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Program Overview

Are you eager to expand your linguistic skills and cultural understanding? College of Western Idaho’s (CWI) Associate of Arts degree in Spanish is your path to becoming bilingual and bicultural. This program is uniquely tailored for those seeking to enhance their professional opportunities in government, international business, healthcare, law enforcement, or interpreting, as well as for those wishing to forge stronger personal connections. The fully-online degree offers flexibility and immersion in language learning, providing extensive practice in reading, writing, listening, and speaking.

Completing this program not only meets the general education requirements of all Idaho public institutions but also equips you with a strong foundation in basic language skills. You will be well-prepared to transfer to another institution with the goal of achieving a bachelor's degree. Engaging in this program also means developing critical thinking and problem-solving skills as you learn to express your thoughts in Spanish and compare various cultural perspectives.

Degree or Certificate Type

Associate of Arts

Fully Online

Time to Complete

2 years

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Learning Opportunities

  • Language Skill Development: Attain proficiency in Spanish, enhancing your communication skills for diverse settings.
  • Cultural Awareness: Gain insights into different cultures, fostering a better understanding of global perspectives.
  • Research Skills: Conduct research in Spanish, improving your information literacy and language mastery.
  • Critical Thinking: Enhance problem-solving skills by comparing linguistic and cultural nuances.
  • Community Engagement: Participate in Spanish-speaking communities, applying your language skills and gaining empathy.

Area of Study

Degrees & Certificates

Spanish – Associate of Arts Degree




Available Fully Online

Degree Requirements
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Career Opportunities

  • Postsecondary Teachers


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  • Secondary School Teachers, Except Special and Career/Technical Education

    Teach one or more subjects to students at the secondary school level.


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  • Interpreters and Translators

    Interpret oral or sign language, or translate written text from one language into another.


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*Data sourced from Lightcast™ (2023), a global leader in labor market analytics, and limited to the state of Idaho. Contact CWI Institutional Research for questions regarding this data.


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  • Complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).
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