B.A. in Spanish

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The Department of Foreign Languages and Literatures serves a variety of educational goals, including study of the humanities through a foreign language; teacher training for the elementary, secondary, and community college levels; language training for use in other professional areas; and preparation for those who wish to pursue graduate studies. Majoring in a foreign language means studying the language, literature, and culture of the country concerned. In addition, knowledge of a foreign language enhances and deepens people's understanding of their own culture and language and contributes toward a greater appreciation of other cultures.

The Spanish program offers a new Honors in the Major program. A new, state-of-the-art, multimedia Computer Laboratory was installed in 1998. The uses and applications of this new technology are limitless and they will greatly enhance the department's capability to fulfill its mission in teaching and learning.

CSU, Chico has an exchange programs with universities in Mexico and Costa Rica among others. Students also have the option of studying abroad for a semester, year, or summer in Spain, Chile, and many other countries. See the university's study abroad adviser for more information.

A degree in a foreign language, especially in conjunction with a second major, increases employment prospects with such employers as the government, multinational corporations, airlines, shipping companies, wineries, travel agencies, hospitals, education, technology, and music.In California and many other states, Spanish is a very useful adjunct to your education in the fields of social welfare, medicine, elementary and secondary teaching, and other areas of public service.