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. It is strongly recommended that students take at least one 400 level class at Notre Dame by the end of their junior year.
In addition to the general requirements for the major, Honors Track students must complete an eleventh course at the graduate level with a grade of A- or higher, in which they will write a substantive research paper which constitutes the honor's thesis. If the student does not maintain the 3.7 GPA through graduation and/or earns a grade less than an A-, he or she will receive credit for the course but will not graduate with honors.
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.
Highly motivated students who have already been accepted to the Honors Track may consider the option of taking a year-long Directed Reading Tutorial as the eleventh course, completing an honors thesis (35-45 pages) under faculty direction. The student will receive 1.5 credits in the fall semester for research and preparation of the thesis and 1.5 credits in the spring semester for writing the thesis.
For full consideration, students should contact Professor Juan Vitulli, Coordinator of Undergraduate Studies in Spanish, no later than March 15 of their junior year. Applications for eligible seniors will be accepted through October 1st. Final decisions on admission to the honors track will be made in consultation with Spanish program faculty.
Sigma Delta Pi
The Sigma Delta Pi Spanish honors society is a national organization that is administered through the Department. To qualify for induction into the Honors Society students must have a minimum GPA of 3.8 in the Spanish first or supplementary major and a cumulative GPA of 3.6 or above. Students are normally invited to participate in the spring semester of their junior year.
The current faculty advisor for Sigma Delta Pi is Professor Juan Vitulli.