Say hola to an in-depth understanding of the Hispanic world.
Our language-oriented stream emphasizes a fluent knowledge of Spanish, focusing on understanding, speaking, reading, and writing, including courses for business and translation. Meanwhile, Waterloo’s Hispanic club gives you the chance to practice your conversation skills with peers.
Alternatively, you can opt to specialize in Latin American Literatures and Cultures. In this stream, you'll study the major literary and cultural trends of Latin America, from pre-Columbian times to the present, while developing strong research skills along the way.
Once you graduate, your Spanish degree opens up all kinds of possibilities, including business, teaching, international relations, and international development.
Build an awesome résumé
Get Waterloo’s Diploma in Spanish-English Translation — one of only 2 such diplomas in Canada. Or go the co-op route and gain 5 terms of work experience.
Immerse yourself in Spanish
Dust off your passport, brush up on your flamenco or salsa skills, and take part in an exchange to Spain or Latin America.
About Spanish at Waterloo
Earn a Bachelor of Arts in Honours Spanish
International exchanges in 25 countries
Offered by the Faculty of Arts
Available as a major and minor
- Apply to Honours Arts or Honours Arts and Business and choose Spanish as your major at the end of first year.
September to December
January to April
After first year
40% of the classes you’ll take will be Spanish courses. With your remaining classes, you can choose electives from many of the 100 subject areas at Waterloo.
Sample upper-year Spanish courses
Customize your Bachelors of Arts in Honours Spanish degree
You can also add additional areas of interest and expertise by including a minor (or minors) as part of your degree.
Gain relevant work experience through co-op
By alternating school terms and paid co-op work terms throughout your degree, you can explore new career areas and types of employers as your career interests evolve. Co-op is available if you study Spanish through Honours Arts and Business.
- Account Representative, Manulife Financial
- Auditor, KPMG LLP
- Bilingual Lending Credit Officer, Manulife Financial
- Assistant Project Manager, Quebec Ministry of Economic & Regional Development
- Business/Process Analyst, Tai Foong International Ltd.
- Teacher, Ontario Institute for Studies in Education