Supporting documents not submitted online should be mailed to:
Office of Undergraduate Admissions
The George Washington University
800 21st St NW Suite 100
Washington, DC 20052
For questions visit undergraduate.admissions.gwu.edu/contact-us.
The following requirements must be fulfilled:
The general requirements stated under Columbian College of Arts and Sciences, Undergraduate Programs.
The major-specific curriculum.
|Advanced Spanish II
|or SPAN 2026
|Advanced Spanish for Heritage Learners
|or SPAN 2056
|Intensive Advanced Spanish through Sustainability Literacy
|or SPAN 2156
|Intensive Advanced Spanish for Heritage Learners
|The Spanish-Speaking World: Spain, Latin America, and the United States
|Texts and Contexts of the Spanish-Speaking World
|Senior Seminar (required of all Spanish majors in the fall semester of the senior year)
|Two courses (6 credits) selected from the following:
|Medieval Iberia in the Modern World
|Heresy and the Other in Early Modern Iberia
|Decolonizing the Empire: Colonial Latin America
|Cervantes Don Quixote
|Four courses (12 credits) selected from the following. With the approval of the major advisor, two of these courses may be taken outside the program.
|Bilingualism in the Spanish-Speaking World
|Theatre of Spain and Latin America
|Latin American Short Fiction
|The Essay in Spain and Latin America
|Afro-Latin America in the Diaspora
|Caribbean Literature and Culture
|Major Authors of Spain and Latin America
|Queer Latin America
|Women Writers of Spain and Latin America
|Literature and Dictatorship
|Cinema of Spain and Latin America
|Topics on Hispanic Linguistics
|Contemporary Narrative in Latin America
|Mexican Literature and Culture
|Southern Cone Literature and Culture
|Studies in Latinx Cultural Production
|The Myth of the Two Spains
|1898 to 1998: Spain's First Century without Empire
|Modern Poetry of Spain and Latin America
|Film as Text in Latin America
|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 (G-PAC) as well as the course CCAS 1001 First-Year Experience. 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.
Coursework for the University General Education Requirement is distributed as follows:
One course in critical thinking in the humanities.
Two courses in critical thinking, quantitative reasoning, or scientific reasoning in the social sciences.
One course that has an approved oral communication component.
- One course in quantitative reasoning (must be in mathematics or statistics).
- One course in scientific reasoning (must be in natural and/or physical laboratory sciences).
- UW 1020 University Writing (4 credits).
- After successful completion of UW 1020, 6 credits distributed over at least two writing in the discipline (WID) courses taken in separate semesters. WID courses are designated by a "W" appended to the course number.
Coursework for the CCAS G-PAC requirement is distributed as follows:
- Arts—one approved arts course 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.
- 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 additional 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).
- Humanities—one additional approved humanities course that involves critical thinking skills (in addition to the one course in this category required by the University General Education Requirement).
- CCAS 1001 First-Year Experience
Certain courses are approved to fulfill GPAC requirements in more than one category.
Courses taken in fulfillment of G-PAC requirements may also 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.
Lists of approved courses in the above categories are included on each undergraduate major's page in this Bulletin.
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 minimum 3.75 GPA in the major and a minimum 3.0 overall GPA. By the end of their junior year, qualified students may be invited by the Director of the Spanish and Latin American Literatures and Cultures program to write an honors thesis. Students writing an honors thesis complete SPAN 4919 Honors Thesis Research in the fall of their senior year and SPAN 4920W Honors Thesis in the spring of their senior year.