Spanish, minor

Program Overview

Do you love the beauty of the Spanish language and appreciate the challenge of becoming fluent in it? If you desire to speak, read, write, and comprehend Spanish, this major might just be for you. Multiple language fluency prepares students to participate effectively in a multilingual global society.

In California and the southwestern United States, millions of people speak Spanish as a first language in their homes. A minor in Spanish is offered to those who wish to complement study in another discipline. Coursework can only approximate a bilingual setting and does not necessarily guarantee appropriate language proficiency. Therefore, students are encouraged to immerse themselves in the target language and complete more than the minimum number of language classes.

¡Los invitamos a explorar el programa de español!

Jacqueline Mitchell, C.Phil., Head of Foreign Languages

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Student Support

For most students, the transition into college life is one full of adjustments. There is the excitement of newfound freedoms, but also some uncertainty as you begin to make choices and take responsibility for your own future. 

At PLNU, we’re committed to supporting you — academically, professionally, spiritually, personally — so that you may be successful both in your time as a student and beyond. That’s why we offer a holistic support system that focuses on your unique experiences, particular needs, and personal and professional goals — resulting from our deep concern for you, our student.

With a focus on authentic relationships and personalized attention, our goal is to help transform you so you can follow your calling in your own career and life.

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Scott Bennett in Chicano Park

Scott Bennett, Ph.D.

Dr. Scott Bennett’s students know what it’s like to be challenged, to be pushed beyond their comfort zones. Whether they are encouraged to visit a less-traveled country like Colombia, or asked to stretch themselves creatively by crafting a poem, Bennett’s Spanish major and minor students have felt his push to connect them with Latin American culture in a transformative way. Read more

Career Opportunities

The study of Spanish and other foreign languages promotes the understanding of diverse ways of life and allows students to meaningfully impact society by building relationships across languages and cultures as globally engaged servants and scholars.

A minor in Spanish can play a supporting role in careers such as:

  • Language Teaching
  • Language Interpretation
  • Translation
  • Law Enforcement
  • Social Work
  • Immigration
  • Health
  • U.N.
  • Peace Corps
  • Law
  • Subtitling/Voiceover
  • Ministry
  • Nonprofit Work
  • Foreign Affairs

Student Profile

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Marie (Powell) LoPrell

Marie (Powell) LoPrell (10, M.A. 11), also known as Señora LoPrell to her budding Spanish speakers, teaches Spanish at Steele Canyon High School. She started her teaching career at Guajome Park Academy and has been teaching for five years now. Prior to teaching high school, she taught fourth grade for a year in Honduras.

Marie graduated with her B.A. in Spanish and a minor in psychology in 2010, and received her teaching credential and M.A. in Teaching from PLNU in 2011. Read more