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World Languages and Cultures


Spanish is Central!

Everything you need to know about the Spanish Program at Central Washington University!

Dr. Eric Mayer helps a student with her Spanish assignment.

The Spanish program at CWU offers a major and minor in Spanish.  Classes are small and student-centered.  Students develop language proficiency and in-depth knowledge of culture through coursework that covers Spain, Latin America, and the U.S. Latino populaion.  A solid background in Spanish language and culture is an asset to students who seek post-grad careers in education, international business, translation and interpretation, hospitality and tourism, and more.

Spanish is offered in the Summer! Click here for more information!

Major Requirements:

  • SPAN 251, 252, 253  (Second year Spanish)
  • SPAN 341 ( Comp & Gram)
  • SPAN 301 ( Intro to Literature)
  • SPAN 310 (Civ & Culture)
  • Must have 20 approved elective credits
  • For Heritage Speakers Please see the Heritage Spanish Page
  • Check out the Study Abroad page for available programs!
  • Career Services

Minor Requirements:

  • SPAN 251, 252, 253  (Second year Spanish)
  • SPAN 341  (Comp & Gram I)
  • Must have 10 approved elective credits

Spanish Placement Testing

Students WITH university-level Spanish credits:
Students who have university-level Spanish credits on their transcript, either from CWU or as transfer credits, may register for the Spanish class that is next in sequence. Please check your Transfer Credit Report in MyCWU to see the CWU equivalent(s) of the class(es) you have taken. If you are not sure which class to take next, please contact the World Languages and Cultures Department for help. Our email address is

Students WITHOUT university-level Spanish credits:
Any student may enroll in SPAN 151 (First-quarter, first-year Spanish). Students who are interested in enrolling in a Spanish class above SPAN 151 and who do NOT have university-level Spanish classes on their transcript, either from CWU or from transfer credits, must first take our placement test. Please follow the instructions below.

1. Make an appointment with Testing Services to take the exam. They can be reached by telephone (509-963-1847), in person at 105 Buillon Hall, or online at
2. Go to the Cashiers in Barge Hall. Tell them that you need to pay for the Spanish Placement Exam ($25). Make sure that you save your receipt and take it with you when you take the exam.
3. Take the test at your scheduled time. Make sure you have your receipt and ID.
4. Your score will be automatically sent to Dr. Bransdorfer.
5. Email Dr. Bransdorfer (  once you have completed the test to schedule a meeting with him.

*IMPORTANT NOTE: The placement test scores are not tied into CWU’s computer system. Therefore, you will not be able to enroll in a Spanish class above the 151 level through MyCWU. If you decide to enroll in a Spanish course above the 151 level after taking the placement exam, you must contact Dr. Bransdorfer who will be able to facilitate your enrollment.

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