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In today’s job market, fluency in Spanish is a career advantage and a valuable asset to any organization. The Spanish program at Fresno Pacific University provides you with the necessary language and cultural understanding of Spanish-speaking countries around the world. In today’s globalized environment, there is a need to reach our neighbors in Latin America, as well as the increasing Spanish-speaking population in the U.S.


  • Communicate orally in Spanish at an advanced level.
  • Write in Spanish at an advanced level.
  • Analyze a problem and synthesize a solution through appropriate research in Spanish.
  • Integrate emerging technologies into research and communication in Spanish.
  • Engage in critical thinking about topics related to Spanish language and culture.
  • Describe the unique characteristics of Spanish-speaking cultures around the world.

Career opportunities

The Spanish language and culture 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 Gina Ponce de Leon at gina.poncedeleon@fresno.edu or 559-453-7183.

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)

Select from these courses or replace with approved courses taken abroad or at other institutions

LIT 364Hispanic Literature of the United States3
LAIS 300Mexican Folklorico Dance3
 Latin American and Iberian Studies 
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 U.S.3
SPAN 486Topics in Spanish 
SPAN 496Spanish Internship3
HIST 410Modern Latin America: History, Politics And Culture3

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

Gina Ponce de Leon
Gina Ponce de León, Ph.D.

Associate Professor of Spanish