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You want to master the world’s fastest-growing and second-most widely used language, study a rich and influential global culture, and open the doors to a variety of careers both locally and globally.  As a student in California State University Channel Islands’ (CI) Spanish Program, you’ll have the opportunity to develop your Spanish-language skills while deepening your knowledge and appreciation of Hispanic people and cultures with a dedicated and diverse faculty focused on your success.  

We offer:

Major

Minor

Certificate

Your program

By studying Spanish at CI, you’ll be well-prepared to thrive in an increasingly pluralistic and globally oriented society, as well as a competitive career world.  Spanish is the world’s second-most-spoken native language and the first language of approximately 400 million people in 21 countries.

As a Spanish major, you’ll achieve intermediate-high to advanced language proficiency in speaking, listening, reading and writing; learn about the history and culture of the Spanish-speaking world; and have ample opportunities to hone your skills by studying abroad and working with community partners.

Students in our Spanish programs can pursue a minor in another discipline or even a second major – further enhancing their knowledge and marketable skills. You can choose course work that focuses on language, culture, linguistics, literature, Spanish for careers, translation, and art or history.

Your future

Being bilingual is a tremendous asset that can open doors to numerous occupations and careers, such as advertising, agriculture, business, government, health services, interpreting, journalism, law, public relations, social services, teaching, translation, and the travel industry.  These fields, and many others, increasingly seek candidates who possess Spanish language ability and cultural sensitivity.

Top careers include:

  • Bilingual educator
  • College professor
  • Court interpreter
  • Cultural events coordinator
  • Federal agent/law enforcement officer
  • Foreign correspondent
  • Foreign diplomat
  • Journalist
  • Social worker
  • Translator/interpreter/guide

Your future income

Visit the Bureau of Labor Statistics to learn more about the outlook for your future career.