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Hispanic Studies Major and Minor

Program Overview

School: Seaver College
Location: Malibu

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.

For questions about our Hispanic Studies program, please contact Dr. Lila Carlsen, associate professor of Hispanic Studies.

Quick Facts

  • 100%Of Hispanic Majors Study Abroad
  • 14:1Student:Faculty Ratio
  • MalibuCampus Location

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.
Learn more about our credential programs for our language majors

Recommended International Study

The International Studies and Language Division strongly encourages students to study abroad through 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.

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Contact Us

International Studies & Languages Division
Pepperdine University
24255 Pacific Coast Highway
Malibu, CA 90263

P: 310.506.7446

Office: PLC 101

George Carlsen
Divisional Dean

Helen Tangalos Livanos
Office Manager

Lawrence Levy
Administrative Assistant