Modern Languages


Welcome to our Spanish program!

Spanish is the third most spoken language in the world, spoken by over 400 million people. It is the official language of 21 countries, including the United States. There is a high need in Southern California for a bilingual workforce with strong Spanish skills. Besides our traditional Spanish program that includes Spanish 1, 2, 3, and 4, we also offer a program for heritage speakers of Spanish. Our heritage-speaker track --- courses like Spanish 35, 36, and 37 ---- is designed especially for Spanish speakers, and targets areas of communication that are the most challenging for U.S. Spanish-speaking Latinos. If there is ever a time for our Spanish-speaking communities to start thinking about becoming more fully bilingual, now is the time!

    We have a dual language track: Traditional for non-Spanish speakers (Spanish 01, 02, 03...), and the aforementioned Heritage track for Spanish-speakers who grew up in a Spanish-speaking environment but who have never studied it (Spanish 35, 36, 37, 27...).

    Click on “How do I select a Spanish Course?” on the right-hand side of this screen to guide you in your initial placement or click on “Course Sequence” to learn which class to take next.

    Associate in Arts in Spanish for Transfer Degree

    The Associate in Arts in Spanish for Transfer degree is appropriate for students, including bilingual individuals, who wish to continue mastering their language and overall communication skills in Spanish, demonstrating effective skills in reading, writing, speaking and listening comprehension. The primary of the Associate in Arts in Spanish for Transfer degree is to provide a student priority admission to the CSU system in a Spanish major or a major that is deemed similar by a CSU campus.

    Please go to E3-100E or contact any faculty member in the Spanish Program for more information.

    Course Offerings

    We offer a broad spectrum of courses ranging from Spanish Language instruction to studies of Civilization and Culture, and Literature. Other offered courses include:

    • Spanish for Medical Personnel
    • Spanish for Law Enforcement
    • Spanish for Public Safety Personnel
    • Spanish for Hospitality and Food Workers

    Click here to see our current course offerings. To see a list of course offerings for a future term, please contact our department, (323) 780-6798.

    Course descriptions

    Not sure what course level to take?

    We are here to help! Call our department for further guidance, (323) 780-6798.

    *NOTE: If you took Spanish in high school or have AP Spanish Language or Culture credit, you may belong in a higher level class!

    Contact Information


    Dept. Location: E3-100E


    Eldy Dean, Chairperson
    Phone: (323) 780-6840

    Dept. Location: E3-100E

    Elva Hernández
    Phone: (323) 265-8872

    Dept. Location: E3-100E

    Othón Olivas
    Phone: (323) 780-6803

    Dept. Location: E3-100E

    Dr. Norma Vega
    Phone: (323) 780-6799

    Dept. Location: E3-100E

    Dr. Lynn Vogel-Zuiderweg
    Phone: (323) 415-5022

    Dept. Location: E3-100E

    Nora Zepeda
    Phone: (323) 568-5805