Programs in Hispanic Studies

Open the doors to the Spanish-speaking world from North America to Patagonia to Western Europe and enhance your future career prospects!

A Minor and General degree provides a general education in Hispanic Studies.

A Major will allow you to deepen your knowledge and increase your exposure to Spanish, its literatures and cultures.

An Honours degree provides a solid foundation in Hispanic Studies for future academic and professional endeavours.

To take courses in Hispanic Studies at the third- and fourth-year levels, you must have the prerequisites of the first two years, including 250A and 250B. Exceptions may be made under certain circumstances after consultation with the Department.

If you are completing first year and choosing Hispanic Studies as a Major, learn about the Co-operative Education Program and Career Services, an office devoted to help you chart your career path.

Learn more at the Hispanic Studies Program entry in the UVic academic calendar.

Many courses offered in our department focus on Latin American literature and culture.  These courses can also count towards a degree in Latin American Studies. For more details, please go to Latin American Studies.

You are advised to consult with the Undergraduate Advisor in the department with your course selections.

First Year

  • Complete 3 units of SPAN 100A (1.5) and 100B (1.5), or SPAN 149 (3.0)
  • Complete 12 units of electives

Second Year

Third and Fourth Years

Students wishing to enrol in the Honours Program must first obtain the approval from the . Admission to the Honours Program normally requires a minimum GPA of 7.0 in upper-level Hispanic Studies courses.

Graduation from the Honours Program requires a minimum graduating GPA of 6.0 in upper-level Hispanic Studies courses, and a minimum B+ in SPAN 499.

Hispanic Studies courses conducted in English may be credited to a Minor (General), Major or Honours Degree in Hispanic Studies to a maximum of 3 units.

First Year

  • Complete 3 units of SPAN 100A (1.5) and 100B (1.5), or SPAN 149 (3.0)
  • Complete 12 units of electives

Second Year

Third and Fourth Years

Hispanic Studies courses conducted in English may be credited to a Minor (General), Major or Honours Degree in Hispanic Studies to a maximum of 3 units.

First Year

Second Year

Third and Fourth Years

Hispanic Studies courses conducted in English may be credited to a Minor (General), Major or Honours Degree in Hispanic Studies to a maximum of 3 units.

New declarations in all Italian Studies programs (including the Combined Major) are currently suspended. Contact the Chair of the department for further information.

First Year

Second Year

Third and Fourth Years

  • ITAL 350 (1.5)
  • SPAN 350A (1.5)
  • 6 units of ITAL courses numbered 300 and above*
  • 1.5 units from SPAN 390 or 391
  • 4.5 units of SPAN courses numbered 400 and above and conducted in Spanish

*Up to 1.5 units may be substituted from this supporting course list.

The Certificate in Language and Cultural Proficiency: Spanish provides linguistic and cultural offerings to accommodate the many reasons people have for learning Spanish: to communicate while travelling, enhance professional opportunities, read great works of literature, to understand the cultures of the Hispanic world, or to learn new technical skills.

Certificate requirements (total of 10.5 units)*

*You will need to formally declare the certificate through Academic Advising for Humanities, Science & Social Sciences for it to show on your academic transcripts.

For further information, please contact the Undergraduate Advisor in the department.