Spanish Major

32 units

Spanish is one of the most widely spoken languages in the world, and Los Angeles is one of the world’s largest Spanish-speaking cities. There is a growing need for people with linguistic and cultural skills to work in increasingly globalized communities. Indeed, a recent study stated that bilingual speakers earn 10-15 percent more than those who speak only English. The Spanish program is designed to fill this need. It works well as a double-major, with low unit requirements and high compatibility with many career paths. It equips business professionals, healthcare professionals, community workers, journalists—anyone interested in other cultures—to thrive in the diversity of our planet. 

The Spanish major at Azusa Pacific University offers opportunities to serve in local Spanish-speaking communities through internships and hands-on coursework, or to go abroad through international programs in Costa Rica, Ecuador, and Spain. All courses offered in the department are within the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences and are designed to contribute to a Christian liberal arts education.

Mission Statement

The Spanish program guides student development in Spanish conversation, develops reading and compositional skills, introduces major Spanish-language literary works, heightens cultural sensitivity, and encourages creative and reflective thinking with respect to the history and civilization of Hispanic countries, all to better serve God through service to others.

Program Learning Outcomes

Students who complete the Spanish major will be skilled the following areas:

PLO 1: Language: Students will have strong abilities in the four language skills (reading, writing, speaking, listening), attaining at least the ACTFL Advanced-Low level.

PLO 2: Knowledge: Students will be able to distinguish and describe the countries of the Spanish-speaking world, and describe their history and cultural achievements.

PLO 3: Literature: Students will be able to critically analyze literary texts and construct thoughtful, textually supported interpretations.

PLO 4: Intercultural Competence: Students will be able to interact with people of Spanish-speaking communities with understanding and cultural sensitivity.

Such preparation means that APU students are prepared to enter advanced studies in Spanish and interact with Spanish speakers of varying educational levels, from children to adult professionals.

Off-campus Study

As part of the Spanish language learning experience, Spanish majors and minors are strongly encouraged to study away for one term. The Department of Modern Languages offers study away programs in Costa Rica and Ecuador. Students may choose to participate in these or other available programs. In all cases, students must consult with a department advisor for their classes prior to enrollment and departure. Credit earned through these programs applies to the degree.

Career Opportunities

In addition to teaching, myriad other public contact fields may require some proficiency in Spanish. Foreign student advisors, pastors/ministers, immigration inspectors, translators/interpreters, import/export managers, diplomats, speech pathologists, customs inspectors, social/medical services, law enforcement, international finance and banking, and the rapidly expanding world of international business—these fields and many others increasingly seek candidates who possess Spanish language ability and cultural sensitivity as adjunct career skills. For students who have studied foreign languages in high school and still perform at beginner levels, a Spanish major or minor enables them to acquire the language and culture skills appropriate to a variety of public service applications.


Spanish majors are strongly encouraged to complete one study term abroad and to complete SPAN 201/SPAN 202 or its equivalent prior to departure.

Majors and minors in the Department of Modern Languages must maintain a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.0 in all university coursework.

Core Courses23
(23 units beyond SPAN 101, SPAN 102, or equivalent) 1
Intermediate Spanish I
Intermediate Spanish II
Literary Masters 2
Writing 3: Survey of the Literature of the Spanish-speaking World 3
Spanish Capstone Seminar 4
Writing 2: Writing for the Humanities in Spanish
History and Civilization of the Spanish-speaking World
Conversational Skills3
Select one from the following:
Intermediate Conversation and Writing Abroad (abroad in a Spanish-speaking country)
Spanish Conversation and Community 5
Spanish for Heritage Speakers
Advanced Language-Study Practicum (abroad in a Spanish-speaking country)
Select two from the following list. A course taken to meet the above courses may not also count for elective credit.
Spanish Courses
Cultural History/Travel Study (If taken in Costa Rica or Ecuador Program) 5
Advanced Language-Study Practicum (abroad in a Spanish-speaking country)
Politics and Society in Latin America 6
Public Speaking in Spanish 7
Spanish Applied Linguistics
Spanish Language Pedagogy
Special Topics in Spanish (may be repeated for credit)
Global Learning Term coursework (completed anywhere in the Spanish-speaking world)
Family Organization
Global Internship
Community Life
Writing 3: Global Study Project 3
Total Units32