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College of Arts & 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

Topic(s): Arts, Humanities and Design

Degree requirements

Applicant type

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).

Spanish is an open major. You may declare this major at any time after enrolling at the UW as long as you are in good academic standing. Visit the department website for more information.

Quarters of general admisson to UW: autumn / winter (U.S. applicants only) / spring / summer

Preparation for the major is a factor in transfer admission.

  • Use the information below to help you prepare for this degree
  • Visit MyPlan to run a degree audit.
  • Use the UW Equivalency Guide to find out how courses taken at a Washington state community or technical college will transfer to the UW.
  • UW college and school graduation requirements

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.

Read more about applying to the UW as a transfer student.

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.

Entering transfer information:

Total undergraduates: 47
Total from Washington community colleges: 4

Career outcomes

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