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Spanish, B.A.

  • Application Deadline
  • 48 months
, VA,
People have been speaking Spanish for more than a thousand years. Today it is the second language in the United States and the first language of more than 400 million people throughout the world. Proficiency in the Spanish language and knowledge of the cultural richness of Spanish-speaking peoples is a professional asset. 


The Spanish program offers a major, minor and teaching licensure in Spanish. Incoming students are placed in levels ranging from beginning to advanced, depending on their skills. Small classes and free tutoring provide all students the opportunity to attain an advanced level of language proficiency. Since Spanish has a profound literary tradition, and is increasingly the language of the struggle for social justice, advanced proficiency allows for personal enrichment.

The Spanish major is a rigorous program requiring substantial achievement in language skills, including 33 credit hours above the intermediate level. Sweet Briar’s liberal arts curriculum provides the flexibility to combine a Spanish major or minor with any other academic program. Business majors add a Spanish major or minor to increase competitiveness in the international marketplace. Combining Spanish with biology, environmental studies and international affairs is also common.

A weekly Spanish Mesa in the dining hall and Spanish Club activities offer on-campus opportunities to converse in Spanish and learn about Hispanic cultures and traditions. Every year, a student from Spain is invited to work as an assistant in the Spanish program, serving as a resource for our students for language practice, tutoring and cultural information. Sweet Briar students often participate in our nationally recognized JYS in Seville program or in other approved study-abroad programs in Spain or Latin America. In fact, more than 90 percent of the College’s Spanish majors spend a semester or year abroad. Scholarships are available to help students who may have financial need so that everyone may take advantage of this unique experience.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • More details: Rolling Admission after November 1 (decisions and financial aid notifications mailed on a rolling basis after December 17)
  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 48 months
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

Programme Structure

  • Elementary Spanish 
  • Intermediate Spanish 
  • Exploration of Language and Culture 
  • Spanish Conversation 
  • Advanced Grammar and Composition 
  • Hispanic Themes Spain 
  • Hispanic Themes Latin America 
  • Introduction to Hispanic Literatures 
  • Spanish tor Business 
  • Topics in Hispanic Literature in Translation 
  • Spanish-English Translation 

                          English Language Requirements

                          You only need to take one of these language tests:

                          • 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. Read more about TOEFL iBT ®.

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                          • 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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                          Academic Requirements

                        • Completed application — Sweet Briar will accept either the Common Application or online application.
                        • Official transcripts of all academic work completed to date. 
                        • If applicable, a list of current (senior year) grades
                        • A general recommendation from either a high school guidance counselor or high school teacher which addresses the applicant’s interests, attitudes and academic abilities
                        • A standardized test is required. Sweet Briar accepts either the SAT or ACT. Official scores must be submitted directly to the College.
                        • A full credential evaluation from World Education Services (WES) of all non-U.S. high school and college transcripts
                        • College Board’s International Student Certification of Finances
                        • Tuition Fee

                          • International

                            36520 USD/year
                            Tuition Fee
                            Based on the original amount of 36520 USD per year and a duration of 48 months.
                          • National

                            36520 USD/year
                            Tuition Fee
                            Based on the original amount of 36520 USD per year and a duration of 48 months.
                          • In-State

                            36520 USD/year
                            Tuition Fee
                            Based on the original amount of 36520 USD per year and a duration of 48 months.
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