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02-03  LS&A Bulletin


effective date for concentration change: September 3, 2002 | previous requirements
effective date for Honors concentration: September 3, 2002 | previous requirements
effective date for TC: March 22, 2001 | previous requirements

May be elected as a departmental concentration program

A concentration in Spanish allows students considerable flexibility in developing a program of study leading to competence in the language and a basic knowledge of Hispanic cultures and literatures. Students with primary interests in literature, linguistics, or cultural studies may refer to the Romance Languages web page,, for suggested course-sequences in each area. All students should consult with a concentration advisor to develop a program of study that best corresponds to their interests and career plans.

Prerequisites to concentration: SPANISH 275 and 276. For eligible students, SPANISH 290, Spanish for Heritage Language Learners, may be substituted for 275. Students who complete 290 will also be exempted from 276 if they go on to complete SPANISH 310, Advanced Grammar and Composition. Both prerequisites, SPANISH 275 and 276, will be waived for Residential College students who complete one RCCORE 324 readings course in Spanish. Students who complete a second RCCORE 324 course will receive concentration credit for a Spanish elective at the 300 level.

Concentration Program: Thirty approved credits at the 300 and 400 levels. At least 15 of those credits must be taken at the 400-level. Specific course selections must include two literature courses at the 300 level (6 credits) and two literature courses at the 400 level (six credits). Other courses, or "electives in Spanish," may be selected in Hispanic culture, linguistics, and film. Approved courses in other fields, if taught in Spanish, may also count as electives in Spanish (such courses are typically taken abroad). One approved, optional cognate course (3 credits), taught in English in the area of Hispanic studies, is allowed. Students should consult a concentration advisor and develop a balanced program of study that includes the cultural production of various countries and historical periods.

Residence requirement: A minimum of 15 of the required 30 credits must be taken either in residence or through a study abroad program affiliated with the University of Michigan.

Honors Concentration. Qualified students holding a cumulative GPA of 3.5 and a Spanish concentration GPA of 3.7 may apply to the Honors program in Spanish at the beginning of the junior year. To apply students must submit a copy of their transcript, a one-page statement of purpose, and a sample essay in Spanish. After reviewing the materials, the Honors advisor will interview the applicant to discuss his/her interests and objectives. To graduate with an Honors concentration, a student must complete the normal concentration requirements in Spanish along with the following requirements:

  1. One additional course in SPANISH (3 credits) at the 400 level.
  2. Composition of a thesis in Spanish (a minimum of 40 pages). The thesis may consist of a critical study relating to Hispanic literature/culture, a creative writing project, or a multi-media project (in which case the page requirement may not apply). The research, planning, and execution will take place during two academic terms. After choosing a faculty member to direct the thesis, the student will enroll in SPANISH 490 and begin researching and drafting the thesis. By the end of the term in which the student elects SPANISH 490, the student will submit for a grade a complete bibliography and a prospectus. In the following academic term the student will enroll in SPANISH 491 and complete the thesis. SPANISH 490 and 491 will count within the seven course sequence of 400-level courses for the Honors degree.
  3. A presentation and discussion of the thesis with the director and one or two other faculty members at the end of the term in which the student elects SPANISH 491. The Honors student has the option of inviting other students to the event.

Teaching Certificate: Candidates for a secondary school teaching certificate should study the general information about requirements which appears under the Teacher Certification Program in this Bulletin.

A teaching major in Spanish requires 30 credits beyond SPANISH 276. From 9 to 12 credits must be selected at the 300 level, including at least 3 credits in literature and a culture/civilization course (SPANISH 340 or 341). The remaining 18 to 21 credits must be selected at the 400 level, including two linguistics courses (chosen among SPANISH 405, 410, 411, and 414). SPANISH 413 must be elected as EDCURINS 455 and will not count as part of the 30 required Spanish credits.

Advising. Advising appointments are scheduled at 4108 Modern Languages Building, (734) 647-2230.

Study Abroad Program. The University of Michigan sponsors semester/year abroad programs at host universities in Latin America and Spain: Santiago, Chile; Quito, Ecuador; Granada, Spain; and Seville, Spain. In addition, the university sponsors summer abroad programs in Salamanca, Spain, and in Guanajuato, Mexico. Information about these programs is available at the Office of International Programs, G513 Michigan Union, (734) 764-4311. See also the chapter "International Programs" in this Bulletin. For information on study abroad programs sponsored by other universities, as well as guidelines for choosing programs, refer to the Romance Language web page,


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