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Major/Minor Requirements

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The Spanish & Portuguese Department offers two majors, Spanish: Hispanic Studies and Romance Languages and two minors (Spanish Language and Luso-Brazilian Studies Thematic Minor)

Professor: C. LOMAS (chair); Associate Professor: A. MARINESCU; Assistant Professors: C. RUIZ, D. ARROYO-RODRIGUEZ, N. WOOD; Adjunct Associate Professor: K. BIZZARRO; RILEY SCHOLAR: L. Rosa Rodriguez; Visiting Professors and Instructors: I. ROBYN, P. TALA-RUIZ, M. SLAYDEN

The Spanish Major

Students who have taken French, Italian, or Spanish in high school must take a computerized placement test before enrolling in a language or literature course in the Spanish Department. We strongly recommend that they take the 20-minute test at the Keck Humanities Laboratory upon their arrival at the college. A student majoring in Spanish has two major options:

Spanish: Hispanic Studies (updated 3/9/15)

A student majoring in Spanish has two Spanish major options: 

I. Spanish — Hispanic Studies

A.  2 prerequisite courses: 305 (or 312) & 306
B.  2 courses in Peninsular Literature
               1)            327: Golden Age   or       328: Don Quixote
               2)            331: 19th Century  or         333: Contemporary Spanish

C.  2 courses in Hispanic American Literature
               1)            324: Colonial Hispanic American   or   325: Modern Hispanic American   or  326: Contemporary Hispanic American  
                2)            338: US Latina/o Literature or   339: Chicana/o Literature
D.  2 literature or culture courses at the 300-level
               Any of the courses listed above (B. – D.) or

304: Cultural Context and Oral Practice; 307: Hispanic Culture; 311: Spanish Theatre Workshop; 312: Oral Practice and Composition Abroad; 316: Topics in Hispanic Literature and Culture; or 409: Independent Reading (senior majors only; consent of department required)
E.  1 course in Research Methods: 431
F.  1 course on Senior Thesis or Project

                432: Honors Senior Thesis—only open to majors with 3.5 (college) & 3.7 (dept.) GPAs

                or

                433: Senior Project

TOTAL: 10 units

Romance Languages Major: Spanish with a second language focus in French or Italian (updated 3/9/15)

A.  2 prerequisite courses: 305 (or 312) & 306
B.  3 literature or culture courses at the 300-level
C.  1 course in Research Methods: 431
D.  1 course on Senior Thesis or Project
               432: Honors Senior Thesis—only open to majors with 3.5 (college) & 3.7 (dept.) GPAs

                or

                433: Senior Project

E. Second-language focus
               Courses for second-language focus in FRENCH:
               FR305 and 2 French or Francophone culture or literature courses;
               Elementary or more advanced Italian, Portuguese, or Latin. 

               Courses for second language focus in ITALIAN:
               IT305 and two additional Italian literature or culture courses;
               Elementary or more advanced French, Portuguese, or Latin.

 TOTAL: 11–12 units

Up to two courses from an unaffiliated program (study abroad or transfer credit) will be accepted into the major. Students must consult with advisor prior to participation on study abroad programs and must submit course syllabi and other materials (papers, exams, etc.) upon return from study abroad for major credit. Students who study abroad on programs other than Colorado College’s must take at least two courses beyond 306 at Colorado College in addition to 431 and 432 (or 433) as well as complete the major requirements as described above, to receive a Spanish degree from the college.

SP299 and adjunct courses do not count towards the major.

Distinction is awarded based on senior thesis (432) and departmental work.

Students who study abroad on programs other than Colorado College's must take at least 2 courses beyond 306 at Colorado College in addition to 431 and 432 (if student meets thesis requirements), as well as completing major requirements as described above, to receive a Spanish degree from the college. Students who are not eligible for 432 must take an additional upper division course to satisfy the 10-unit Spanish major requirement and the 11-12 unit Romance Languages Spanish major requirement.

Transferring students and students who have taken the Advanced Placement (AP) examination should contact the department before taking any language or literature course, since some of the requirements for the major may be waived.

The Minor: (Effective Fall 2014)

(5 units beyond SP201)

All students who wish to minor in Spanish must complete 5 units beyond SP201.  The prerequisite for admission to the minor is SP201 (2 units) or equivalent.  Students must complete a minimum of five courses, including the following:  305, 306 and three additional courses from 300-level courses.  College transfer credit will be accepted, but at least three 300-level Spanish courses must be completed at Colorado College.  Up to two units of credit from an unaffiliated program (either study abroad or transfer credit) will be accepted into the minor. SP299 and adjunct courses do not count towards the minor.

The Minor: (Declared prior to fall 2014)

(6 units beyond SP101)

The prerequisite for admission to the minor is 101 (2 units) or equivalent.  Students must complete a minimum of six courses, including the following: 201, 305, 306 and two additional courses from 300-level courses.  Students may count up to two units of Spanish AP credit (i.e. the equivalent of 201) toward the minor.  Students who initially place at the 300-oevel as a result of previous Spanish, must complete four CC Spanish courses at the 300 level.  College transfer credit will be accepted, but at least three 300-level Spanish courses must be completed at Colorado College.  Only one credit from an unaffiliated program will be accepted into the minor.

The Luso-Brazilian Studies Thematic Minor

ADVISER(S): WOOD, BLASENHEIM, HAUTZINGER

An interdisciplinary approach to the study of Luso-Brazilian cultures and civilizations. This concentration is open to the focused or comparative study of Brazil, Portugal, and Lusophone Africa (including Angola, Cape Verde, Guinea-Bissau, Mozambique, São Tome and Príncipe), East Timor, and may include historical studies of Goa. The minor concentration consists of five units: four interdisciplinary units in Luso-Brazilian studies and one unit in Portuguese language that can be fulfilled in many ways.

INTERDISCIPLINARY COURSES: (4 units)
Luso-Brazilian Studies in the Humanities, Social Sciences, and Natural Sciences. Students must choose a minimum of two units from among the course offerings listed below; students may fulfill two of the four required interdisciplinary units through courses taken abroad.

Pre-approved cross-listed courses: AN 208 (when taught in Brazil), AN 237, AN 238; HY 221, HY 224, HY 340, PG 320; PG 316; PH 283; PS236, PS 335 and other relevant courses by petition.

LANGUAGE REQUIREMENT: (1 unit beyond PG 101 or equivalent)
Students can fulfill the language requirement in two ways. First, students can take one unit of 300-level Portuguese either through a pre-approved international exchange program or through a CC summer study abroad course. Second, students can complete PG 200 (half-block), and PG 205 (extended format), one unit total, on campus at CC.

INTERNATIONAL PROGRAMS: Students will be permitted a maximum of two non-language transfer credits from an approved international exchange program for credit towards the minor and up to three total if language requirement is completed abroad (eg. ACM in Juiz de Fora, Brazil, CIEE in Salvador da Bahia, Brazil). All students will be required to complete five units total towards the minor regardless of language ability upon entrance into the program.