Spanish Program

Program Coordinator: Ana Luengo Palomino,
Undergraduate Adviser (A-H): Gustavo Calderón,
Undergraduate Adviser (I-P): Michael Hammer,
Undergraduate Adviser (Q-Z): Ana Luengo Palomino,
Graduate Adviser: Michael Hammer,

The Spanish Program at San Francisco State offers students a unique opportunity to immerse themselves in the language, literature, and culture of Spain and Latin America in one of the most culturally diverse cities in the world. The program offers a Bachelor of Arts, a minor, and a Master of Arts in Spanish, in addition to beginning and intermediate courses in language.
Study of another language and culture can broaden your world and improve your critical thinking skills. Becoming conversant in Spanish also has a great practical benefit. More than 400 million people speak Spanish as their native language, making it the fourth most widely spoken language in the world. It is also the second most widely spoken language in the United States, which is home to more Spanish speakers than any other country except Mexico. Studying Spanish opens doors to those communities and can lead to many exciting career possibilities.
Please click on the links below to explore our program. For more detailed information you can make an appointment with an advisor.


Visit the current University Bulletin for complete course descriptions and class schedule.

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B.A. in Spanish

The Spanish major consists of 30 units of upper division coursework. Up to 16 units of prerequisite coursework or demonstrated language proficiency is required to begin the major. All upper division courses are conducted in Spanish, and students are expected to use Spanish in their speaking, reading, and writing.

Spanish BA+MA Program

The SF State Scholar Program in Spanish is designed for motivated undergraduate Spanish majors who wish to complete both their Bachelor's and Master's degrees within a five year timeframe. Those accepted into the program enroll in graduate-level classes starting in their senior year, thereby shortening time to graduate degree completion. 

Minor in Spanish

The Spanish minor consists of up to 14 units of lower-division and from 9 to 15 units of upper-division coursework. Students must complete the lower-division sequence -- or the equivalent -- prior to beginning upper-division coursework. The program may waive some or all lower-division requirements if the student demonstrates appropriate competency through advising, by taking the Spanish placement test, or by having taken the equivalent coursework elsewhere. 

M.A. in Spanish (Information for Applicants)

The Master of Arts in Spanish at San Francisco State University offers students a challenging and enriching experience in the study of Spanish and Latin American literature and culture in one of the most fascinating cities of the world.  You will study literature and culture from the Middle Ages to the present and receive training in academic writing, and in literary research methodologies and cultural theory.

M.A. in Spanish (Graduate Study Checklist)

See below for a checklist for completing graduate studies in Spanish, together with procedures for completing the Culminating Experience and instructions for submitting an Application for Graduation.

Career Opportunities (Spanish)

  • International organizations
  • Government agencies
  • Bilingual/multilingual work
  • Interpreter
  • Translator
  • Teacher

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