Why is Spanish such a popular language to study? Many Canadian immigrants are Spanish-speaking and it is the second language spoken in the US. As well, it is the main language spoken in 21 other countries in the world, ranging geographically from Spain to Cuba, Mexico to Argentina. A wish to travel while deepening personal and cultural experiences, a love of salsa or flamenco music, an interest in the art of Picasso or Kahlo, a desire to read authors such as Miguel Cervantes or Isabel Allende, an awareness of growing opportunities in Spanish-speaking countries for study and employment—these are some of the factors that motivate the tremendous interest in Spanish. A knowledge of Spanish language and Hispanic cultures (Spanish minor or certificate) will enhance employment opportunities in any field, as well as opening doors to rich personal experiences, while a Spanish major (or double major with another field) may lead to a career in teaching, diplomatic or community development work, tourism, international business or journalism, or to graduate work in such areas as translation, linguistics, Hispanic studies or literary analysis.

Program Options
The Department of International Languages offers the following program options:

  • Bachelor of Arts Major in Spanish (may be combined with another major)
  • Minor in Spanish 
  • Certificate in Spanish

Description of these program options can be found in the Undergraduate Calendar.

Spanish Awards: Continuing Spanish students at all levels are eligible for financial awards.  See the Administrative Assistant for details.

Placement testing: U of R students who have some Spanish experience should contact Li McLeod for assessment and class placement (credit classes only) prior to registering in a Spanish class.

International Study: Students who wish to receive credit for Spanish courses taken abroad should consult the department for approval prior to taking the courses.

Li McLeod
Ranka Minic-Vidovic
Cristina Torres De La Hoz