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Our Major

Beginning in the Fall 2014 and in future semesters, students entering the department of Spanish and Portuguese will take coursework to fulfill our new major:  Iberian and Latin American Languages and Cultures.  Students may take courses in Spanish or Portuguese or they may take courses in both Spanish and Portuguese. 

This new consolidated degree plan provides students with cultural literacy and critical thinking skills, which are key for achieving successful careers in the arts, humanities, education, government, business, law, medicine, sciences and social services in our globalized and highly competitive world.

Our Faculty’s teaching and research encompass a broad view of literature, linguistics, culture, and audiovisual production of the Iberian and Latin American worlds. The regions studied include Spain; Portugal; Brazil; North, Central, and South America; the Caribbean, and related areas in Africa.

Our program offers summer faculty led study abroad programs in Salvador, Brazil, and Santander, Spain.  Faculty members will also teach a Maymester in Cuba.

1. Iberian and Latin American Languages and Cultures 

In order to take upper division courses in our department, students must complete the last course in the lower division sequence: SPN 611D or SPN 612 (or 312L in transfer) or POR 611D or POR 611S (or 312L in transfer). Prerequisites are strictly enforced to move into upper division courses.

The major consists of 27 semester hours of upper division coursework including:

  • SPN or POR 327C, Advanced Grammar and Writing in Context
  • SPN or POR 328C, Introduction to Literatures and Cultures
  • SPN or POR 330L, Introduction to Language and Linguistics in Society
  • One Capstone Seminar (3 semester hours). Only one Capstone will count.
    • SPN 379C, Capstone Seminar in Literatures and Cultures
    • SPN 379L, Capstone Seminar in Linguistics
    • POR 379C, Capstone Seminar in Literatures and Cultures
    • POR 379L, Capstone Seminar in Linguistics

In addition, students will take 15 additional semester hours of Spanish or Portuguese course work.

  • 3 hours of the 27 must be taken in POR or PRC (Portuguese Civilization taught in English) if the majority of the courses are taken in Spanish, or SPN or SPC (Spanish Civilization) if the majority of the courses are taken in Portuguese. 

Until the expiration of the 2010-2012 and the 2012-2014 catalogos, the Undergraduate Program of the Department of Spanish and Portuguese offers a Bachelor of Arts in Liberal Arts with majors in both Spanish and Portuguese. 

Under the Portuguese major, students may choose to study Portuguese or a combined concentration of Spanish and Portuguese.

Under the Spanish major, students must select one of four concentrations: Language Teaching, Hispanic Linguistics, Hispanic Literature, and Hispanic Studies.

1.1 The Portuguese Major

In addition to the Core and Liberal Arts area requirements, a major in Portuguese requires 27 upper division hours of coursework, 3 hours of which must contain Luso-Brazilian content. Also housed under the Portuguese major, the Spanish and Portuguese concentration provides a second option for students wishing to study both Spanish and Portuguese. This concentration requires 15 hours of upper division grammar, literature, and civilization in each language.

For degree plans from earlier catalogs and sample four-year plans, click here

1.2 The Spanish Major

In addition to the Core and Liberal Arts area requirements, a major in Spanish requires 27 hours of upper division coursework.  The major is divided into four concentrations, and each concentration has a different degree plan.  All Spanish majors will take courses under the categories of grammar, writing, Hispanic linguistics, literature, and civilization.  However, the amount of coursework taken in each category depends on the student’s chosen concentration. For students who do not have a proclivity toward literature, linguistics, or teaching and are looking for a “general” Spanish degree plan, the Hispanic Studies concentration is usually the most appropriate choice. 

For degree plans from earlier catalogs and sample four-year plans, click here

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