Say hola to an in-depth understanding of the Hispanic world

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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.

Program highlights

  • 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.

What will you learn?

First-year courses

During your first year, you'll take two introductory Spanish courses. Plus, you'll have electives to explore an additional major of your choosing. In upper years, 40% of the classes you'll take will be Spanish courses.

Learn about courses you'll take for your Spanish degree.

Customize your degree

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


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Ontario students: six Grade 12 U and/or M courses including

  • Any Grade 12 U English (minimum final grade of at least 70%)

Admission average: Low 80s (co-op and regular)

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How to apply

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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