Major Requirements for the Class of 2018
Major Requirements for the Class of 2018. Spanish majors acquire a broad knowledge of the diverse literatures, cultural products, and cultural histories of Spanish-speaking peoples. In consultation with the faculty in Spanish, students elect courses in a variety of areas.
The majors consists of ten courses above SPAN 207, plus a thesis or portfolio, including:
1) SPAN 208. Advanced Spanish (renumbered SPAN 205 after fall 2015), which may be waived for heritage speakers or students who have completed part of their secondary education in a Spanish-speaking country.
2) Two courses from among the following:
SPAN 211. Introduction to Literary and Cultural Analysis.
SPAN 215. Readings in Spanish American Literature. (renumbered SPAN 230 after fall 2015)
SPAN 216. Readings in Peninsular Spanish Literature. (renumbered SPAN 231 after fall 2015)
SPAN 217. Literature and Screen. (renumbered SPAN 228 after fall 2015)
**The following courses offered starting fall 2015 also fulfill this requirement: SPAN 210 Writing in Spanish; SPAN 222 Short Narrative in the Spanish-speaking World; SPAN 224 Protest & Justice; SPAN 226 Gender & Sexualities.
3) Four elective courses above SPAN 208 (renumbered SPAN 205 after fall 2015), which may include:
a) one Short term course offered by the Spanish department;
b) one course taught in English by Spanish faculty and offered in African American studies, American cultural studies, European studies, Latin American studies, or women and gender studies;
c) courses taken in an approved off-campus study program in a Spanish-speaking country (see Off-Campus Study)
4) Three 300-level courses on the literatures or cultures of Spain or Latin America taught in Spanish by Bates faculty.
5) A capstone project that demonstrates proficiency in Spanish and competency in Hispanic cultural studies. This may be a literary or cultural analysis on a topic related to the Hispanic world, a creative project, a translation, or a digital portfolio. Thesis writers register for SPAN 457 in the fall or winter, and for SPAN 457 and 458 if completing an honors thesis. Students pursuing the portfolio option register fro SPAN 457 in the winter. For more information, see Capstone.
For students double-majoring in Spanish and Latin American studies: No more than one course may be applied to both the Spanish major and the Latin American studies major.
Off-campus study. Spanish majors are encouraged to gain proficiency in the language through the experience of studying in a Spanish-speaking country. For the major a maximum of three credits is normally recognized for one semester, and five for two semesters of study in an approved program. In addition to Bates Off-Campus Study Office staff, students must also seek the guidance of their Spanish major adviser when selecting a program and designing a course of study abroad. For more information, see Off-Campus Study.
Pass/Fail Grading Option. The use of the pass/fail option is restricted to one course, but may not be elected for the 300-level.
Credit Transfer. Courses taken at other institutions in Languages other than Spanish are not given credit by the department.