In today’s growing global economy and in the interconnected world community, language skills are in more demand than ever. A second language can open many doors in both your personal and professional life. Whether you’re seeking employment in a specific field, such as government, international business, health care, law enforcement, interpreting, or looking to make more personal connections with family or friends, the acquisition of a second language can be a great benefit. The Associate of Arts degree in Spanish at the College of Western Idaho (CWI) will help you accomplish your goals and can set you on the path to a bilingual and bicultural education.

Students in this program will complete the general education requirements of all Idaho public universities and begin specialization in the Spanish language and culture. The program is designed to result in an Associate degree in Spanish. Students will have a strong foundation in basic language skills and be well placed to transfer to another institution with the goal of achieving a Bachelor’s degree.


Our mission is to provide students with a multi-cultural language learning experience that will broaden their perception of the world and their place in it. We believe the study of Spanish provides skills for communicating and connecting in today’s global community, deepens cultural awareness and empathy, and inspires lifelong learning essential to personal and professional success.

Why This Program

The Spanish program is designed to help students to communicate in a second language in meaningful real world contexts. It offers a chance to develop cultural awareness and to connect with other disciplines through the second language. Students will have the opportunity to apply language skills and to continue developing these skills for personal enrichment.

What You Will Learn to Do

  • Develop language skills in reading, writing, listening and speaking, and be able to communicate effectively at the intermediate level
  • Explain their own cultural perspective and make meaningful comparisons between it and other cultural perspectives
  • Conduct research in the target language at the intermediate level
  • Use critical thinking skills to compare the similarities and differences between the languages and cultures

Respectful Community

The College of Western Idaho is committed to maintaining a Respectful Community by providing equal opportunity for all individuals and does not discriminate in services, benefits, or activities on the basis of race, color, national origin, religion, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, disability status, veteran status, age, or any other legally protected status.  More on Title IX

Requirements and Costs

Degrees and Certificates

Spanish, Associates of Arts



Delivery Formats:
Traditional, Hybrid, Online

Important Dates for Credit Programs

  Spring 2017 Summer 2017 Fall 2017
Registration Open November 14 April 10 April 10
Financial Aid Priority Date December 5 May 15 July 10
Admission Deadline December 30 May 19 August 4
Last Day to Register January 13 June 2 August 18
Tuition and Fees Due January 13 June 2 August 18
Classes Begin January 17* June 5* August 21
*Some classes begin before or after this date. See the class schedule for more information.


Navigating your way through college can be confusing, especially if you try to go it alone. CWI One Stop Student Services offers advising assistance, to help in deciding which courses you need to take to complete your educational goals. Visit Advising for more information or contact One Stop Student Services to schedule an appointment.

Connecting With Ideas

Connecting With Ideas (CWID 101) is the first semester student success course designed to help CWI students become engaged members of the academic community and cultivate habits for lifelong achievement and success. Each semester, students can select from a variety of themes. More information about next semesters CWID 101 themes


Look beyond your degree at CWI and plan for continuing your education by working closely with CWI advising and representatives of your intended transfer school. Planning before you transfer can save you time and money. Visit Transfer Information for more information or contact One Stop Student Services.

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Financial Aid Available

Did you know that as a student in this program you may be eligible for financial aid? Through grants, scholarships, and loans, more than 60 percent of first-time, full-time CWI students receive some form of financial assistance. To learn more about financial aid options and whether you may be eligible, visit Financial Aid.

Tuition and Fees

Tuition for a full-time CWI student averages half the cost of a state university and a third of the cost of a private college. Tuition and fees vary based on program and residence. Visit Tuition and Fees for more information.

Career Info

By pursuing advanced degrees, Spanish Majors may enter a variety of professional fields. In many of these career paths, such as teaching and interpreting, Spanish will be the main focus. In other fields Spanish can supplement additional skills supporting careers in international business, international relations or work with the federal government.


  • Teachers
  • Professors
  • Medical/Court Interpreters
  • International Business Professionals
  • International Relations
  • Ambassadors
  • Military
  • Translators


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