Spanish Major Requirements

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Major and Supplementary Major Requirements

Spanish Major and Supplementary Major Worksheet.

Major Requirements

The first major in Spanish requires 30 credits or ten courses at the 20202 level or above including:
• ROSP 30310 (TIntroduction to Hispanic Literature and Cultures · previously titled "Textual Analysis") and one course in each of three of the four distribution areas of Spanish and Spanish American literature
• Five electives, at least two of which must be at the 40-000 (senior) level and no more than two at the 20-000 level 
• Senior Seminar

Equivalent literature and culture courses from international study programs or other universities may be substituted with departmental approval. A minimum of fifty percent of the credits toward the major must be taken in residence at Notre Dame. AP credit may not be applied toward the major. 

Students are allowed to take one related course in English outside of the department of Romance Language, and Literatures (for example, Colonial Latin American History, taken in the History Department) and one course in Spanish outside of the discipline of literature and culture (for example, a theology course taken in Spanish in a study abroad program), with the approval of their adivser and the Undergraduate Coordinator. 

Supplementary Major Requirements

The supplementary major consists of 24 credits or eight courses 20202 or above, including:
• A core sequence consisting of ROSP 30310 (Introduction to Hispanic Literature and Cultures · previously titled "Textual Analysis") and one course in each of three of the four distribution areas of Spanish and Spanish American literature
• Four electives, at least one of which must be at the 40-000 (senior) level and no more than two at the 20-000 level

Equivalent literature and culture courses from international study programs or other universities may be substituted with departmental approval. A minimum of fifty percent of the credits toward the major must be taken in residence at Notre Dane. AP credit may not be applied toward the major.

Students are allowed to take one related course in English outside of the department of Romance Language, and Literatures (for example, Colonial Latin American History, taken in the History Department) and one course in Spanish outside of the discipline of literature and culture (for example, a theology course taken in Spanish in a study abroad program), with the approval of their advisor and the Undergraduate Coordinator. 

GRADUATION WITH DISTINCTION

We encourage all majors to pursue graduation with distinction by writing a thesis. You can earn one of two levels of recognition for your work: Distinction or High Distinction. A departmental committee will determine the level of distinction on the basis of the oral examination, the conduct of the research, and the quality of the written thesis. This committee will include your supervising professor and two other faculty members from the department.

Eligibility

Spanish Major: minimum 3.3 GPA overall, 3.4 in the major

Your grade point average must be sustained until graduation.

How to Apply

Students interested in pursuing graduation with distinction should submit the application form to Professor Juan Vitulli (Undergraduate Coordinator). You must complete the application no later than the end of registration for the fall semester of your senior year. You must also approach the professor who will supervise your thesis work.

During your senior year, you will register in the FALL for Senior Research Seminar, conducted in the target language, and during this time you will choose your thesis topic and begin to develop the thesis. In the spring semester, you will register for the independent study course designated as Senior Thesis, and will complete your thesis under the direction of your supervising professor

Description

The Senior Thesis is a written capstone project that is a requirement for graduation with distinction for motivated seniors in the Spanish program. The Senior Thesis typically involves a significant research component, but the emphasis is still on original thought. Regardless of the nature of the project, the Senior Thesis might best be viewed as an extended essay. In formulating, researching, and writing the Thesis, students majoring in Spanish will work one-on-one with a Thesis director.

Your thesis, offered in support of candidacy for graduation with distinction, will be a written document of approximately 40 pages in length. The thesis may be written in English or Spanish. You will defend your thesis (in Spanish) before the committee no later than the last day of the spring semester. The defense will be conducted orally and usually lasts approximately 45 minutes to an hour.

Students should begin thinking about a Thesis or Project in their third year at Notre Dame. Those who study in Spain or Latin America in the spring of their junior year may want to write to professors they might want to work with, indicating their potential thesis interests. Ideally, students will begin to research topics and prepare a reading list for the thesis during the summer before their senior year. The Department expects students to have three readers for their thesis, the advisor and two other readers. Typically, the advisor for the project will be a faculty member in Spanish, as will at least one of the secondary readers. Both advisor and student will agree on the amount of consultation required and deadlines for submitting drafts and completing readings. It is important that all parties have a clear sense of procedures and deadlines.

Students planning to write a Senior Thesis in Spanish must:

  • Submit the title and abstract of the project, along with the names and signatures of their advisor and readers by October 15th of the student’s senior year
  • Complete at least an outline and a bibliography for the project during the fall semester while taking the Senior Seminar; for many students the paper required for completion of the Senior Seminar will form part of the final thesis
  • The second semester of the senior year must be devoted to completing the writing or the project work, and a full draft of the thesis or project must be submitted to the advisor by March 15th
  • The final, complete version of the thesis or project must be submitted by April 15th. Students should submit one copy to each reader and one electronic and one hard copy to the Department.

Honors Track Major Requirements

To be eligible for the honors track in Spanish, students must be first majors with a minimum GPA of 3.7 in the major, and at least seven courses completed toward the major. Although Spanish majors are admitted to the honors track by invitation, qualified students may petition for admission in the second semester of their junior year.

Read more about the honors track

Interdisciplinary Minors

Spanish courses may be applied toward one of the interdisciplinary minors offered through the Kellogg Institute, Institute for Latino Studies, the Medieval Institute and the Nanovic Institute for European Studies.