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Spanish (BA or BS), 4-Year

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A bachelor's in Spanish opens the door to diverse cultures and opportunities to work around the world while laying the foundation for a wide variety of rewarding careers.

Overview & Distinctions


As the official language of 20 countries around the world, a foundation in Spanish opens the doors to a wealth of opportunities at home and abroad. Students in the 4-year Spanish Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Science programs will learn about Hispanic communities of the world through coursework, internship experiences, and service opportunities.

Spanish is a global language that extends to a diverse set of cultures and countries, and students in the program will be fully-immersed in the various varieties of Spanish spoken around the world. Students will gain a deep knowledge of the language, history, culture, and literature of the Spanish-speaking world as they learn about the values, customs, and beliefs that frame the various rich and dynamic Hispanic cultures.

Dual Major

The Spanish major is a compact major that allows you to pursue a dual major in any other bachelor's major field of study offered at D’Youville. And a second major opens even more opportunities in fields like business, government, politics, education, or the non-profit world.

Why Choose D'Youville?

  • Get individualized attention in small classes taught by accomplished, liberal arts faculty —not teaching assistants.
  • D’Youville’s surrounding neighborhood, Buffalo’s West Side, is known for its vibrant Hispanic community and an ideal location to get engaged and learn beyond the classroom.
  • Deepen your knowledge and cultural understanding through study abroad at a foreign university.
  • D'Youville's long commitment to a liberal education means that you'll receive the kind of interdisciplinary education that will give you a rock-solid foundation.

Automatic Merit-Based Scholarships

When you apply for admission at D’Youville, we’ll automatically consider you for our merit scholarships. Undergraduate scholarships can cover as much as 50% of your tuition, and there is no need to fill out a separate application!

Transfer students can qualify for scholarships, as well. And unlike other schools, maintaining your scholarship is easier at D'Youville because we use a realistic 2.25 GPA requirement to determine your eligibility for merit-based scholarships each year. 

Find more information and additional scholarships on our scholarships page.

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Admissions Requirements

Admission Requirements

At D'Youville, we are committed to selecting students who are academically well-rounded and committed to meeting the challenges of a high-quality education. If you have been successful in a traditional college preparatory program in high school, you should be well-prepared for the academic challenges at D'Youville. While we don't require you to submit ACT or SAT test scores, if you have taken or intend to take a standardized test we encourage you to submit your scores if you'd like them to be evaluated as part of your application.

First Time in College Freshman Requirements:

  • Submitted application for admission
  • Official high school transcripts
    • An overall weighted GPA of 80 with successful completion of high school graduation requirements and three years of math, history, english, and science.

Not Required (utilized in a holistic review for admission if provided):

  • Standardized SAT/ACT test scores
  • Admissions essay
  • Letters of recommendation

Transfer Admission Required Review Criteria:

  • Submitted application for admission
    • Applications are free of charge and can be found on our apply webpage.
  • Official transcripts from ALL previously attended colleges/universities
  • Cumulative GPA of 2.33

 Not Required (utilized in a holistic review for admission if provided):

  • Coursework relevant to major of interest
  • Admissions essay
  • Letters of recommendation



The compact and focused Spanish degree curriculum is designed to allow students to explore a second major and the unique Study Abroad programs at D'Youville.

Find detailed course information for the Bachelor of Arts Spanish Program, tools to plan your education, and complete academic policies and procedures in the D'Youville academic catalog.

Major 41
Liberal Arts and Science Electives 79
Total Credits 120

Course Requirements for the Major

Select one of the following: 1 3-6
& SPA-102
Beginner Spanish I
and Beginner Spanish II
Transitional Beginner Spanish  
Spanish for Heritage Speakers  
SPA-201 Intermediate Spanish I 3
SPA-202 Intermediate Spanish II 3
SPA-211 Conversation and Composition I 3
SPA-212 Spanish Conversation and Composition II 3
or SPA-213 Int Spanish, Latin America & Us Hispanic Lit
SPA Three SPA 300-level electives 9
SPA-400 Spanish Internship 3
or SPA-401 DYC Spanish Study Abroad Seminar
SPA-410 Spanish Senior Seminar 2
SPA SPA electives 2, 3 9
Total Credits 38-41

All students will be required to complete the Spanish Language Assessment and Agreement form in order to place students in the appropriate level.


For students beginning with Beginner Spanish I (SPA-101), this would equal 23 credit hours in foundation courses and six electives for a total of 41 credit hours. A minimum of three electives at the 300 level are also required. Students who place out of one or more of the required foundation hours will make up their hours by selecting more electives.


Choose from SPA-121, 132, 141, 152, 153, 154, 222, 223, 224, 233, 234, 242, 243, 255, 261, 262, 289, 335, 344, 362, 363, 364, 389



A Bachelor of Arts in Spanish allows students to boost their marketability and gain an advantage in a wide variety of career fields.

Spanish opens the door to many different occupations. After graduation, students with a degree in Spanish from D’Youville can:

  • Enter the interpretation and translation field, a top ranked social service job with a high starting salary and high projected employment opportunities
  • Explore heathcare opportunities and the rich history of health and wellness education at D’Youville,
  • Work in the business and legal professions fields where the a consistent increase in Spanish speakers has led to a demand for bilingual employees
  • Embrace D’Youville’s mission of leadership and service through opportunities in social work and services
  • Find meaningful and rewarding work in the emergency services and law enforcement fields

A Spanish BA also opens to advanced graduate study in fields like business, journalism, education, and more.

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