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Hispanic Studies Major and Minor

The Seaver College Hispanic studies (Spanish) program equips students with the language, skills, and knowledge to comprehend, speak, read, and write Spanish competently in real-life situations.

Hispanic Studies Degree

Our Hispanic studies (Spanish) major prepares students to discuss the literature, linguistic varieties, culture, history and geography of Spain and Latin America at a sophisticated level. Our ultimate goal is to foster awareness not just of another language and its culture, but also of the value of human diversity and each student's capacity to serve in light of this awareness.


Hispanic Studies Minor

With Spanish as the second most widely-spoken world language after Mandarin, advanced knowledge of Spanish is a valued component of a 21st century skill set in any field. Our minors in Hispanic Studies complete upper-division courses in Spanish that will complement their professional goals. Students majoring in other areas but interested in Hispanic Studies may receive a minor in Hispanic Studies by taking 20 units in the language.

For questions about our Hispanic Studies program, please contact Dr. April Marshall, professor of Hispanic Studies.

What Hispanic Studies Grads Are Doing

Data collected from the 2022 class within six months of graduation.



Employed Full-Time or Part-Time


Admitted to Graduate School


Total Settled Graduates

Why Pepperdine

Pepperdine Seaver College is consistently recognized among the top-ranked universities in California and the United States. We are a Christian university where students grow in knowledge and character. As a liberal arts institution, we focus on providing rich opportunities for intellectual and spiritual exploration for students with a diverse community.



Located in Malibu, CA


13:1 Student-to-Faculty Ratio


80% of Students Participate in an International Program


120,000 + Alumni Network

Student Opportunities


Secondary Teaching Credential

Our teacher education program is an integrated program in which students receive their subject matter preparation and professional preparation simultaneously. It provides the coursework and fieldwork experiences necessary to qualify teacher candidates for a SB2042 preliminary multiple subject teaching credential or a single subject teaching credential.

Recommended International Study

The International Studies and Language Division strongly encourages students to study abroad through the Pepperdine University's International Programs. These programs are an excellent way to gain overseas experience and make rapid progress in fulfilling the language requirement for the major.

Internship Opportunities

We encourage students to gain practical experience in some area of international studies through an internship. The Pepperdine Career Center offers local internship opportunities, and International Programs' Washington, D.C. Program also offers study and internship opportunities in the nation's capital. In addition to the federal government, a number of international organizations are based, or have major branches, in the city.


Sigma Delta Pi

Sigma Delta Pi is a national collegiate Hispanic honor society designed to honor those who attain excellence in the study of the Spanish language.

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International Studies & Languages Division
Pepperdine University
24255 Pacific Coast Highway
Malibu, CA 90263
Office: PLC 101


George Carlsen
Divisional Dean

Helen Tangalos Livanos
Office Manager

Erica Reisser
Administrative Assistant