Major in Hispanic Studies

The major consists of 12 courses above Spanish 200. To declare a major students should meet with the Undergraduate Chair, who will approve a course of study. 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. For a course to count for the major or minor, a student must earn a minimum grade of C.

Required Courses (must be taken in the department at Penn)

1. Spanish 202: “Advanced Spanish” OR Spanish 212: "Advanced Spanish II: Grammar & Composition” 

  • Students who complete SPAN 202 with a grade of A or A- have the option of skipping SPAN 212 and enrolling directly into SPAN 219 or SPAN 223. 

2. Spanish 219: “Texts and Contexts of Hispanic Civilization” OR Spanish 223: “Introduction to Literary Analysis” 

Elective Courses

Ten (10) additional courses are required for the completion of the major; seven (7) must be taken at the 300-level. Of the seven 300-level courses, three (3) must be completed in the department at Penn. The remaining three (3) credits may be taken either at the 200- or 300-level. All programs of study must be approved by the Undergraduate Chair.

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's 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.

Credit Abroad for the Major

Students may receive credit for up to six (6) 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 three (3) of the Spanish 300-level courses must be taken in the department at Penn.

 

Requirements for Students Graduating in Spring 2018 (and previous semesters)

Required Courses (must be taken in the department at Penn)

Spanish 202: “Advanced Spanish” or Spanish 212: “Advanced Spanish II: Grammar & Composition”
Spanish 219: “Texts and Contexts of Hispanic Civilization” or Spanish 223: “Introduction to Literary Analysis”
Spanish 400: “Conference Course for Majors”

Elective Courses

Nine (9) additional courses are required for the completion of the major; seven (7) must be taken at the 300-level. Of the seven 300-level courses, three (3) must be completed in the department at Penn. The remaining two (2) credits may be taken either at the 200- or 300-level. All programs of study must be approved by the Undergraduate Chair.

Research Requirement

All Hispanic Studies majors will be required to complete a research paper of 15 pages in Spanish with bibliography and notes in Spanish 400 during the fall semester of their senior year. One copy of the paper must be submitted to the Undergraduate Chair before the major certification is approved for graduation.

Credit Abroad for the Major

Students may receive credit for up to six (6) 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 three (3) of the Spanish 300-level courses, as well as Spanish 400, must be taken in the department at Penn.