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. You can also add appeal to your degree by gaining some work experience through co-op.

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Build an awesome résumé

Get Waterloo’s Diploma in Spanish-English Translation — one of only two such diplomas in Canada. Or choose the co-op program and gain 20 months 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


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briefcaseAvailable as a co-op and regular program

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Apply to Honours Arts or Honours Arts and Business and choose Spanish as your major at the end of first year.

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First-year courses

September to December

  • Choose one of:
  • Arts First requirement 1*
  • Three additional courses

January to April

  • Choose an additional course from:
  • Arts First requirement 2*
  • Three additional courses

*The Arts First requirement consists of two first-year courses that are capped at 25 students: ARTS 130 - Inquiry and Communication and ARTS 140 - Information and Analysis. Instead of listening to a lecture and trying to capture notes, Arts First courses will have you and your classmates working together to respond to a challenge posed by the instructor.

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 courses

SPAN 217 – First Nations, Native Americans, Pueblos Originarios
SPAN 350 – Poetry of the Tango
SPAN 387 – Gender, Power, and Representations in Latin American
SPAN 445 – History of the Spanish Language


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Graduation capEarn a Bachelor of Arts degree in Honours Spanish


Co-op = relevant paid work experience

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.

Sample co-op job titles

  • Online marketing liaison
  • Enterprise marketing assistant
  • Usability research assistant
  • Parking control officer
  • Mobile operations analyst

Customize your Bachelors of Arts in Honours Spanish degree

You can add additional areas of expertise by including one or more of the minors available to all Waterloo students.

What can you do with a degree in Spanish?

Waterloo Spanish graduates commonly pursue careers where their multi-language skills are put to use, such as in business, auditing, and teaching. They typically work in financial institutions, schools, and more.

Recent graduates

  • Freelance Translator – TransPerfect Translations
  • Account Manager – Communications Zone Telus
  • Marketing Coordinator – Octopuz
  • Media Services – BlackBerry
  • Associate, Human Resources – Frost Bank
  • Service Representative – Your Neighbourhood Credit Union

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