Program: B.A., Spanish

Hispanic Linguistics

Program Description

The Spanish major—consisting of three options: I. Literature, II. Language and Culture and III. Hispanic Linguistics—is designed for students who wish to prepare for a career in secondary, college or university teaching, or who intend to pursue other careers where a strong background in Spanish is essential. Students should seek advisement from Spanish faculty advisors concerning the option best suited to their goals.

The Spanish major requires a capstone paper to be written in a 500-level course of the student’s choice.

Students with some knowledge of Spanish wishing to take lower division courses should take the Spanish placement exam before registration. The exam is available on a drop-in basis at certain hours or by appointment in the Barbara Ann Ward Language Center (BAWLC), JR 316.

Students with advanced placement cannot receive credit for courses below the level at which they are enrolled. However, 200-level classes may be waived or replaced by appropriate classes. Please consult an advisor.

Program Requirements

1. Lower Division Required Courses (6 units)

SPAN 220A Intermediate Spanish I (3)
SPAN 220B Intermediate Spanish II (3)

2. Upper Division Required Courses (42 units)

a. Language (6 units)

SPAN 304 Advanced Grammar and Composition (3)
SPAN 306 Advanced Composition (3)

b. Linguistics (18 units)

c. Literature and Culture (12 units)

d. Electives (6 units)

Select two courses from the following:

LING 402 Phonetics and Phonology (3)
LING 403 Introduction to Morphology (3)
LING 404 Syntax (3)
LING 408 Semantics and Pragmatics (3)
LING 417 Language Development and Acquisition (3)
LING 441 Sociolinguistics (3)
SPAN 505 The Art of Translation (3)
SPAN 506 Advanced Written Expression (3)

3. General Education (48 units)

Undergraduate students must complete 48 units of General Education as described in this Catalog.

Total Units in the Major/Option: 48

General Education Units: 48

Additional Units: 24

Total Units Required for the B.A. Degree: 120


Chair: Adrian Perez-Boluda
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(818) 677-3467

Student Learning Outcomes

  1. Prepare students for careers in teaching (secondary, community college, university), among others in legal, medical, administrative and journalistic fields, translation and interpreting, etc., that require advanced-level (ACTFL Guidelines) abilities in both oral and written skills.
  2. Provide students with techniques, strategies, methodologies and skills to carry out independent research that supports career choices.
  3. Establish a solid foundation for lifelong learning, service and participation in the Hispanic, Latino and global communities.
  4. Carry out research and apply critical theories in analysis of Hispanic linguistics, literatures, civilizations and cultures.
  5. Communicate at the advanced level using a variety of rhetorical modes in both oral and written discourse.
  6. Achieve subject matter competency (as stated in the Standards of the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing) to enter a credential or a graduate program in Spanish at any U.S. university.

ADT/STAR Act Degree Road Maps

Students who have graduated with a verified Associate Degree for Transfer and have been admitted to a CSUN program that has been deemed similar will be able to complete the baccalaureate degree within 60 semester units. For additional information, see ADT/STAR Act Degree Road Maps.

Spanish/Hispanic Linguistics Option - AA-T in Global Studies - 2017

Spanish/Hispanic Linguistics Option - AA-T in Social Justice Studies - 2017

Spanish/Hispanic Linguistics Option - AA-T in Spanish - 2017

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