The Spanish program offers a variety of courses that are degree-applicable, help fulfill general education requirements, and lead up to a Spanish transfer degree. For some 4-year degree requirements, two semesters of study in the same World Language are required. Through the teaching of language and culture, the program strives to produce students who can become successful world citizens and will be prepared to face a multicultural society.


  • Sara Aguirre
  • B. Franchesca Amezola


  • SPAN-1: Beginning Spanish
  • SPAN-2: High-Beginning Spanish
  • SPAN-3: Low-Intermediate Spanish
  • SPAN-4: High-Intermediate Spanish
  • SPAN-3NS: Spanish for Spanish Speakers
  • SPAN-4NS: Spanish for Spanish Speakers (This intermediate sequence of courses (3NS and 4NS) is for native speakers) Demonstration of oral skill is required for admission to the class.
  • SPAN-5 The Short Story: Mexico, Spain, and the U.S.


Please see: Spanish Language Advising Guide for reference.

Facts About the Spanish Language: ††

  • There are 328,518,810 Spanish speakers worldwide, putting it second only to Chinese for total number of native speakers.
  • In the US, it is used by some 35 million people or around 10% of the US population. This makes the US home to the fourth largest Spanish-speaking population in the world.
  • Spanish is the fourth most widely geographically used language in the world, spanning 44 countries.
  • It is the official language of 21 countries.
  • It serves as the most commonly taught foreign language in the United States.
  • 68.8% of high school students and 52.2% of post-secondary students with world language programs choose to study Spanish.
  • It serves as an official language of the United Nations, the European Union, the World Trade Organization, and the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement.
  • It is the third most commonly used language on the Internet (after English and Chinese).
  • Hispanic citizens make up 15.4% of the US population and the second largest ethnic group.
  • There are more than 5,000 elected US officials who are of Latino/Hispanic origin.
†† 2018 The American Association of Teachers of Spanish and Portuguese