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Spanish, B.A.

  • Application Deadline
  • 48 months
University rank #51 (BCR) Boston, MA, United States
Broadly focused on the liberal arts, the major in Spanish at Boston University encompasses courses in language, literature, linguistics, culture, the arts, and related fields. It features in-depth engagement with the language, literatures, and cultures of Spain, Latin America, and the Caribbean.
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Spanish linguistics courses at Boston University examine the structure of the language, its historical development, and variations in usage. Because Spanish is the second most spoken language in the United States, the study of US Spanish and Latino literature and culture are integral parts of the program. Electives within the major enable students to tailor it to their individual interests and career goals in consultation with a faculty advisor. All students are strongly encouraged to incorporate study abroad in Spain or Spanish America in their course of study. The major develops the skills and knowledge needed for a wide spectrum of careers in education, business, academics, the arts, journalism, and communications.

Learning Outcomes

Students graduating with a BA in Spanish will demonstrate:

  • Advanced knowledge of major themes in Hispanic literature and culture in their historical contexts and familiarity with major literary genres.
  • Knowledge of events, periods, and people who have shaped the history of the Spanish-speaking world.
  • Advanced proficiency and accuracy in speaking, reading, writing, and understanding the Spanish language as used in different areas of the Spanish-speaking world, including the US, Spanish America, and Spain.
  • Knowledge of structural and other aspects of Spanish, and accurate and fluent use of advanced Spanish (tested by a variety of means) in a range of academic and everyday situations.
  • Ability to evaluate arguments about literary and cultural texts and topics.
  • Ability to live, study, and work in Spanish-speaking environments in the US and abroad (for example, through BU’s Study Abroad programs).
  • Skills needed for advanced study and for careers in a variety of fields: effective and accurate oral and written communication; close reading and analysis; writing and research skills appropriate for entry-level professional use and/or graduate study, including the ability to formulate a well-organized, clear, and persuasive argument; familiarity with traditional cultural norms and expectations of the Spanish-speaking world.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 48 months
  • Credits
    120 alternative credits
  • Languages
    • English
    • Partially taught in Spanish
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

Programme Structure

Courses included:

  • Spanish Through Translation
  • Introduction to Analysis of Hispanic Texts
  • Spanish Through Performance: The Theater of Everyday Life
  • Spanish for the Professions

English Language Requirements

  • Minimum required score:


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General Requirements


  • Common Application or Coalition Application     
  • High School Transcript
  • Senior Year Grades
  • Counselor Recommendation and School Report Form   
  • Teacher Evaluation
  • Standardized Tests
  • Secondary School Records
  • Documentation of Financial Support
  • Copy of Data Page of Passport

Tuition Fee

  • International

    54720 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 54720 USD per year and a duration of 48 months.
  • National

    54720 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 54720 USD per year and a duration of 48 months.
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Living costs for Boston

  • 1560 - 3240 USD/month
    Living Costs

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