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Language and Culture

Undergraduate Bachelor Programs

Spanish/Latin American Studies

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B. A. Spanish Studies

After English, Spanish is the second most widely spoken language in the United States, and it counts an estimated 400 million speakers worldwide. Being proficient in Spanish and its cultures is of growing importance in California, where the number of Spanish-speaking households continues to increase

Command of Spanish at a professional level provides enormous advantages in both public and private sectors of the contemporary job market. 

Language and Culture offers both major and minor degree programs. Each helps students develop proficiency in the four basic language skills: listening, speaking, reading, and writing. Incorporated into the program are the cultures and civilizations of the Spanish-speaking world. The department also offers a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Spanish and Business Administration.

B.A. Spanish and Business Administration

Spanish-speaking populations increasingly are a major component of many urban areas - particularly, but not limited to, cities in the southwestern United States. Public and private sector organizations need personnel with business administration backgrounds to effectively communicate with Spanish-speaking clientele.

To help meet this need, the Language and Culture Department of Mount Saint Mary’s University is pleased to offer the inter-disciplinary Bachelor of Arts in Spanish and Business Administration degree.

B. A. Spanish Studies Major with Chicano Studies Emphasis

This major combines language proficiency with an in-depth education of the history, sociology, and critical theory of the Chicano people.

B. A. Spanish Studies with Translation Emphasis

This major combines language proficiency with additional coursework to train students to translate or interpret cultural, legal, economic, or technical nuances in Spanish.

A. A. Spanish American Studies

A two-year Associate in Arts degree that develops the ability to communicate confidently in Spanish and offers a study of the diverse cultures of Latin America, Spain, and other Spanish-speaking people around the world.

Spanish Studies Minor

This program develops proficiency in listening, speaking, reading, and writing. Incorporated into the program are the cultures and civilizations of the Spanish-speaking world.