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World Languages and Cultures


Spanish is Central!

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

Spanish Students perform in their Marichi band for the World Languages Spring Celebration


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.

Minor Requirements:

SPAN 251, 252, 253  (Second year Spanish)

SPAN 341  (Comp & Gram I)

*Must have 8 approved elective credits*

Major Requirements:

SPAN 251, 252, 253  (Second year Spanish)

SPAN 341 & 342 ( Comp & Gram I & II)

SPAN 301 ( Intro to Literature)

SPAN 310 (Civ & Culture)

Language Electives - 8 credits

Literature Electives - 8 credits

For Heritage Speakers Please see the Heritage Spanish Page

Check out the Study Abroad page for available programs!

Career Services

Spanish Placement Testing

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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