Effective Fall 2011-Summer 2012 for students entering LSA or the University in Fall 2011 and thereafter

May be elected as a departmental major

A major 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. All students should consult with a department advisor to develop a program of study that best corresponds to their interests and career plans.

Prerequisites to the Major. SPANISH 277 (or 275 & 276). The prerequisite will be waived for Residential College students who complete one RCLANG 324 readings course in Spanish. Students who complete a second RCLANG 324 course will receive major credit for a Spanish elective at the 300 level.  For eligible students, SPANISH 278, Spanish for Heritage Language Learners, can be substituted for SPANISH 277.

Program of study in a major. A minimum of 30 approved credits beyond the prerequisite, including:

  • 12 to 15 credits chosen from courses numbered 279 to 399
  • 15 to 18 credits chosen at the 400 level

Specific course selections must include four literature courses. 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. No more than one Independent Study or Internship course (3 credits) can be included in a major.  Students should consult a department 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 for the major must be taken either in residence or through a study-abroad program affiliated with the University of Michigan.

Honors Plan:  Qualified students holding a cumulative GPA of 3.5 and a Spanish major GPA of 3.7 may apply to the Honors program in Spanish at the beginning of the junior year. To apply students must fill out an application available on the department website at www.lsa.umich.edu/rll/, and 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 major, a student must complete the normal requirements for the major 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.

Advising. Advising appointments are scheduled at the department office, 4108 Modern Languages Building, (734) 764-5344.


Study Abroad Program. The University of Michigan sponsors semester/year abroad programs at host universities in Latin America and Spain: Santiago, Chile; Buenos Aires, Argentina, Granada, Spain; Madrid, 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 Center for Global and Intercultural Study (CGIS), G155 Angell Hall, (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 study-abroad section of the Romance Language web page, www.lsa.umich.edu/rll/.

Teaching Certificate. Students interested in obtaining a secondary teaching certificate should study the general requirements for professional preparation, which appear under the "Teacher Certification Program" in this Bulletin. Specific subject-area requirements for a teaching certificate can be found on the School of Education website at: soe.umich.edu/academics/bachelors_degree_programs/uste  

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