For more information on the admission process, please visit the Office of Undergraduate Admissions website. Applications may be submitted via the Common Application.
Supporting documents not submitted online should be mailed to:
Office of Undergraduate Admissions
The George Washington University
800 21st Street NW, Suite 100
Washington DC 20052
Contact for questions:
firstname.lastname@example.org or 202-994-6040
The following requirements must be fulfilled:
The general requirements stated under Columbian College of Arts and Sciences, Undergraduate Programs.
The major-specific curriculum.
|SPAN 1095||The Spanish-Speaking World: Spain, Latin America, and the United States|
|SPAN 2006||Advanced Spanish II|
|or SPAN 2026||Advanced Spanish for Heritage Learners|
|or SPAN 2056||Intensive Advanced Spanish|
|or SPAN 2156||Intensive Advanced Spanish for Heritage Learners|
|SPAN 3100W||Texts and Contexts of the Spanish-Speaking World|
|SPAN 4910W||Senior Seminar (required of all Spanish majors in the fall semester of the senior year)|
|Two courses (6 credits) from the following:|
|SPAN 3500||Medieval Iberia in the Modern World|
|SPAN 3510||Heresy and the Other in Early Modern Iberia|
|SPAN 3520||Decolonizing the Empire: Colonial Latin America|
|SPAN 3530||Enlightenment Spain|
|SPAN 3600||Special Topics|
|SPAN 4510||Cervantes Don Quixote|
|Four courses (12 credits) from the following. Two of these courses may be substituted with courses from outside the program, with the approval of the Spanish major advisor.|
|SPAN 3200||Bilingualism in the Spanish-Speaking World|
|SPAN 3400||Theatre of Spain and Latin America|
|SPAN 3410||Latin American Short Fiction|
|SPAN 3420||The Essay in Spain and Latin America|
|SPAN 3430||Afro-Latin America in the Diaspora|
|SPAN 3440||Caribbean Literature and Culture|
|SPAN 3540||Major Authors of Spain and Latin America|
|SPAN 3550||Queer Latin America|
|SPAN 3570||Women Writers of Spain and Latin America|
|SPAN 3650||Literature and Dictatorship|
|SPAN 3700||Cinema of Spain and Latin America|
|SPAN 4200||Spanish Applied Linguistics|
|SPAN 4410||Contemporary Narrative in Latin America|
|SPAN 4450||Mexican Literature and Culture|
|SPAN 4460||Southern Cone Literature and Culture|
|SPAN 4480||Studies in Latinx Cultural Production|
|SPAN 4520||Experimental Literature|
|SPAN 4540||The Myth of the Two Spains|
|SPAN 4550||1898 to 1998: Spain's First Century without Empire|
|SPAN 4560||Modern Poetry of Spain and Latin America|
|SPAN 4600||Special Topics|
|SPAN 4650||Literary Translation|
|SPAN 4700||Film as Text in Latin America|
|SPAN 4800||Independent Study|
|Excluding courses taught at GW Study Centers abroad, no more than four courses taken abroad or at another institution may count toward the major.|
In addition to the University General Education Requirement, undergraduate students in Columbian College must complete a further, College-specific general education curriculum—Perspective, Analysis, Communication, or G-PAC. Together with the University General Education Requirement, G-PAC engages students in active intellectual inquiry across the liberal arts. Students achieve a set of learning outcomes that enhance their analytical skills, develop their communication competencies, and invite them to participate as responsible citizens who are attentive to issues of culture, diversity, and privilege.
G-PAC approved courses, Dean's Seminars, and Sophomore Colloquia that may be available for registration are listed on the CCAS Advising website.
Coursework for the University General Education Requirement is distributed as follows:
- Writing—one approved course in university writing and two approved writing in the disciplines (WID) courses.
- Humanities—one approved course in the humanities that involves critical or creative thinking skills.
- Mathematics or Statistics—one approved course in either mathematics or statistics.
- Natural or Physical Science—one approved laboratory course that employs the process of scientific inquiry.
- Social Sciences—two approved courses in the social sciences.
Coursework for the Columbian College general education curriculum is distributed as follows:
- Arts—one approved course in the arts that involves the study or creation of artwork based on an understanding or interpretation of artistic traditions or knowledge of art in a contemporary context.
- Global or Cross-Cultural Perspective—one approved course that analyzes the ways in which institutions, practices, and problems transcend national and regional boundaries.
- Humanities—one approved course in the humanities that involves critical thinking skills (in addition to the one course in this category required by the University General Education Requirement).
- Local or Civic Engagement—one approved course that develops the values, ethics, disciplines, and commitment to pursue responsible public action.
- Natural or Physical Science—one approved laboratory course that employs the process of scientific inquiry (in addition to the one course in this category required by the University General Education Requirement.
- Oral Communication—one course in oral communication.
Certain courses are approved to fulfill the requirement in more than one of these categories.
Courses taken in fulfillment of G-PAC also may be counted toward majors or minors. Transfer courses taken prior to, but not after, admission to George Washington University may count toward the University General Education Requirement and G-PAC, if those transfer courses are equivalent to GW courses that have been approved by the University and the College.
In addition to the general requirements stated under University Regulations, in order to be considered for graduation with Special Honors in Spanish and Latin American languages, literatures, and cultures, candidates must have attained a 3.75 GPA in the major and at least a 3.0 average overall. Qualified students may be invited to write an honors thesis by the Director of the Spanish and Latin American Literatures and Cultures program by the end of the spring semester of their junior year. Students writing an honors thesis complete thesis research in the fall of the senior year and thesis writing in the spring of the senior year.