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Spanish at California State University, Fullerton

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Is the Spanish Program Right for You?

As a student in the Department of Modern Languages & Literatures’ Spanish program, you will learn about linguistics, literature, culture, history, business, and society in Spanish-speaking communities in Spain, Spanish America, the United States, and beyond. Our courses not only prepare you to express yourself in spoken and written Spanish in culturally-appropriate ways, but also help you to develop your analytical and critical-thinking skills and to expand your knowledge of the Spanish-speaking world.

Spanish Academic Programs

Our program offers the following academic degrees:

  • Bachelor of Arts in Spanish
  • Master of Arts in Spanish (traditional track and Chicana/Chicano concentration)
  • Minor in Spanish
  • Spanish for Hispanic Media Certificate

We also offer a two-course sequence in Spanish for Health Sciences.

What Can I Do with a Degree in Spanish?

Our graduates have gone on to successful careers in a variety of fields, including business, federal and state government, broadcasting, health care, K-12 and post-secondary education, social work, and translation and interpretation, among others. You will have access to all of the professions open to a person with a Bachelor of Arts in the Humanities, but with the added benefit of being able to do those same jobs both in English and in Spanish. You will receive personalized attention from our dedicated faculty advisors to determine the best path for you.

Learn More about a Degree in Spanish

We encourage you to contact us to learn more about our Spanish offerings. Please visit our website and speak with an advisor regarding any questions you may have.

For more information about our course offerings, faculty, advising, student clubs, and study abroad opportunities, please visit our Spanish program web page.

Contact an Advisor

For general information, please see the Spanish Advisement webpage.

Please call the Department of Modern Languages & Literatures office at (657) 278-3534 to determine your advisor.

Spanish Alumni Feature

José González

News Reporter, Univision

"My degree in Spanish has helped me immensely in my work in the field of Spanish-language media."

Entering CSUF, José already knew that he wanted to be a journalist. The obvious path was to major in Communications, but it was his decision to double major in Spanish that ultimately led him to his current job.

Today José works for Univision Fresno. Prior to his position as a news reporter, he worked on newscasts in Texas and Reno. José credits a lot of his success to his decision to double major in Spanish, stating that "my degree in Spanish has helped me immensely in my work in the field of Spanish-language media. I learned many things that I put into practice every day, when I write my news reports."

Beyond the professional milestones that his degree has helped him to achieve, José says that studying Spanish instilled in him a love for Latin American and Spanish Literature, which has deepened his understanding of his culture and given him the urge to travel.

Hilda Arredondo

Assistant Principal of Pupil Services, Sunny Hills High School

"A degree in Spanish allowed me to pursue my lifelong dream of becoming a teacher and administrator."

As an undeclared freshman, Hilda worked at her local church translating the Sunday bulletin. It was there that she realized that she did not truly know her first language. Consequently, she became interested in learning correct Spanish spelling and grammar.

"My sophomore year at CSUF, I decided to switch my major to Spanish," Hilda recalls. Upon graduating, she continued her education by enrolling in the CSUF credential program. After completing the program, she obtained her first Spanish teaching position at Ramona High School. From there, she moved to La Habra High School.

While teaching at La Habra, Hilda furthered her education yet again, obtaining an MA in Secondary Education and an Administrative Credential. "A degree in Spanish allowed me to pursue my lifelong dream of becoming a teacher and administrator," Hilda says. Today she serves as Assistant Principal of Pupil Services at Sunny Hills High School in Fullerton.

Michelle Trujillo

Weather Anchor, Noticiero Telemundo

“Ser hoy mejor que ayer y mañana mejor que hoy.”

Michelle holds a BA in Journalism and a Minor in Spanish. Her decision to study Spanish-language journalism was based on her desire to strengthen her first language, Spanish, in order to help the Spanish-speaking community.

Michelle can be found nowadays on Telemundo 52 as the Weather Anchor on the morning edition of Noticiero Telemundo. Prior to joining this program, she worked at several Los Angeles stations as an entertainment reporter and co-hosted at Univision Palm Springs. She was also nominated for an Emmy for the series “Una esperanza en Paso Doble.”

Michelle likes to use a phrase that she has adopted as her own personal philosophy – “Ser hoy mejor que ayer y mañana mejor que hoy” – which translates to “Be better today than yesterday, and better tomorrow than today.”

Contact Information

  • (657) 278-3534

About Our College and Campus

The Spanish program is a part of the larger College of Humanities and Social Sciences at CSU, Fullerton. H&SS offers its students more than 20 unique degree programs ideal for students who plan to continue their studies in graduate programs, or who want to work in areas such as education, law, politics, business, psychology, public administration, and more.

To learn more about our college and our campus, visit our Prospective Students and our College of Humanities and Social Sciences pages below.

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