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B.A. in Spanish

School of Humanities and Social Sciences


Spanish is one of the world’s most widely spoken languages — second only to Mandarin — and is becoming increasingly prevalent in the United States. Through Biola’s Spanish major, you’ll develop Spanish writing and speaking skills and grow in appreciation for Hispanic cultures, preparing you for successful careers and service in Spanish-speaking contexts.

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  • Generalist in Spanish
    Knowledge of the Spanish language is a broadly applicable skill — one made more valuable by cultural understanding. Students seeking career flexibility over specialization will value the well-rounded approach of the Spanish Generalist concentration, which includes language and linguistics, literature, culture, study abroad opportunities and more.
  • Global Marketplace
    Spanish fluency is an increasingly valuable asset in the world of business. By integrating their Spanish studies with business courses offered through Biola's Crowell School of Business, students develop the skills necessary for working in a multilingual local and global marketplace.
  • Global Missions
    Partnership with Biola's Cook School of Intercultural Studies prepares students to share the gospel to Spanish-speaking countries. This concentration combines Spanish language classes with an emphasis in language and culture to be effective in church planting and global studies.
  • International Relations
    In this concentration, students interested in entering global or local politics or foreign affairs will sharpen their Spanish speaking while expanding their political science understanding. This highly practical combination equips students to serve diplomatically in any of the over twenty countries where Spanish is commonly spoken or in culturally diverse areas in the United States.
  • Ministry
    Partnership with Biola's Talbot School of Theology empowers students to incorporate their Spanish communication skills into cross-cultural ministry, meeting a great need in light of the growing number of Spanish-speaking people within the United States. This concentration enables students to serve both abroad and right at home.
  • Secondary Instruction
    With this unique concentration partnered with the School of Education, students can combine their passion for teaching and Spanish. This concentration will help prepare students to teach in predominantly speaking Spanish schools or to teach Spanish in secondary settings.
  • Urban Missions
    With a large concentration of Spanish-speaking populations in urban areas, the need for urban missionaries is on the rise. With an integration of intercultural studies, Spanish studies and urban missions, students will be equipped in both language and culture to serve urban communities effectively.

Why Choose Spanish at Biola?

In addition to its strong curriculum, expert faculty members and biblical integration, Biola’s Spanish program offers several key advantages:

  • All Spanish majors are strongly encouraged to take a travel practicum or to participate in a study-abroad program, such as Biola in Ecuador or the Latin American Studies Program.
  • Biola’s location in Southern California offers great opportunities to engage with Spanish-speaking communities and to work or intern in Spanish-speaking churches, schools and businesses.
  • Small classes give you an opportunity to form deep relationships with your professors and fellow students.

What Will I Study?

As a Spanish major, you are invited to immerse yourself into the traditions and experiences of Latin culture. Much more than simply learning words, you will converse with peers and fluent Spanish speakers in relevant contextual dialogues and be fully prepared to interact and exist in the communities you learn about. Understanding the nature of the language and a proficiency in conversational and formal usage is the goal for each student. Course learning highlights include:

  • Historical and sociological examination of the role of religion in culture
  • Training to activate strategies to understand longer and complex texts
  • Producing well structured written texts on wide variety of topics
  • Introduction to translation theory and prose documents
  • Experiential discussions and field work specific to global business professions
  • Exploring Hispanic linguistics through field work and practical application
  • Full immersion language experience while living with a host family

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Steven Sjelin

Students will be equipped with the skills to not only speak, read and write Spanish, but will develop a greater understanding of the Hispanic culture and how to fulfill the great commission.

Steven Sjelin
Spanish, B.A.
Julie Marmion

The program helped me become more confident in my Spanish, and prepared me with necessary tools to use Spanish in different contexts.

Spanish Lecturer
Spanish, B.A. '16
Kate Cook

We had professors who were mentors and examples for us as educators and also in their daily lives outside of work. Learning and studying at Biola also helps you learn not to compartmentalize your faith and let Christ lead in everything.

Spanish, B.A. '19
4 years
Standard Duration
This indicates the standard duration of this program. Completion time may vary depending on transferred coursework and preferred courseload.
Total Program Credits
Total program credits include a combination of major/concentration, Bible/theology and general education credits.
Biola University is accredited by the WASC Senior College and University Commission. Additional accreditations may apply to specific programs.

Career Paths

Many career possibilities in fields like education, international affairs, government and ministry await future graduates of Biola's Spanish program. You can expect to impact the world for Jesus Christ in professions such as:

  • International relations consultant
  • Translator
  • Immigration officer
  • Foreign media correspondent
  • Court interpreter
  • FBI agent
  • College professor
  • Secondary elementary Spanish teacher
  • English language support teacher
  • Foreign diplomat

What are Graduates Doing Now?

Biola graduates from the Spanish major are doing everything from teaching Spanish at schools around the country, to pursuing business opportunities with Latino corporations, to providing nursing care to Latino immigrants in the Santa Ana School District.

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