Overview

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 Spanish program 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.

Spanish majors 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 Liberal Arts with an emphasis 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.

Mission

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

Requirements and Costs

Degrees and Certificates

Associate of Arts in Liberal Arts - Spanish Focus

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Delivery Formats:
Traditional, Hybrid, Online

Important Dates for Credit Programs

  Summer 2015 Fall 2015 Spring 2016
Registration Open April 13 April 13 November 9
Financial Aid Priority Date May 11 July 13 November 23
Admission Deadline May 15 August 7 December 21
Last Day to Register May 29 August 21 January 8
Tuition and Fees Due May 29 August 21 January 8
Classes Begin June 1* August 24 January 11
*Some classes begin before this date. See class schedule for more information.

Advising

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

Transfer

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.

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.

Professions

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

Locations

Nampa Campus Academic Building

Directions
5500 E. Opportunity Dr. Nampa, ID 83687

Ada County Campus Pintail Center

Directions
1360 S. Eagle Flight Way, Boise, ID 83709

Canyon County Center

Directions
2407 Caldwell Blvd., Nampa, ID 83651

Nampa Campus Aspen Classroom Building

Directions
6002 Birch Lane, Nampa, ID 83687

Nampa Campus Multipurpose Building

Directions
6042 Birch Lane, Nampa, ID 83687

Instructors

Instructors