College of Humanities & Fine Arts

BA in Spanish


The Department of International Languages, Literatures, and Cultures 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.

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.


The mission of the Bachelor of Arts in Spanish is to build, support, and enhance a teaching and learning community through instruction, scholarship, service, and community outreach in the area of Spanish language, literatures and cultures.

Goals & Objectives

  • Development of professional and marketable mastery of communicative skills in Spanish;
  • Appropriation of linguistic skills, transferable selectively to a wide range of practical options, including – but not limited to – mass media, higher education, travel/leisure enterprises, the performing arts, teaching, diplomacy, law enforcement, military intelligence, the space program, business/marketing, international banking, politics, the Peace Corps;
  • Acquisition of knowledge of, and sensitivity about, one or more literary and cultural heritages/traditions of Spanish-speaking communities;
  • Internalization of the principle of diversity as one of the cornerstones of personal, national and international relationships, and promotion of its inherent values in the world at large;
  • Achievement of a high degree of information literacy, by accessing national and international sources, and judicious evaluation of the same for form, value and content.

Learning Outcomes

  1. To understand and produce oral communications at an advanced level in the target language, demonstrating the ability to analyze and critically discuss cultural, literary and/or linguistic topics. Students will be able to interact successfully in a variety of practical and academic situations.
  2. To develop advanced proficiency in the written expression of the target language, demonstrating the ability to analyze and critically discuss cultural, literary and/or linguistic topics with fluent and coherent organization, a sophisticated range of vocabulary, complex language constructions, and mastery of mechanics.
  3. To develop advanced proficiency in reading comprehension, in order to be able to analyze and interpret authentic texts from the target language and culture.
  4. To achieve the necessary target cultural literacy in order to analyze and interpret cultural and literary texts and traditions as they emerge from their context; and, by exposing the students to competing narratives, they will develop the foundation for a pluralistic cultural literacy.