Welcome to the Spanish Program!

Important to note:

All 2020-2021 Spanish Program courses will be delivered through remote and online teaching formats. For more information, please click here.
Answers to more questions about Fall 2020 can be found here.

For any Spanish Program related questions or for more information about any aspect of the program, contact its Coordinator, Dr. Maria Figueredo, at mfiguere@yorku.ca.


The Spanish Program specializes in Spanish language and linguistics, and in the literature and cultures of Spain and Spanish America, ensuring an academically sound, coherent and unified curriculum with the flexibility to adapt as disciplines evolve. A constant, fruitful dialogue between language and literature ensures the development of students’ capacities in the 5Cs summarized by ACTFL's WORLD-READINESS STANDARDS FOR LEARNING LANGUAGES: Communication: Communicate effectively in more than one language in order to function in a variety of situations and for multiple purposes. Cultures: Interact with cultural competence and understanding. Connections: Connect with other disciplines and acquire information and diverse perspectives in order to use the language to function in academic and career-related situations. Comparisons: Develop insight into the nature of language in order to interact with cultural competence. Communities: Communicate and interact with cultural competence in order to participate in multilingual communities at home and around the world.

Representing one of the world’s most widely spoken languages, the DLLL Spanish Program educates students and leads them to discover the fascinating social and cultural context of the Spanish-speaking world. Our courses explore a range of topics from the development of the Spanish language to an examination of its varieties worldwide; from the literature of the Spanish Civil War to the vast, innovative work of Latin America's writers; from Cervantes and the modern novel, to micro literature and songs as poetry. From the hybrid oral roots of literature to the ever-present dialogue between European, Indigenous and African voices in Latin American cultural productions.

At York, students can pursue a variety of Major or Minor programs in Spanish or select individual courses to complement their existing areas of study. Many of our courses are open to students from all disciplines.

Our program:

  • develops students’ abilities to engage with new knowledge and apply varied research methodologies in relation to the Spanish-speaking world;
  • develops students’ communicative and cultural expression in multiple registers;
  • enhances students’ creative and intellectual development;
  • stimulates thinking critically about linguistic codes, literary analysis and cultural content;
  • assists learners to rely on social sense-making through networks.

The Spanish Program also offers students several co-curricular ways to connect, network and explore the rich cultural heritage of Spain and Spanish America beyond the classroom:

  • Be nominated to have works published in Acentos, our online newsletter and magazine;
  • Connect with community and university-wide activities, lecture series, theatre and music/literary events (Click here for news on events);
  • Gain valuable research and intercultural skills, and build your international networks by participating in faculty-led research projects.