College of Arts and Sciences

An undergraduate major in Spanish allows students to expand and refine their language skills while engaging in the study of literature written in Spanish, as well as Hispanic cultural studies and linguistics. The BA prepares graduates for advanced degrees in education and doctoral programs, as well as careers in business, law and medicine. In recognition of the growing importance of Spanish, many of our students are double majors. Graduates of this degree program pursue careers in a variety of fields such as government, business, travel, health care, entertainment, commerce, education and the arts.

Major category: Minimum requirements

Minor available

Topic: Arts

Applicant type


Freshmen can apply to the UW to begin autumn quarter or winter quarter (U.S. applicants only)

Read more about applying to the UW as a freshman, including details for programs that provide high school students with college credit (like Running Start).


Preparation for the major is a factor in transfer admission. Use the information below to help you prepare for this degree

Department admission information

  • Departmental application deadline: Must enroll at the UW before applying to the major.
  • Please contact the department for details about the application process.
  • Minimum cumulative GPA of 2.7 for all Spanish coursework completed and a minimum grade of 2.5 in each Spanish course required.
  • Completion of at least 5 credits of English composition with a minimum grade of 2.5 required.

Courses required for the major:

  • SPAN 203 A&H — Intermediate Spanish
  • 5 credits English composition

Courses recommended for the major:

  • Suggested coursework: Courses in Spanish, Latin American, Chicano literature; courses in history and culture; and courses in English and comparative literature.


  • Change of major forms (available online and outside C-104F Padelford) will be processed during autumn, winter and spring quarters only. Forms and unofficial transcripts should be turned in by the end of the third week of the quarter to assure registration priority for the following quarter. Paperwork turned in after the third week of the quarter will be processed during the next admission cycle.

Entering transfer information:

Total undergraduates: 49
Total from Washington community colleges: 4

Entering transfer GPA (from WA community colleges):

3.75 – 4.00: 1
3.50 – 3.74: 1
3.25 – 3.49: 0
3.00 – 3.24: 2
2.75 – 2.99: 0
2.50 – 2.74: 0
2.49 and below: 0

Career outcomes