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.
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.
International exchanges in 25 countries
Available as a major and minor
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*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
Offered by the Faculty of Arts
Earn 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.
- 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
For more information on potential careers, check out our page on careers in arts, humanities, social sciences, languages, and creative arts.
Ready to learn more?
- Visit the Department of Spanish and Latin American Studies website
- Email Samantha Wiebe, our Arts recruitment co-ordinator, who can answer any questions about the program
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