Spanish & French Studies

¡Bienvenidos!   Bienvenue!   أهلا و سهلا ا

An ideal of a liberal arts education, the study of a culture through its language offers insights into unfamiliar worlds and increases sensitivity to and appreciation of other cultures. Occidental’s Spanish and French Studies department represents a community of scholars that gathers faculty and students working across a wide range of interests in the fields of literature, culture, and linguistics. You’ll gain an analytical grasp of the diverse traditions and complexities of the Spanish- and French-speaking worlds, and a combination of coursework and co-curricular activities yield a multicultural, international perspective. The linguistics minor and the Arabic language and culture classes round out the intellectual and cultural scope of our department’s academic programs.

The rich cultural and literary expressions of Spain and Latin America are explored in a language-immersive classroom environment that builds strong conversational skills, and Oxy's strategic position in Southern California presents ample opportunities to use the Spanish language. You can explore the Francophone world’s rich intellectual, literary, cultural and political traditions through study of works from Africa, Canada, the Caribbean and Europe. You will be strongly encouraged to enhance your education through myriad options for study abroad and community-based learning programs.

Our graduates have the language skills and cultural knowledge necessary to continue their studies and pursue rewarding careers. Our graduates have gone on to careers as college professors, speech therapists, high-school teachers or administrators, museum administrators, social workers, lawyers, public health workers, creative writers, and Fulbright scholars.

Meet Our Faculty

What Our Graduates Are Doing

Speech-language pathologist, Inglewood Preschools LA

Ana Garay

Co-founder, Tuenti

Zaryn Dentzel

MPH, UCLA Fielding School of Public Health

Maya Kumar

Ph.D. program in Spanish, UC-Berkeley

Justin Berner

Case Manager, Women of the World

Abigail Bossart

Associate, Perkins Coie LLP

Alison Caditz

Managing Associate, Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP

Joanna Hernandez

Speech-Language Pathologist

Alison Pentland

Translation Project Manager at Inline Translation Services, Inc.

Lea Worob
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