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As a Spanish or Italian student in the Faculty of Arts, you will learn about the Spanish or Italian language and the rich variety of literature and culture. The department of French, Spanish and Italian has many opportunities for you to explore, with three main areas of study in Spanish and Italian:

  1. Language: the study of the vocabulary, grammar and syntax of the Spanish and/or Italian language.
  2. Literature: the study of poetry, prose and drama from various historical periods..
  3. Culture and Civilization: the study of the development of Spanish and/or Italian civilization and culture.

Skills you will gain by studying SPANISH AND ITALIAN

  • A comprehensive knowledge of the Spanish and/or Italian language (writing, speaking, reading, listening and translation)
  • An understanding of the relationship between language and culture
  • The ability to critically evaluate text, media and other cultural forms and independently research new areas of information
  • The ability to communicate effectively in Spanish and/or Italian

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This resource is meant as a guide to provide suggestions throughout your time at university. Develop a plan and timeline that suits you best. Make intentional choices for your courses and work experiences.

* Refer to the Academic Calendar for a complete list of program requirements.

Year 1 - 30 credit hours ➔



Course requirements:
Spanish: SPAN 1180 or SPAN 1190

Italian: ITLN 1080

To do this year:

  1. Know the requirements for your degree. Meet with an academic advisor to help you plan your program
  2. Check out the Financial Aid and Awards Office to search for funding sources to help finance your education.
  3. If you need academic support, visit the Academic Learning Centre for workshops or to meet with a learning skills instructor.


Start planning your career:

  1. Meet with a career consultant to generate career ideas based on your interests, values, personality and skills.
  2. Research occupations that match your skills and interests.
  3. Set up a careerCONNECT account to view job postings and register for workshops and events.
  4. Set up your Co-Curricular Record (CCR), an official record of university-approved activities.


Link experiences to your career interests. Options include:

  1. Student groups including Spanish and Italian Club or Arts Student Body Council.
  2. Join the University of Manitoba Volunteer Program to volunteer for Info Days and other promotional events on campus.
  3. Student work opportunities including Work-Study, STEP Services or Federal Student Work Experience Program.
  4. Experiential education opportunities such as Alternative Reading Week Winnipeg.


Considering international opportunities? Attend World Opportunities Week in November for information about opportunities around the world.

Explore communities and cultures you want to work with: Visit the Spanish and Italian Centre, the Language Centre or learn about local agencies via the Manitoba Contact Guide.

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Year 2 - 60 credit hours ➔



Course requirements:
Spanish: SPAN 1262 and SPAN 1272 or SPAN 1290

Italian: ITLN 2080 or ITLN 2090 and ITLN 2100, plus additional required courses*

To do this year:

  1. Should you follow a 3-or-4 year plan? Meet with an academic advisor and career consultant to map out your options.
  2. When choosing a minor, take courses that will open opportunities.


Make professional connections:

  1. Join the Career Mentor Program to learn from professionals.
  2. Attend career fairs to connect with employers.
  3. Develop professional connections with professors by applying for an Undergraduate Research Award.

Market your skills: Develop your resumé and cover letter and refine your interview skills.


Explore student research opportunities: Apply for a research assistant position or Undergraduate Research Award.

Gain practical experience by volunteering: Check out Folklorama, Spanish Club of Winnipeg or Volunteers in Public Service (VIPS) program.

Find opportunities to market yourself: Become a Faculty of Arts Student Ambassador or join the Student Leadership Development Program.


Develop global career skills and expand intercultural learning: Consider an international student exchange to Mexico or Chile, Ecuador Service-Learning Experience, My World Abroad or SWAP for a “working holiday”.

Staying local? Check out the World W.I.S.E. Ambassador Program or Reading Buddies. Practice your conversational French through the Volunteer Language Exchange Program.

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Year 3 - 90 credit hours ➔



Course requirements:
Spanish: SPAN 2550, plus additional SPAN courses*

Italian: 6 credit hours from ITLN 3050, ITLN 3060, ITLN 3760 and ITLN 3770, plus additional required courses*

To do this year: Confirm eligibility to graduate with an academic advisor and declare intent to graduate in Aurora (3-year option).


Investigate your career options:

  1. Look at sample job postings to ensure you have the qualifications upon graduation.
  2. Develop employability and essential skills sought by employers.
  3. Explore supports available to entrepreneurs for business planning such as the Business Start Program.
  4. Create a LinkedIn profile to network with professionals.

Consider continuing your studies: Check out the Faculty of Graduate Studies, Extended Education or other academic institutions.


Continue or start research: Participate in the Undergraduate Research Poster Competition.

Check out student job opportunities with: Winnipeg Public Library or become a Writing Tutor with the Academic Learning Centre.

Search for job opportunities online: Check out Spain.gc.ca, Italy.gc.ca, Job Bank, Find My Job, Indeed or other search engines.

Use your networks and connections: Inquire about unadvertised job openings (the "hidden job market").


Did you travel abroad? Write an article about your experience for World W.I.S.E magazine.

Participate in the multicultural opportunities on campus: Attend International Week, participate in the Intercultural Development and Leadership Program, volunteer for the International Student Mentorship Program or take part in Graduation Pow Wow.

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Year 4 - 120 credit hours ➔



Course requirements:
Spanish: 15 credit hours in SPAN at the 3000 level

Italian: Complete any outstanding course requirements*

To do this year:

  1. Confirm eligibility to graduate with an academic advisor and declare intent to graduate in Aurora.


Start job search 9 months in advance: Contact Career Services to refine your job search and self-marketing strategies. You can visit the office up to 6 months after graduation.

If you are continuing on to graduate school: Finalize your application materials and required tests. Use the awards database to search for funding and awards to help finance your continuing education. Contact your department to find out how their awards deadlines are advertised.



Ensure you have references in place: Ask your professor for a reference or a letter of recommendation if you're applying for graduate school.

Assess your resumé: Identify any gaps in experience and fill them through volunteering, work placements or internships such as the Odyssey program.


Prepare to work in a multicultural environment: Visit Canada’s Visit Canada's National Research Centre for Truth and Reconciliation on campus or register for a Cultural Competence Workshop through Extended Education.

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Sample Careers ➔


Sample careers with an undergraduate degree and related experience

  • Citizenship and Immigration Agent
  • Communications Officer
  • Cultural Resource Manager
  • Exchange Program Coordinator
  • Foreign Communication Analyst
  • Foreign Intelligence Analyst
  • Foreign Service Officer
  • Immigration Settlement Worker
  • International Student Advisor
  • Interpreter
  • Language Training Coordinator
  • Lexicographer
  • Library Service Assistant
  • Terminologist
  • Tourism Development Officer
  • Verbatim Reporter

Options requiring other education

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What Do Employers Want? ➔


Industries such as business, communications, education, government and justice would value a Spanish or Italian degree in combination with the employability skills that are highly sought after by employers. These include:*

  • Oral and written communication
  • Critical thinking
  • Problem solving
  • Teamwork
  • Cultural Competency
  • Digital technology
  • Continuous learning

Attain skills through your classroom education by taking advantage of experiential education opportunities.

*Information has been adapted from Employability Skills 2000+ and Workplace Education Manitoba – Essential Skills.

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