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hispanic studies

Requirements for Majors and Minors

The Undergraduate Program in Hispanic Studies

The Major in Hispanic Studies
The Dual Major in Romance Languages
Honors in Hispanic Studies
The Minor in Hispanic Studies
The Certificate in Spanish Language
Transfer of Credit
Advising

The demographic, economic and political realities of the United States, the articulation of a mainstream English culture with an always increasing diversity of Hispanic and Latino cultures, and the ongoing forging of strong cultural and economic ties throughout the Americas, have moved Spanish out of the bounds of the category of "foreign" language and culture in this country. There are many instances that point to the fact that Spanish will become--de facto if not officially--a second national language and culture of the United States. Furthermore, in Europe, Spain is assuming an ever-more significant role in the affairs of the European Union. The process of post-Franco democratization in that country has fostered an environment of cultural, linguistic and political diversity that serves as a fascinating model for the rest of Europe, both east and west.

Hence, the knowledge of Spanish culture gives students much more than the ability to communicate in the third-most-spoken language of the world. It prepares them to account for an entirely different national, continental and global reality in all its complexity. Since culture is the controlling category in this field of studies, the major in Hispanic Studies orients itself to the types of knowledge generated by new disciplines such as cultural studies, new historicism, ethics, and postcolonial studies.

Majors in Hispanic Studies are overwhelmingly double majors. This means that they bring to their classes a dialogic perspective that engages in the study of Hispanic cultures informed by interest in other fields such as history, government, sociology, economics, medicine, and law. The richness and depth of these interests make for lively and intellectually rewarding classroom discussions.


THE MAJOR IN HISPANIC STUDIES

The major consists of 12 courses above Spanish 200. To declare a major students should meet with the Acting 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.

Required Courses (must be taken in the department at Penn)
Spanish 202: “Advanced Spanish” or Spanish 212: “Advanced Spanish Syntax”
Spanish 219: “Texts and Contexts of Hispanic Civilization” or Spanish 223: “Perspectives of Spanish and Latin American Literature”
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 Acting 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 Acting 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 a study abroad program approved by the Acting Undergraduate Chair. 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. At least three (3) of the Spanish 300-level courses and Spanish 400 must be taken in the department at Penn.


THE DUAL MAJOR IN ROMANCE LANGUAGES

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 202 or Spanish 212 and Spanish 219 or Spanish 223
Six (6) courses at the 300-level
Spanish 400 (see Hispanic Studies major for details)
Other Romance Language: students should consult the appropriate Acting 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 a study abroad program approved by the Acting Undergraduate Chair. 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. At least two (2) of the Spanish 300-level courses and Spanish 400 must be taken in the department at Penn.


HONORS IN HISPANIC STUDIES

Applicants for honors majors should have during the fall term of their senior year an average of at least 3.5 in the major and at least a 3.3 overall GPA. They register for Spanish 398 (1 c.u.) in the spring semester of their senior year and write a senior thesis in Spanish of approximately 35-40 pages in length under the supervision of a Hispanic Studies faculty member whose area of expertise coincides with the subject of the thesis. In order to qualify for honors in Hispanic Studies, students must receive at least an A- in Spanish 398. Otherwise they simply receive one course unit for their thesis, but do not graduate with honors in their major. Interested majors should confer with the Acting Undergraduate Chair early in the fall semester of their senior year to select a thesis advisor and to discuss the requirements of the Honors Program.


THE MINOR IN HISPANIC STUDIES

The minor consists of 6 courses above Spanish 200. To declare a minor in Hispanic Studies, students should meet with the Acting Undergraduate Chair, after successful completion of Spanish 219 or Spanish 223.

Required courses (must be taken in the department at Penn)
Spanish 202: “Advanced Spanish” or Spanish 212: “Advanced Spanish Syntax”
Spanish 219: “Texts and Contexts of Hispanic Civilization” or Spanish 223: “Perspectives of Spanish and Latin American Literature”

Elective courses
Three (3) courses must be taken at the 300-level; of these, two (2) must be taken in the department at Penn. The remaining course may be taken at the 200- or 300-level. All courses must be taught in Spanish.

Credit Abroad for the Minor
Students may receive credit for up to two (2) courses taken in a study abroad program approved by the Acting Undergraduate Chair. Minors 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. At least two (2) of the Spanish 300-level courses must be taken in the department at Penn.


THE CERTIFICATE IN SPANISH LANGUAGE

Students who have completed any three courses in the 200-300 level sequence are eligible for the Language Certificate in Spanish. At least two (2) of these courses must be taken in the department at Penn. Only courses taught in Spanish count towards the Certificate. A grade of "B+" or above is required in all three courses.To apply for the certificate, please e-mail the Undergraduate Coordinator with a list of the relevant courses during the fall or spring semester of your senior year.


TRANSFER OF CREDIT

In order to evaluate requests for transfer credit, the following material should be provided with a Transfer Credit Application: a catalogue course description, an actual course syllabus, list of assigned readings and texts used, corrected and graded tests, examinations, and/or papers used for evaluating student's work. Credit will be awarded only for courses taken in time frames equivalent to SAS schedules (semester and summer sessions).


ADVISING

The Department of Romance Languages maintains a web site at http://ccat.sas.upenn.edu/roml. It is a repository for all information about the Department, including course descriptions, profiles of the faculty, requirements for major and minor programs, etc. For advising on Spanish language courses, contact the Language Program Director; for advising on major and minor programs, transfer credit, and general advising on Spanish courses and programs abroad, contact the Acting Undergraduate Chair.

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