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Spanish/Latin American Studies

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B. A. Spanish Studies:

Spanish is the second most widely spoken language in the U.S., with an estimated 400 million Spanish speakers worldwide. Being proficient in Spanish and its cultures is of particular importance in California, where the number of Spanish-speaking households continues to increase. 

Proficiency of the language at a professional level provides enormous leverage in both public and private sectors of the job market. 

The department has programs for both majors and minors. These comprehensive programs lead to 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. Businesses operating in these areas need personnel with business administration skills who can communicate with the Spanish-speaking clienteles.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.