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Spanish, B.A.

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La Mirada, CA, United States
The Spanish program at Biola University is about one of the world’s most widely spoken languages — second only to Mandarin — and is becoming increasingly prevalent in the United States. Through Biola’s Spanish major, you’ll develop Spanish writing and speaking skills and grow in appreciation for Hispanic cultures, preparing you for successful careers and service in Spanish-speaking contexts.
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The Spanish program at Biola University offers several key advantages:

  • All Spanish majors are strongly encouraged to take a travel practicum or to participate in a study-abroad program, such as Biola in Ecuador or the Latin American Studies Program.
  • Biola’s location in Southern California offers great opportunities to engage with Spanish-speaking communities and to work or intern in Spanish-speaking churches, schools and businesses.
  • Small classes give you an opportunity to form deep relationships with your professors and fellow students.

What Will I Study?

As a Spanish major, you are invited to immerse yourself into the traditions and experiences of Latin culture. Much more than simply learning words, you will converse with peers and fluent Spanish speakers in relevant contextual dialogues and be fully prepared to interact and exist in the communities you learn about. Understanding the nature of the language and a proficiency in conversational and formal usage is the goal for each student. 

Course learning highlights include:

  • Historical and sociological examination of the role of religion in culture
  • Training to activate strategies to understand longer and complex texts
  • Producing well structured written texts on wide variety of topics
  • Introduction to translation theory and prose documents
  • Experiential discussions and field work specific to global business professions
  • Exploring Hispanic linguistics through field work and practical application
  • Full immersion language experience while living with a host family

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Advanced Spanish for Heritage Learners 
  • Community Spanish
  • Spanish Study Tour
  • Introduction to Literary Masterpieces
  • Foundations of Hispanic Literary Study: Genre
  • Hispanic Civilization and Culture

English Language Requirements

  • Minimum required score:


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Academic Requirements

You need the following GPA score:

Required score: 3

Applicants for graduate programs must have the equivalent of a bachelor’s degree with a minimum GPA equivalent to 3 on a US 4.0 grading scale. Admitted applicants typically have an undergraduate GPA of or better on a 4.0 scale. No exam grade should be lower than 4.5 (European grade scale) or D (American grade scale).

Your GPA (Grade Point Average) is calculated using the grades that you received in each course, and is determined by the points assigned to each grade (e.g. for the US grading scale from A-F).

General Requirements

  • Complete and submit your official application for admission
  • Submit a non-refundable $45 application fee
  • Complete the required essay
  • Submit an official transcript
  • Submit your scores from the SAT or ACT 
  • The student must be an evangelical believer in the Christian faith (the applicant's statement of faith will be articulated in the personal essay section of the application).

Tuition Fee

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    43512 USD/year
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    43512 USD/year
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    43512 USD/year
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Living costs for La Mirada

  • 1100 - 1600 USD/month
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