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As a Spanish major at Fresno Pacific University, you’ll be provided with the necessary language and cultural understanding of Spanish-speaking countries around the world. Whether you’re discussing Latin American Literature or participating in a Folklorico dance class, you’ll be completely immersed in the Spanish language and culture. Learn from language experts who have lived and studied in countries ranging from Argentina to Spain, as you gain a valuable asset and career advantage with your Spanish major.


  • Integrate emerging technologies into research and communication in Spanish
  • Small class sizes allow for personalized instruction and mentoring
  • Study abroad opportunities to countries like Costa Rica, Guatemala and Colombia
  • Participate in on-campus Spanish activities and events

Career opportunities

The Spanish language major offers our graduates tools that can be used in almost any profession, here and abroad. The widespread influence of Spanish demands professionals in all fields—marketing, education, community leadership, ministry and more.


For more information, you may contact the program director Graciela Pérez at graciela.perez@fresno.edu or (559) 453-7177.

Transferring to Fresno Pacific

​Associate Degree for Transfer (ADT) Information
Spanish (AA-T) to Spanish, B.A.

BA courses fulfilled through ADT:

  • All lower-division General Education requirements fulfilled
  • BA co-requisites and major courses fulfilled through ADT:
    • SPAN 100 - Elementary Spanish I (4)
    • SPAN 105 - Elementary Spanish II (4)
    • SPAN 200 - Intermediate Spanish (4)
  • This program is offered as daytime traditional

ADT Guarantee is the completion of BA/BS degree in 68 units.

Course listing

In order to obtain a bachelor’s degree from Fresno Pacific University, students must complete at least 120 units. Along with completing all required courses in their selected area of study, general education requirements must be met by all graduates. See the general education summary in the undergraduate academic catalog for more information.

Select programs may not provide enough units for a student to graduate and therefore an emphasis and/or elective courses must be completed alongside the major. Please see below for emphases related to this area of study.

Prerequisites (12 Units)

SPAN 100Elementary Spanish I *4
SPAN 105Elementary Spanish II *4
SPAN 200Intermediate Spanish *4

*or demonstrated proficiency

Required Courses (24 Units)

SPAN 300Advanced Spanish I3
SPAN 304Advanced Spanish II3
SPAN 311Introduction to Literature and Theory3
SPAN 327Spain: Civilization and Culture3
SPAN 328Latin America: Civilization and Culture3
SPAN 440Peninsular Literature3
SPAN 450Senior Seminar3

Choose One

SPAN 445Latin American Literature3
LIT 364Hispanic Literature of the United States3

Electives (9 Units)

HIST 410Modern Latin America: History, Politics And Culture3
ICS 320Introduction to Holistic Mission in Costa Rica *3
LACS 300Introduction to Latin American and Caribbean Studies3
LACS 302Mexican Folklorico Dance3
LACS 304Advanced Mexican Folklorico Dance3
LIT 364Hispanic Literature of the United States3
SOC 338People and Cultures of Costa Rica *3
SOC 481International Internship *3
SPAN 305Composition and Conversation in Spanish3
SPAN 309Hispanic Film3
SPAN 310Hispanic Prose3
SPAN 315Hispanic Poetry3
SPAN 320History of Spanish Language3
SPAN 325Formal Spanish Oral Communication3
SPAN 330Latin American Thought: Readings in Spanish3
SPAN 370Issues in Spanish Language Teaching and Learning3
SPAN 374Education Across Borders: Mexico and the United States3
SPAN 486Topics in Spanish1 - 3
SPAN 496Spanish Internship3

*These courses are taken as part of the Costa Rica Semester Study Abroad program. Students should attend in a fall semester when the coursework is offered entirely in Spanish.

Study Abroad

Students may take 12-15 units abroad. Courses that are equivalents of required courses may meet those requirements, while others may be used for electives. Students must consult with the program director to select specific courses.

Program director

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Graciela Pérez, Ph.D.

Full Professor, Program Director, Spanish