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

briefcase Available as a co-op and regular program

Graduation cap Earn a Bachelor of Arts degree in Honours Spanish

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icon of network of peopleOffered by the Faculty of Arts

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First-year courses

September to December

Choose one of:
 • SPAN 101 - Introduction to Spanish 1
 • SPAN 102 - Introduction to Spanish 2
 • SPAN 201A - Intermediate Spanish 1
Arts First requirement 1*
3 additional courses

January to April

Choose an additional course from:
 • SPAN 102 - Introduction to Spanish 2
 • SPAN 201B - Intermediate Spanish 2
Arts First requirement 2*
3 additional courses

*The Arts First requirement consists of 2 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


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.

Recent graduates

  • 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

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