Honors Opportunities and Awards


Honors Track

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 

Class of 2015 Sigma Delta Pi

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 particpate in the Spring semester of their senior year. The Sigma Delta Pi Spanish honors society is a national organization that is administered through the Department. The current faculty advisor for Sigma Delta Pi is Professor Juan Vitulli.

Spanish Service Awards

To be eligible students must have minimum GPA of 3.5 and must be a graduating senior. Awards are open to majors and non-majors and students must be nominated. Students     should apply by February 13th, for additional information please contact Professor Rachel Parroquin.
Important documents. Nomination Form For Spanish Service Award  Nominee Application For Spanish Service Award

Each spring, the University of Notre Dame recognizes select graduating seniors for their outstanding service to the community through the use of their Spanish language skills and cultural knowledge.
The awards are…

  • The Mara Fox Award for Service to the Hispanic Community
    To the senior who has studied Spanish at Notre Dame and contributed outstanding service to the Hispanic community
  • William Richardson Award in Hispanic Culture
    To the African-American senior who has studied Spanish at Notre Dame and demonstrated an active interest in, and awareness of, Hispanic culture
  • Jose Tito Siguenza Award for Service to Hispanic Youth
    To the senior who has studied Spanish at Notre Dame and contributed outstanding service to Hispanic youth
  • Albert Le May Award for Service to the Hispanic Community
    To the senior who participated in the Puebla Program and used the Spanish Language to serve the community
  • Carlos Aballi Award in Hispanic Cultural Awareness
    To the senior who has studied Spanish at Notre Dame, demonstrated pride in their Hispanic culture and given significant service to the Hispanic community