Spanish Studies


The interdisciplinary major in Spanish Studies introduces students to the study of the cultural dynamics and expressive cultures produced by peoples of Hispanic origin residing in the United States, Latin America, and Spain throughout history and into the present day.

Through a qualitative, Humanities-based preparation, the major offers students the linguistic competence and cultural literacy required to understand the perspectives and productions of Spanish-speaking communities. The major will give students a broad understanding of the historical and cultural developments of the countries in which Spanish enjoys status as a national language, as well as those regions in which Spanish is in contact with other minority and/or majority languages.

Degrees Offered

  • B.A.

Study and Research Opportunities

  • Concentrations/tracks offered in Languages and Linguistics, and Literature and Culture
  • Opportunities for study abroad in Argentina, Chile, Costa Rica, Mexico, and Spain through the UC Education Abroad Program

Information for First-Year Students (Freshmen)

In addition to completing the courses required for admission to the University of California, high school students who plan to major in Spanish Studies at UC Santa Cruz should try to acquire as much proficiency in Spanish as possible before coming to UC Santa Cruz.

Information for Transfers

Transfer students planning to major in Spanish Studies should complete two years of intensive language study before coming to UCSC. In addition, they will find it helpful to have completed courses that satisfy campus general education requirements.

Transfer course agreements and articulation between the University of California and California community colleges can be accessed on the ASSIST.ORG website.


  • Bilingual-multicultural education
  • Business
  • Community organizing
  • Environmental science
  • Global economics
  • Government and community service
  • Health care
  • Higher education
  • International relations
  • Journalism and the media
  • Law
  • Legal services
  • Library science
  • Literature
  • Music
  • Politics
  • Public health
  • Public policy
  • Publishing
  • Research
  • Social work
  • Teaching
  • Translating
  • Travel industry

These are only samples of the field's many possibilities.


Spanish studies encourages students to take advantage of the UC Education Abroad Program (EAP). Some programs do not require prior language study while others have language prerequisites. Many of these programs provide students with the language skills needed to participate in regular university courses taught in the language of the host country. EAP opportunities in Spanish include Argentina, Chile, Mexico, Spain, and Costa Rica.

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Department of Languages and Applied Linguistics
218 Cowell College
University of California, Santa Cruz
1156 High Street
Santa Cruz, California 95064
(831) 459-2054