The major consists of 18 courses above the 200 level, nine (9) courses in Hispanic Studies and nine (9) courses in French or Italian Studies. To declare a major, students should meet with the Acting Undergraduate Chairs in each of the languages elected, who will approve a course of studies. Application to a major must be made by the second semester of the sophomore year prior to advance registration for the first semester of the junior year.
Required Courses in Hispanic Studies
Spanish 212 and Spanish 219 OR Spanish 223
One (1) course at the 200 or 300-level
Six (6) courses at the 300-level
Research Requirement: All Hispanic Studies majors will be required to complete a research paper of 12-15 pages in Spanish with bibliography and notes in a 300-level Spanish course of a student' choosing. Students may complete the research requirement anytime during and after the spring semester of their junior year. A copy of the paper must be submitted to both the Undergraduate Chair and Undergraduate Coordinator before the major certification is approved for graduation. Majors may also complete the research requirement by writing a Senior Honors Thesis during the spring of their senior year (SPAN 398). Please contact the Undergraduate Chair for further information.
Other Romance Language: students should consult the appropriate Undergraduate Chair for the other nine (9) courses.
Credit Abroad for the Major in Romance Languages
Students may receive credit for up to four (4) Spanish courses taken in an approved study abroad program. Majors are expected to complete Spanish 202 or Spanish 212 and Spanish 219 or Spanish 223 in the department at Penn before beginning their program abroad. Please note that at least two (2) of the Spanish 300-level courses must be taken in the department at Penn.