Spanish is the fourth most widely spoken language in the world and the second most frequently used language in the Southwest United States. Because of San Diego's proximity to Mexico and other Spanish-speaking countries, many students at SDSU are interested in learning Spanish. Their reasons range from practical application in jobs, teaching, travel, reading or recreation to a curiosity about the culture or literature of Spanish-speaking countries. SDSU's Department of Spanish and Portuguese offers a wide range of courses and programs designed to satisfy the varied needs of students who enter the Spanish major.

Program Overview

Preparation for both the Bachelor of Arts and teaching majors in Spanish requires the completion of six courses in elementary, intermediate, and conversational Spanish. Upper-division work for the Bachelor of Arts degree in Spanish requires course work in advanced oral and written composition, literature, linguistics, and civilization. Upper-division work for the single subject teaching credential requires a course on the Methods in Teaching Spanish as a Second Language.

Special Features

Special features of the Spanish major include:

  • The Language Acquisition and Resource Center at SDSU has a state-of-the-art facility, where students may practice their speaking and listening skills by using interactive video, participating in computer-assisted instruction, viewing videotapes of Spanish television programs, listening to Spanish recordings, or other means.
  • Location. Students of Spanish take advantage of SDSU's location near the Mexican border. Students can readily experience the language and culture of Spanish-speaking Mexico.
  • Sigma Delta Pi - the National Hispanic Honorary Society, which is open to students with a grade point average of 3.0 or higher.
  • Study abroad - makes it possible for students to practice the language in either Mexico or Spain.

Career Opportunities

A major in Spanish for the single subject teaching credential, followed by a one-year program in Secondary Education, can lead to a career in secondary teaching.

The federal government employs those with Spanish speaking ability in both civil service and diplomatic areas.

In addition, many fields that involve contact with the public require knowledge of Spanish. These types of public contact fields include law enforcement, medicine, banking, business, tourism, government, library positions, science, foreign affairs, public relations, advertising, secretarial work, missionary assignments, and social services.

To further explore career options in this field, visit the Career Services Web site for more information.

General Catalog

You can view more complete information regarding the Spanish program in the General Catalog. All students are responsible for reading and knowing the information pertinent to their areas of study available in the General Catalog. It contains requirements for all academic majors, course descriptions, policies, and regulations governing progress at the university. Catalogs are distributed at all New Student Orientation programs. To order a General Catalog, call (619) 594-7535.