2018-2019 Catalog


Spanish Program Learning Outcomes

College of Arts and Humanities

Department of Modern Languages

Bachelor of Arts

Degree Roadmaps

Linguistics Option

Literature Option


Spanish Culture
Spanish Grammar and Writing
Spanish Linguistics
Spanish Literature

Bachelor of Arts in Liberal Studies

Liberal Studies Spanish Option

(for major requirements, refer to the Liberal Studies section in this catalog)

Bilingual Authorization Certificate


Subject Matter Preparation Program



Ivonne Heinze-Balcazar, Department Chair

Miguel Domínguez, Michael Galant, Benito Gómez, Raúl Romero

Modern Languages Department Office: LCH C-308, (310) 243-3315

Emeriti Faculty

Richard Beym, José S. Cuervo, Frances Lauerhass, Porfirio Sánchez, Luz Watts

Program Description

The Major in Spanish provide students with a solid foundation in the Spanish language. Indeed, as the number of Spanish-speaking residents in the United States continues to grow, so too do the career opportunities available to Spanish majors.

The Spanish major provides students with two options: Linguistics or Literature. Both options prepare students who intend to continue their studies in graduate school either in the academic fields of Spanish Linguistics, Romance Linguistics, Spanish Literature and Latin American literature. These options are designed also for students who plan to teach Spanish in high schools.

The Department of Modern Languages also offers a Minor in Spanish. This minor complements and enhances all majors. It is particularly useful to students majoring in business, in the public service fields, in French, or in any other field where knowledge of another language is desirable.


At present, the most urgent need for majors in Spanish is in the area of public school teaching, at both the elementary and secondary levels. There is an acute shortage of bilingual teachers in the Greater Los Angeles area. For students who plan to teach at the elementary level and who are majoring in Liberal Studies, the Spanish program offers a Spanish option and a Bilingual Authorization certificate. The Spanish option in Liberal Studies provides in-depth study of Spanish. This option is particularly helpful for those potential elementary teachers who intend to seek bilingual certification. The Bilingual Authorization is an additional certificate that students of the Multiple and Single Subject Credential Programs can add to their teaching credential. This Bilingual Authorization certificate permits candidates to teach in a K-12 bilingual setting. The Subject Matter Preparation Program in Spanish (also known as the Single Subject Waiver Program in Spanish) is designed for students who plan to teach the Spanish language at the secondary school level.

Academic Advisement

The Department of Modern Languages is eager to provide all its students with the advisement they will need to continue their studies in a modern language. Students may choose an advisor of their choice from the full-time faculty in Spanish or, if preferred, come to the department office and be assigned an advisor. An advisor can be helpful in choosing the Spanish course best suited to the background and needs of each student.

Students must see an advisor upon admission, upon completion of 60 semester units, and during the first semester of the senior year.


High school students who plan to major or minor in Spanish are encouraged to take at least two years of Spanish in high school. Students who have taken AP Spanish, French or Japanese may receive credit for some lower division courses.

Community college transfer students planning to take upper division Spanish courses at CSU Dominguez Hills should have completed four semesters of college level Spanish successfully, although they would have to take SPA 280 first.  Those who have taken fewer than four semesters of Spanish in a community college will be placed at an appropriate level by means of advisement.

Student Organizations

Sigma Delta Pi: Membership in our Nu Psi Chapter of Sigma Delta Pi, the Spanish National Honorary Society, is open to students who have completed at least 18 upper division semester units in Spanish including at least one upper division course in literature or culture, and who have a 3.0 grade point average in all classes, including a 3.0 grade point average in all Spanish courses. Sigma Delta Pi seeks to honor those who seek and attain excellence in the study of Spanish language, literature and culture; to honor those who strive to make Hispanic contributions to modern culture better known in the world in general; to encourage college students to acquire a greater interest in and deeper understanding of Hispanic culture; and to foster friendly relations and mutual respect between Spanish speaking nations and other peoples of the world. Students interested in applying for membership should consult the chair of the Department of Modern Languages.

Graduation With Honors

An undergraduate student may graduate with Honors in Spanishprovided that the following criteria are met:

  1. A minimum of 36 units in residence at CSU Dominguez Hills;
  2. A minimum grade point average of at least 3.5 in all courses used to satisfy the upper division requirements in the major;
  3. Recommendation by the faculty of the Modern Languages Department.