The Department's mission is to guide students towards proficiency in Spanish and toward the knowledge necessary to communicate effectively in a variety of cultural contexts. Foreign language literacy and intercultural competence are central components of a liberal arts education and open up diverse and unique career opportunities. 


The Department offers programs leading to a major in Spanish, a minor in Spanish, and concentrations in Spanish for Business, Spanish for Health Professions, Spanish Translation/Localization and Spanish Interpreting. The requirements for completion of each degree program are those in effect in the bulletin year when the declaration of the major, minor, and concentration occurs.

Study Abroad

The Department strongly encourages students of Spanish to spend a year, a semester, or a summer studying abroad. Overseas study in concert with on-campus coursework helps students develop greater fluency, deeper knowledge of other cultures, and increased awareness of their own language, attitudes, and beliefs. 

Special Notes

Pass/fail Policy for 100-Level Language Courses:

Sophomores, juniors, and seniors may choose to take 100-level language courses pass/fail, subject to instructor approval and the following requirements:

  1. Pass/fail students must achieve an overall course grade of C or better to pass.

  2. Pass/fail students are subject to the same attendance policy as all students.

  3. Pass/fail students must complete each component of the course included in the syllabus grade breakdown. That is, students will not be able to skip any one part of the course, such as homework or the final exam, and still earn a pass grade.

Transfer Credit Policy:

Transfer credit from American universities must be pre-approved before courses are taken by students. Course instruction and coursework must be entirely in Spanish. No online courses will count towards the major or minor. Courses must be similar in content and coursework to those listed under Spanish.

Transfer credit from non-WFU study abroad programs will be approved as 500 or 520 credit. Transfer credit as 500 will count as elective credit for the major or minor (limit of 3 credits). Transfer credit approved as 520 will count as general elective credit towards graduation. 

No more than 3 hours of credit from non-Wake Forest (affiliate) study abroad programs will count towards a Spanish major or minor. 

Contact Information

Department of Spanish
Greene Hall 324, Box 7566
Phone 336-758-5487