Major Requirements for the Class of 2019 and beyond. Hispanic Studies majors acquire a broad knowledge of the diverse literatures, cultural products, and cultural histories of Spanish-speaking peoples. In consultation with the faculty in Hispanic Studies, students select courses in a variety of areas.
The major consists of ten courses above SPAN 202, plus a thesis or portfolio, including:
1) SPAN 205. Advanced Spanish, which may be waived for heritage speakers, for students who have completed part of their secondary education in a Spanish-speaking country.
2) SPAN 210. Introduction to Academic Writing in Spanish (W2).
3) SPAN 211 Introduction to Literary and Cultural Analysis.
4) Four elective courses, which may include a combination of the following:
a) 200-level courses above SPAN 211.
b) one Short term course offered by the Hispanic Studies department.
c) one course taught in English and cross-listed between Spanish and another department or interdisciplinary program (i.e. African American studies, American cultural studies, European studies, Latin American studies, Gender and Sexuality Studies, Asian studies, etc.).
d) courses taken in an approved off-campus study program in a Spanish-speaking country (see Off-campus Study).
5) Three 300-level courses on the literatures or cultures of Spain or Latin America taught in Spanish by Bates faculty; the required 200-level courses must be completed prior to taking these courses; students studying off-campus for two semesters in a Spanish-speaking country need only complete two.
6) A capstone project (thesis or portfolio) that demonstrates proficiency in Spanish and competency in Hispanic cultural studies. This may be a literary or cultural analysis of 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, and for SPAN 457 and 458 if completing an honors thesis. For more information, see Capstone.
For student double-majoring in Hispanic Studies 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. Hispanic Studies 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 are 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.