This is an archive of the 2016-2017 University Catalog.
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This is an archive of the 2016-2017 University Catalog.
To access the most recent version, please visit


Mission Statement

The mission of the department is to offer curricula, services and research leading to proficiency in language, literature and culture that will enable individuals to function effectively in the international communities in our geographical area and throughout the world. The department’s programs serve and promote all academic divisions of the University in providing students the language and cultural training necessary to support international and intercultural endeavors.

Academic Advisement

The Modern and Classical Languages and Literatures department helps students select the program and courses that best satisfy their individual needs and interests. Advisement for specific languages is handled by the language section heads as follows:

Vahram Shemmassian
(818) 677-3456

Ahmed Bouguarche
(818) 677-3586

Anthony Costantini
(818) 677-7226

Drake Langford
(818) 677-3460

(818) 677-3467

Single Subject Credential
Brian Castronovo
(818) 677-3467

Adrian Perez-Boluda
(818) 677-2092

The College of Humanities (COH) Student Services Center/EOP reviews students’ progress to ensure that the requirements of a major or minor are fulfilled. Call (818) 677-4784 or (818) 677-4767 to schedule an appointment with the COH Student Services Center/EOP.


In today’s global society, knowledge of other languages and cultures will enable you to expand career opportunities. In March 2014, the Latino population surpassed the number of non-white Hispanics living in the Golden State. By 2050, more than half of California’s population will be of Hispanic, Asian or Pacific Islander descent and a large percentage will speak a language other than English. Jobs in social services, business, communications and the government all need people with intercultural competence given this state’s rich ethnic and racial diversity.

There are many jobs that require proficiency in a second language. These include working in the Foreign Service, serving as a translator and/or interpreter for the government or the private sector, working at international institutions such as the World Bank, United Nations, or UNICEF, teaching foreign languages, literature and cultures in schools or universities in the United States or abroad, working for transnational business corporations and even for the Olympic games.

Students who major or minor in a second language have chosen employment in various fields, including:

  • Social Services: social worker, occupational healthcare, probation officer, criminology and law enforcement, nursing, school counselor, drug abuse counselor, community organization worker, clergyman.
  • Business and Finance: accountant, administration, human resources director, economist, stockbroker, import-export agent, international banking, international lawyers and patent attorneys.
  • Communications: reporter, journalist, foreign news correspondent, publisher, editor, interpreter, tour guide, public relations, film producer or director, translators of books, articles, and reviews, advertising copywriter, book reviewer, columnist/commentator, public relations representative, radio announcer, production manager, technical writer.
  • Science and Technology: engineer, chemist physicist, anthropologist, archaeologist, geologist, biologist, oceanographer, hospital management, studying or practicing medicine in the U.S. or overseas.
  • Education: library science, elementary-, secondary- and college-level teaching in the U.S and abroad, exchange program coordinator, international student advisor, teaching English as a second language, bilingual teacher, linguist.
  • Government: translator, interpreter, law enforcement, military, foreign service, diplomat, immigration officer, customs inspector, Peace Corps worker, CIA/FBI/NSA agent.
  • Travel Industry: hotel and resort staff management, travel agent, airline flight attendant, airport personnel, foreign travel advisor, tour guide.

Clubs and Societies

Credential Information

Students interested in teaching Spanish in the secondary schools should seek advisement as soon as possible. The Spanish program currently offers a Subject Matter Program, which has been approved by the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing and that meets the subject matter competency requirement for a Single Subject Credential. Students wishing to teach Spanish must choose the Language and Culture Option of the major, which is designed to meet the requirements for the Single Subject Teaching Credential. For details on the Single Subject Credential program, see the Credentials and Department of Secondary Education sections in this Catalog.


Credit by Challenge Examination

See individual course descriptions to find out which courses may or may not be challenged. For procedures governing the challenging of language classes, please consult with the department office.


International Studies

The Department of Modern and Classical Languages and Literatures (MCLL) supports the concept of international education and encourages students to investigate opportunities for overseas study. Certain courses taken at CSU International Program Study Centers abroad are equivalent to courses in the Department of Modern and Classical Languages and Literatures and may be used to fulfill some of the requirements for degree options offered by the department and/or certain General Education requirements. Please see the appropriate language advisor in MCLL prior to traveling abroad to determine these equivalencies. Students also should consult the International Programs Bulletin available in the International and Exchange Student Center or the campus International Programs advisor for more information.


Barbara Ann Ward Language Center

The Barbara Ann Ward Language Center, located in Jerome Richfield (JR) 316, serves as a language acquisition and teaching-resource facility, primarily for the faculty and students of MCLL and the College of Humanities. Through multimedia, equipment, group and individual training available at the center, faculty and students are encouraged to use technology to enhance the language-acquisition experience. For more information, contact Director Kenneth Luna at (818) 677-3452.


Chair: Brian J. Castronovo
Sierra Tower (ST) 405
(818) 677-3467

Staff: Leslie Yamashita
Sierra Tower (ST) 405
(818) 677-3467

Staff: Jennifer Lu
Sierra Tower (ST) 408
(818) 677-3467

Barbara Ann Ward Language Center
Director: Kenneth Luna
Jerome Richfield (JR) 316
(818) 677-3452