Spanish at Chico State

The Department of Languages and Cultures offers a Bachelor of Arts as well as a Minor in Spanish. We also have a Pre-Credential Spanish BA option. Many students who study Spanish also choose to major or minor in Latin American Studies.

The Spanish program serves a variety of educational goals, including fostering language development and cultural competency in preparation for a wide range of careers; teacher training for the elementary, secondary, and community college levels; and preparation for those who wish to pursue graduate studies. Majoring in a Spanish means studying the language, literature, and culture of Spanish-speaking peoples and regions. In addition, knowledge of another language and culture enhances and deepens understanding of one's own culture and language and contributes toward a greater appreciation of other cultures.

Why Study Spanish?

A degree in Spanish, 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 medicine, social work, law enforcement and legal services, agriculture, business, elementary and secondary teaching, and many other areas. Check out these examples of what our students have done after graduating.

Professional Achievement Honors 2020/21 Dr. Hannah Burdette
Outstanding Teacher Award 2020/21 Dr. Sarah Anderson
Outstanding Faculty Service Award 2021/22 Dr. Hannah Burdette
Study Abroad

CSU, Chico has exchange programs with universities in many Spanish-speaking destinations. Students have the option of studying abroad for a semester, year, or summer in multiple locations in Spain, Mexico, Costa Rica, Chile, Argentina, Ecuador, Uruguay, or Cuba. See the university's study abroad programs for more information.

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