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Spanish Studies


Cathedral in Spain

Catedral Nueva de Salamanca, Spain (image courtesy of Wikimedia Commons)

Algarrobo, Chile (beach, water and rocks)

Algarrobo, Chile (image courtesy of Monica Ruiz)

Castle in Seville, Spain

Seville, Spain (image courtesy of Kenneth Meadwell)

Barcelona, Spain

Barcelona, Spain (image courtesy of Kennth Meadwell)

With over 470 Million native speakers, Spanish is second only to Chinese as a world language. Belonging to the Romance language family which also includes French, Italian and Portuguese, Spanish derived from Latin but was heavily influenced by Arabic during the occupation of Spain which lasted from 711 to 1492. Today, it is the official language of over twenty countries in areas such as the Americas, the Caribbean, Africa and Spain, with far more speakers in Latin America than anywhere else.

As the number of Spanish speakers continues to increase, so do career opportunities in Spanish as a language for international business, trade and law, tourism, immigration and foreign service, global, national and community development with both governmental and non-governmental organizations as well as journalism, translation and teaching. In all of these fields, learning Spanish gives you a competitive edge.

Along with the language, you will gain the cultural awareness and understanding that is needed in today’s global community.

Our courses

Courses available for the current academic year are available here.

To see the Spanish Studies course descrptions, please click here.

About our program

In Spanish Studies, we offer a 3-year BA (Single Major, Double Major, Combined Major). Our courses will help you to develop your communications skills and your critical thinking skills-a must in order to grasp the subtleties of interacting with the different Hispanic cultures. You will deepen your understanding of the Latin American and Spanish cultures and history through the analysis of texts and videos from the Internet and the media, the study of films and literature as well as an in-depth study of the language through translation. Spanish is one language, but so many cultures! Whether Spanish is your first or second language or one of several that you speak, studying Spanish at the University of Winnipeg will be a rewarding and enriching experience that will give you an edge, whatever career path you choose.  

Spanish Studies participates in the Interdepartmental Minor in Comparative Literature. For eligible courses, please consult the Comparative Literature section of the Calendar.