages and Literatures at CSUB prepares students to interact and succeed in an increasingly global world. Cultural understanding and second language skills offer distinct advantages to graduates, particularly at a time when cultural, ethnic, and linguistic diversity in society is rapidly increasing. The department offers B.A. and M.A. degrees in Spanish, minors in Spanish and French, and a California Single Subject Credential in Spanish. A Special Major in French is available to interested students.
Program Goals & Objectives
Goals of the Department of Modern Languages and Literatures are to foster a broader linguistic, literary and cultural understanding of global societies, equip students with skills that are necessary in career fields, and prepare teachers of modern languages with the necessary knowledge and skills for teaching languages and cultures to others. These goals are accomplished by fostering interest in, and understanding of, cultures and peoples, and by developing student proficiency in the fundamental language skills of listening, speaking, reading, and writing in the languages offered.
Requirements for a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Spanish
The Bachelor of Arts degree with a major in Spanish requires a minimum of 33 units of coursework as specified below. In addition, students must achieve satisfactory performance on proficiency tests upon entrance to and exit from the major program, with a minimum grade of C in each course applying to the major program. Course requirements are as follows:
Lower division coursework: 6-8 units
SPAN 2000 and 2010 with accompanying labs, or SPAN 2020 and 2030.
Credit may be awarded for these courses if proficiency/placement testing demonstrates student to be on an advanced level and the student achieves a grade of B or above in the course the student places into. Note: Students with little to no prior experience with Spanish may need to take SPAN 1000 and 1010 in preparation for major coursework, but these courses do not count toward the 33 units required for the degree.
Upper division coursework: 27 units
choice of two literature courses (SPAN 3100, 3110, 3120, 3130, 3140, 3710);
choice of one linguistics course (SPAN 3200, 3210, 3220, 3230, 3720);
choice of one culture course (SPAN 3300, 3310, 3320, 3330, 3340, 3730);
choice of 9 additional units (3 courses) not counted as fulfilling other requirements with at least 3 units at the 4000 level;
SPAN 4908 to be completed in the final semester of program study.
Minor in Spanish
A minimum of 12 units of Spanish coursework are needed for a minor in Spanish, 9 of which must be at the 3000 level or above.
Teaching Credential - Spanish Single Subject Teacher Preparation Program
Students wishing to complete the requirements for the California Single Subject Credential in Spanish should consult with an appropriate Spanish faculty advisor.