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Spanish is widely spoken here in California and throughout the United States.  The Spanish academic program is dedicated to promoting culturally and linguistically competent citizens in our multicultural and multilingual society. It is the largest program in the languages department instructing more than 700 students each academic semester. About 100 students choose Spanish as their major or minor for their undergraduate degree. The professors in the Spanish academic program are dedicated to the communicative approach to language teaching and emphasize student participation in a class size that is limited from 19-23 students for a more personalized education. 

Pictured above (left to right): Professors Hodge, Valenzuela, and Loustau

Degrees Offered

  • B.A. in Spanish: 33 total credits, 30 of which must be upper-division. 
  • Minor in Spanish: 21 credits, 18 of which must be upper-division.

Spanish Majors at Spanish Play In LA

Pictured: Students in front of the Frida Kahlo Theater in Los Angeles waiting to see a play in Spanish.

We recognize that each student has a unique background with their experiences in Spanish. Some were born in different countries or have lived abroad for years; some have studied many years in High School and scored high on Spanish AP Exams; others use Spanish on a daily basis at home or at work. Given the special circumstances that revolve around each individual, the Spanish Major and Minor may show flexibility when taking upper-division courses simultaneously, especially Spanish 343 and 326. For a personal consultation regarding the Spanish Major/Minor please contact the deaprtment.

  • Global Studies
  • International Internships
  • Global StudiesStudying abroad offers a unique opportunity for immersion in other cultures and countries. Chapman Study Abroad coordinates study programs lasting from one semester to an academic year in length to a variety of destinations in Central America, South America and Spain. While abroad students enroll in a full course of study in various academic fields, they can receive Chapman credit and pay their regular Chapman tuition.

    Language majors and minors can take advantage of a rich array of study abroad opportunities in Spanish speaking countries. Semester programs are offered in Argentina, Spain, Costa Rica, and many other places. Students may also take advantage of the faculty-lead interterm program in Buenos Aires, Argentina or the summer program in Barcelona, Spain.

    Pictured above: Sienna Duran-Kneip ‘19 majored in Spanish and Economics in preparation for studying International Law: “During the summer between my junior and senior year, I had the opportunity to intern at a law firm in Madrid in which I got to sit in on civil litigation, insurance fraud and bankruptcy trials to see, first-hand, how the legal system works in Spain as compared to the legal system here in the U.S.”

  • International Internships and ResearchSpanish Majors and Minors are provided with unique opportunities to carry out individual projects in a variety of Spanish-speaking countries. Through the Center for Global Education, students may choose to do an internship in Spain or Chile in an area of their interest. This option is ideal for students with a minor or double major in Spanish since they may use their Spanish in an authentic arena which will benefit the career skills they are seeking. Students have found exciting internships in the public schools abroad, working in medical clinics, language schools and for the film industry. Prof. Hodge is the professor of note responsible for guiding the students in their academic pursuits in the internship.

    A special program for doing research in Peru has been designed by Prof. Valenzuela. Many Spanish majors and minors have traveled to remote areas in the Amazon to assist in a program for the preservation of indigenous languages.

    Pictured above: Kyle Whatnall ‘19 majored in Spanish and Strategic/ Corporate Communication in preparation for a career in the Entertainment or Sports industries: “My current internship for a Sports Public relations firm in Los Angeles grants me exciting opportunities to showcase my fluency in Spanish when pitching sporting event coverage to media outlets, particularly for boxing, soccer, and baseball events. My knowledge of Spanish has helped me to stand out in a competitive professional world.”


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About Us


We are a group of committed professors dedicated to assisting individual students in growing both personally and professionally. We will look forward to sharing with you our special and unique connection with the Spanish language and life-long study of its culture. 

Department of Languages
127 DeMille Hall, Chapman University, Orange, CA 92866
(714) 997-6843