A total of eight courses at the 300- or 400-level (and HPS 202, if beginning at/below this level) are required for the major. Students are strongly encouraged, however, to continue to take courses in the language throughout the period up to graduation. Students may also count ILC (International Literature & Culture) courses that deal with Hispanic culture in English, if they do all written work in Spanish and as much reading and research in that language as possible. All majors are strongly encouraged to complete a semester (or a year) of overseas study in a Spanish-speaking country. A summer program of appropriate length and content may be substituted.
All majors must complete a project during their senior year. Students have several options to fulfill this requirement. They may take comprehensive examinations, consisting of both written and oral sections. Those students with a GPA in the major of at least 3.4 or with permission of the departmental faculty may choose to do a thesis on a literary or cultural topic or a translation of a work into English with an introductory essay written in Spanish. Performances or exhibits with appropriate written documentation, as well as pedagogical or computer-related projects may also be considered in consultation with the faculty.
Native Language Assistants
This video highlights some of the department’s Spanish language assistants from previous years.