Spanish Program

Spanish Degree Programs


Spanish Major – BA

Students seeking admission to the major must meet the following conditions:

  • Complete SPAN 203 with a "B" or better (transfer students must meet the same requirement for any course accepted as an equivalent to SPAN 203)
  • Complete at least one Spanish course at Western
  • Submit application (available from Spanish Coordinator at department office)
  • Students meeting qualifications but not admitted because of space limitations may re-apply


55 credits above the 100-level; GPA of 2.50 or above in major; maximum of 15 credits at the 200-level; SPAN 425 is not applicable to the major

Required Courses

  • SPAN 301 and 302
  • SPAN 314
  • SPAN 331 or 332
  • SPAN 340
  • SPAN 351 or 352
  • one of SPAN 450
  • SPAN 401 and 402 (must be taken on campus)

A Teaching Endorsement may be added to the major by:

  • being recommended by a faculty member in Spanish
  • completing LANG 410, LANG 420, and LANG 430
  • maintaining at least a 3.00 GPA in both the major and endorsement courses
  • passing the departmental Spanish oral proficiency exam given during Spring Quarter

(Please note that this program leads to a BA degree without teacher certification. In order to receive a recommendation for State of Washington certification students must complete the "teacher certification" program which is offered by the Department of Secondary Education as 1) a part of the undergraduate BA degree, or as 2) a post-baccalaureate program, or as 3) a part of the Masters in Education degree. Courses required for a state teaching endorsement must be completed with a grade of "C" or better. Contact Dr. Shaw Gynan, the Endorsement Advisor, for more information.)

Spanish Major – BA in Ed.

Students seeking admission to the BA in Ed. program must submit an application as described above. This program is designed for prospective elementary teachers who wish to concentrate their major efforts in a foreign language. This program is not intended to result in a teaching endorsement by the department, but does satisfy the academic major requirement for certification in elementary education.


  • 45 credits above the 100-level
  • Minimum of 21 credits must be taken in language skills courses (e.g., 201, 202, 301, 305, 401) through the fourth-year curriculum
  • Remaining credits are to be earned in selected courses under advisement at the 300- or 400-level in the language; up to 24 of these credit may be earned through foreign study course work in language, culture or literature (if taken in the target language)

Spanish Minor

A minimum of 24 credits at the 200-level or above, to include three courses at the 300- or 400-levels in Spanish; GPA of 2.50 or above in Spanish; limit of 15 credits at 200-level; SPAN 425 is not applicable to the minor.

Required Courses

  • SPAN 301 and 302