Spanish

Department of Spanish and Portuguese

The Department of Spanish and Portuguese offers an A.B. Degree in Spanish and a minor in Spanish

Major in Spanish

Requirements for the A.B. in Spanish

10 Spanish courses (minimum, unless placement requires additional language study) consisting of:

  1. 1 course to demonstrate mastery of Advanced Spanish: SPAN 104 (Advanced Spanish II) or SPAN 110 (Intensive Advanced Spanish). Students who begin their study of Spanish above the advanced level may substitute a 200-level elective. Heritage speakers may substitute SPAN-203 or SPAN-384 (Advanced Spanish for Heritage Speakers I and II).
  2. 2 semesters of a literature and culture of Spain or Latin America from among the following courses: Spain: Literature and Culture I and II (SPAN-241, SPAN-242), Latin America: Literature and Culture I and II (SPAN-261, SPAN-262). These courses must be taken on campus. Any two of these courses c4an be taken, and they may be taken in any order. 
  3. 1 semester Introduction to Spanish Linguistics (SPAN-210). (This course satisfies one semester of the College core requirement in Social Science.)
  4. 1 semester Spanish linguistics course to be chosen from among the following:  Structure of the Spanish Language (SPAN-212 or 412), Bilingualism: The Mind and Its Context (SPAN-313), Spanish Phonetics (SPAN-330), Teaching Spanish (SPAN-392),  Spanish Sociolinguistics (SPAN-396); History of the Spanish Language (SPAN-427); or World Spanishes (SPAN-499).  (This second linguistics course, in combination with SPAN 210, completes the College core requirement in Social Science.)
  5. 1 semester SPAN 494, the senior capstone course, in the fall of the student’s senior year. Students deemed eligible after completing the class will be invited to enroll in SPAN 400, the Spanish honors seminar, in which they will write an honors thesis on a topic of their choice. Students pursuing a 5-year Master’s Program may waive this requirement if approved by their mentor.
  6. 4 semesters upper-level Spanish electives (200–499) at the level of 200 or above, including at least one course at the 400-level or above.

Students may count one 200–400 level course taught in the Department of Spanish & Portuguese in a language other than Spanish (e.g., English, Portuguese, or Catalan) towards the major. Alternatively, with the permission of the Director of Undergraduate Studies, students may count a maximum of one course taken outside the department, if the course subject is deemed relevant to the Spanish major. 

Integrated Writing Requirement

Writing is an integral part of each of the three majors offered by the Department of Spanish and Portuguese (Spanish, Portuguese, and Spanish and Portuguese Studies) and central to all levels of study in our course offerings. The Department views writing not just as a demonstration of linguistic competence and cultural literacy, but as an essential tool for the development of critical thinking and its expression. Importantly, learning to write well in Spanish and/or Portuguese develops skills that are transferable to many post-college careers.

STudy abroad (majors)

Spanish majors are required to study in Spain or Spanish America for a semester or, preferably, for an academic year. Although Advanced Spanish II is the minimum required course, it is highly recommended that students complete a more advanced course before enrolling in a study-abroad program. No credit is given to majors or minors for Spanish language courses taken abroad in Spanish-speaking countries. Students must get the approval of the Director of Undergraduate Studies for their courses before going overseas. Summer courses taken abroad do not meet the study-abroad requirement unless they are taken in a Georgetown program (Quito or Barcelona). Courses taken abroad can be used to fulfill 200-level elective Spanish requirements, provided they are taught in Spanish and deal with Spain or Spanish America.

Spanish and Portuguese Programs Abroad

With the permission of the Director of Undergraduate Studies, Spanish majors may substitute summer study in the Department of Spanish and Portuguese programs in Quito, Ecuador or Barcelona, Spain for a semester abroad. Participants in these programs take two or three 3-credit courses, including courses regularly offered in the Department and courses particular to the locale. With regard to transcripts and GPA, these are not considered transfer courses but rather regular Georgetown courses. All courses are offered in Spanish, and students sign a language pledge.

Outside of the Georgetown programs in Quito and Barcelona, no summer program meets the study-abroad requirement for Spanish majors. However, with the approval of the Director of Undergraduate Studies, elective courses taken abroad in other programs can count toward the major.

Other Study Abroad Programs

Students participating in overseas studies may take courses in Hispanic Art, Anthropology, Economics, History, Philosophy, and other appropriate related areas. These courses can be used to fulfill 200-level Spanish electives requirements, provided they are taught in Spanish and deal with Spain or Spanish America. A maximum of two courses per semester taken abroad can be counted toward the major. One of these can be a program course reserved for foreign students in general or American students in particular. (Students going to the Dominican Republic may take two such courses.) Upon returning, students will show their syllabi of courses taken abroad to the Director of Undergraduate Studies in order to receive credit.

Students who double major in two languages may choose to split their year abroad. That is, they may study one semester in a Spanish-speaking country and one semester in a country where the other major language is spoken. In this case, they can receive credit for a maximum of one course taken in the non-Spanish-speaking country, with the approval of the Director of Undergraduate Studies. Double-majors who spend only one semester abroad will not receive credit for courses taken in a non-Spanish-speaking country.

Transfer/AP Credit

A maximum of four courses taken at other institutions can be transferred toward the major. Transfer students must have the approval of the Director of Undergraduate Studies in order to get credit for courses taken at another institution.

Students can receive AP credit for up to two courses. Students who have received AP credit equivalent to Advanced I and II can therefore receive credit for a maximum of two courses taken abroad or at other American universities. These courses can be used to fulfill 200-level requirements.

Students can apply a maximum of two summer courses taken at other institutions in the United States or abroad toward the major, except for the Department courses offered in Quito and Barcelona. These courses can be used to fulfill 200-level requirements.

Honors Program

Outstanding majors will be invited to participate in the Department Honors Program. The Honors Program offers students the opportunity to work closely with a faculty mentor, to pursue original scholarly research, and to produce a thesis. Students who complete the program will receive “Honors” on their official transcripts. Students who write truly exceptional theses will be awarded “Distinction” in addition to “Honors.” The Department of Spanish and Portuguese also awards a prize annually for the best thesis. Please see the section on this topic in the Bulletin.

SPANISH MAJOR WITH FLL BUSINESS COURSEWORK

See the Business Coursework section of this Bulletin.

Accelerated Bachelor/Master Degree Program

The Department of Spanish and Portuguese offers qualified undergraduate students the opportunity to earn both a Bachelors and a Masters degree at an accelerated pace by counting up to four graduate-level courses taken in the undergraduate program toward the Masters degree. Students with a minimum of a 3.5 in the major are eligible to apply for the program at the end of their junior year. Interested applicants should consult with the Director of Graduate Studies. Applications are available in the Department of Spanish and Portuguese. (See the section on this topic in the Bulletin.)

Minor in Spanish

The Department of Spanish & Portuguese welcomes students from other majors who wish to complete a Spanish minor. The minor consists of a minimum of 18 credits and five (for students who take SPAN 110 Intensive Advanced Spanish) or six courses. At least four courses must be taken on the Georgetown campus or in the Georgetown University programs in Quito, Ecuador or Barcelona, Spain.  No credit will be given toward the minor for courses taken in non-Spanish-speaking countries.

Requirements for the minor

The minor in Spanish requires 18 credits and a minimum of five courses, as follows:

  • Six credits of Advanced Spanish, in one of the following patterns:
  1. Advanced Spanish I and II (101 and 102 for SFS students; 103 and 104 for COL, MSB, and NHS)
  2. Intensive Advanced Spanish (110)
  • 4 courses at the 200-level or above in literature, culture, or linguistics, one of which must be numbered 300 or above. A maximum of one course taught in English in the department can count towards the minor. If the course is taught in English or cross-listed with another department, Spanish minors are required to do all written work in Spanish. Courses taken abroad can be used to fulfill 200-level elective Spanish requirements, provided they are taught in Spanish and deal with Spain or Spanish America.
Study Abroad (Minors)

Spanish minors are encouraged to study abroad. Although Advanced Spanish II is the minimum required course, it is highly recommended that students complete a SPAN-200 level course before enrolling in a study-abroad program. Students must obtain the approval of the Director of Undergraduate Studies for their courses before going overseas. With the permission of the Director of Undergraduate Studies, Spanish minors may count summer courses in Georgetown University’s programs in Quito, Ecuador or Barcelona, Spain toward the minor. Participants in these programs take two or three 3-credit courses, which consist of courses regularly offered in the Department and courses particular to the locale. With regard to transcripts and GPA, these are not considered transfer courses but rather regular Georgetown courses. All courses are offered in Spanish, and students sign a language pledge.

Students participating in overseas studies may take courses in Hispanic Art, Anthropology, Economics, History, Philosophy, and other appropriate related areas. These courses can be used to fulfill 200-level Spanish requirements, provided the courses are taught in Spanish and deal with Spain or Spanish America. A maximum of one course per semester taken abroad can be counted toward the minor. One of these can be a program course reserved for foreign students in general or American students in particular. Upon returning, students will show the syllabi of courses taken abroad to the Director of Undergraduate Studies in order to receive credit. No credit will be given toward the minor for courses taken in non-Spanish-speaking countries. Minors must take at least four courses on the Georgetown campus or in the Georgetown University programs in Quito, Ecuador or Barcelona, Spain.

Transfer/AP Credit

A maximum of one course taken at another institution can be transferred toward the minor. A summer course taken at another institution can fulfill a 200-level requirement for the minor. Transfer students must have the approval of the Director of Undergraduate Studies in order to get credit for a course taken at another institution. 

Students may receive AP credit for up to two courses (SPAN 103 and 104, Advanced Spanish I and II) toward the minor.

LATIN AMERICAN STUDIES AND EUROPEAN STUDIES CERTIFICATES

See the Latin American Studies Certificate and European Studies Certificate sections in the Bulletin.

(For course listings for Spanish see http://courses.georgetown.edu)