Spanish Honors Major

If you are qualified, you may be admitted to a program of advanced study in the beginning or middle of your junior year (or at the beginning of your senior year following participation in a junior year study-abroad program), leading to the degree of Bachelor of Arts with Honors in Spanish.

Admission to senior-level Honors work in Spanish is by application only.

Prerequisites to entering RLL's honors major in Spanish

  • Demonstrated superior ability in both oral and written Spanish, and to present evidence of serious interest in research
  • A cumulative GPA of at least 3.5 and a Spanish Major GPA of 3.7 are required for admission and for graduation with Honors in Spanish

Spanish Honors majors are required to complete 33 credits of coursework and successfully defend a thesis:

Course Requirements

  • 11 courses (33 credits total): all regular Spanish major requirements must be completed (30 credits) and an additional Spanish course at the 400-level (3 credits).
    • Also, 6 of the required 33 credits must include: 
      • ROMLANG 498 in the fall of students’ senior year
      • SPANISH 491 in the winter term of students’ senior year

Thesis Requirement

  • Composition of a thesis in Spanish (40 pages minimum)
  • A presentation and discussion of the thesis and of an agreed-upon set of related readings with members of the faculty (thesis defense).

If you wish to participate, you should contact Linda Burger, linbur@umich.edu for the contact information of the current Honors advisor and fill out an application form. Upon successful completion, your faculty advisor will send a report to the Honors program with your thesis title and a recommendation of honors, high honors or highest honors in Spanish.

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Spanish Honors Major Application (PDF)