Program at a Glance

  • Program Credits

    130 credits
    • General Education: 44
    • Bible/Theology: 30
    • Major/Concentration: 39
    • Support/Electives: 17
  • Standard Completion Time

    4 years
  • Accreditation



  • Generalist in Spanish
  • The generalist in Spanish offers students broad training in Spanish language, literature and culture, as well as the opportunity to take specified electives in Latin American history, world literature, applied linguistics and intercultural studies.

  • Professional Spanish
  • The professional Spanish concentration is intended for students desiring to obtain high-level Spanish language skills in particular professional domains that will prepare them concretely for workplace bilingualism, and who desire theoretical and vocational training in translation and interpretation.

  • Secondary Instruction
  • The secondary instruction concentration is designed for students whose goal is to teach Spanish at the high school level. A concentration in secondary instruction offers Spanish coursework that, in conjunction with a teacher preparation program, leads to a preliminary Single Subject Teaching Credential in Spanish.

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.

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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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 interpretor
  • 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.

Steven Sjelin
Spanish, B.A. '18

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.”

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