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Spanish Language and Literature, B.A.

  • Application Deadline
  • 48 months
University rank #198 (WUR) Washington, D. C., DC, United States
From beginning language to advanced literature and culture, the Spanish Language and Literature program at George Washington University offers a range of courses designed to enhance students’ understanding of the central role that the Spanish language and its related cultures in Spain, Latin America and the Caribbean have played in shaping today’s world.
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The Spanish Language and Literature program offered by George Washington University is part of the Department of Romance, German and Slavic Languages and Literatures in the Columbian College of Arts and Sciences.

The program offers both a minor and a major. Students often take courses in history, literature and the humanities.

Courses offered at GW in Spanish and Latin American literature and culture cover a variety of topics, including imperial and post-colonial literary and cultural history, poetry, drama, cinema and prose narratives, as well as all aspects of language learning. Upper-level courses focus on literature and culture and enhance writing and analytical skills.

From student organizations dedicated to furthering the understanding and appreciation of Spanish, Latin American and Latino cultures to symposia, exhibits and film festivals, GW and the Washington, D.C., area are ideal locations for learning about Spain, Latin America, the Caribbean and North America.

What can I do in the Spanish Language and Literature field?

Majors and minors in Spanish and Latin American literature and culture go on to pursue careers in a variety of fields, including education, medicine, politics, journalism, publishing, law and business. They also find positions with the State Department, nongovernmental organizations, the Organization of American States, the United Nations and many other international organizations.

Detailed Programme Facts

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

Programme Structure

Courses include:
  • General Readings in Spanish and Latin American Literature
  • Theater of Spain and Latin America
  • Latin American Short Fiction
  • The Essayistic Tradition in Latin America
  • Afro-Latin America in the Diaspora
  • Caribbean Literature and Culture
  • Medieval Spanish Literature

English Language Requirements

  • Minimum required score:


    The TOEFL iBT ® measures your English-language abilities in an academic setting. The test has four sections (reading, listening, speaking, and writing), each with a score range of 0-30, for a total score range of 0-120.

  • Minimum required score:


    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

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General Requirements

  • Common Application
  • Financial Certificate
  • Photocopy of your Passport
  • International Credentials
  • Letters of Recommendation

Tuition Fee

  • International

    58550 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 58550 USD per year and a duration of 48 months.
  • National

    58550 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 58550 USD per year and a duration of 48 months.
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Living costs for Washington, D. C.

  • 1705 - 2980 USD/month
    Living Costs

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