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About Our Undergraduate Program

The Department of Spanish and Portuguese offers a wide range of courses in the language, culture, and literature of Spain and Spanish America and is well known for its program in Portuguese and Brazilian studies. Two courses in Catalan are also offered. The department offers programs of concentration in both Spanish and Spanish and Portuguese. Interdisciplinary majors are available in Spanish and European Studies or in Spanish, Portuguese, and European Studies. Qualified Spanish majors may elect to take graduate courses or participate in honors work. Minors in Spanish and in Portuguese are also offered.

The department serves majors from the Center for Latin American Studies and the Max Kade Center for European and German Studies. On the graduate level, the department offers a doctoral program in Spanish and a combination doctoral degree in Spanish/Portuguese.

Many students participate in the Vanderbilt in Spain program in Madrid or in Vanderbilt programs in Barcelona, Palma de Mallorca (Spain), Argentina, Chile, the Dominican Republic, and Brazil. Activities organized by the department include lectures, films, and symposia. The department has a chapter of the national honor society Sigma Delta Pi for students of Spanish. Students are encouraged to apply for living space in the Spanish Hall of McTyeire International House.


The Major in Spanish

Program of Concentration in Spanish

The basic requirement is a minimum of 30 credit hours in Spanish courses above 200. The distribution requirements are as follows:

  1. Core requirements: 201W, 202, and 203.
  2. Literature: Nine hours from courses numbered 230–281 or 294.
  3. Linguistics: Three hours from courses numbered 212–220, 283, 285, or 295.
  4. Elective: Electives: Nine hours from courses numbered 204–285 or 294–296. Students may substitute 3 hours of a language course in either Portuguese (102 or higher) or Catalan (102 or higher).

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Minor in Spanish

The minor in Spanish consists of a minimum of 18 credit hours. The specific requirements are as follows:

  1. Spanish 201W (A more advanced composition course may be substituted)
  2. Spanish 202 (A more advanced conversation course may be substituted)
  3. Spanish 203
  4. One advanced Spanish literature course numbered between 230 and 281, or 294
  5. Six additional hours, chosen from courses numbered between 204 and 285, 294, 295, or 296

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To Declare a Major or Minor

You can choose to print the declaration forms below or you can also obtain the two Major Declaration forms (3 if you are double majoring) at the Spanish and Portuguese Department office located in Furman 313. If you have any questions, contact Professor Maria Paz Pintane email.

  •  To declare a major: Download the Major Declaration form, print out, and follow the instructions and bring the completed forms to the DUS Prof. Maria Paz Pintane located in Furman Hall 223-B.             

 Download the Major Declaration form

  • To declare a minor, Download the Minor Declaration form, print out and follow the instructions and bring the completed forms to the DUS Prof.Maria Paz Pintane located in Furman Hall 223-B.

Download the Minor Declaration form

Program of Concentration in Spanish and Portuguese

This major focuses on the two dominant languages (Spanish and Portuguese) of the Iberian Peninsula and Latin America and their literatures and cultures. The basic requirement for this major is a minimum of 33 credits in Spanish and Portuguese numbered 200 or above. The distribution is as follows:

  1. Core requirements of Spanish 201W, 202, and 203; Portuguese 200, 201 (or 203), and 205.
  2. At least two Spanish courses numbered between 221 and 281 or 294 or 296.
  3. At least two of the following Portuguese courses:225, 232, 233, 294, 341, 342, and 385.
  4. One additional elective to be chosen from the courses listed under area 2 and 3 above or Spanish/Portuguese 293.

A student who studies abroad may be able to substitute similar culture or literature courses with the permission of the Director of Undergraduate Studies.

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 Program of Concentration in Spanish and European Studies

Students in Spanish may elect this interdisciplinary major, which requires a minimum of 42 hours of course work. A semester of study abroad in Vanderbilt in Spain is recommended. Course work for the major is distributed as follows:

Spanish

Spanish language and literature core courses (9 hours): Spanish 201W, 202, and 203 (a more advanced course in composition may be substituted for 201W; a more advanced course in conversation may be substituted for 202)

Spanish culture and civilization (6 hours): Two of the following: Spanish 204, 221, 226, 296; History of Art 237*, 238* (*offered in Vanderbilt in Spain)

Spanish literature (6 hours): Two Spanish courses numbered from 230–281 or 294

Elective (6 hours): Two additional Spanish courses that count towards the Spanish major. Students may substitute one language course in either Portuguese (102 or higher) or Catalan (102 or higher).

Total in Spanish: 27 hours


European Studies

European Studies core courses (9 hours): EUS 201, 203, and 250 (requires thesis).

Social Science (3 hours): PSCI 210, 211 or appropriate substitute with the approval of the EUS adviser

History (3 hours): One of the following: History 225, 226, 227, 228, 229,245

Total in European Studies: 15 hours


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 Program of Concentration in Spanish, Portuguese, and European Studies

Spanish

Spanish language and literature core courses (9 hours): Spanish 201W, 202, and 203 (a more advanced course in composition may be substituted for 201W; a more advanced course in conversation may be substituted for 202)

Spanish culture and civilization (3 hours): one of the following: Spanish 204, 221, 226, 296; History of Art 237*, 238* (*offered in Vanderbilt in Spain)

Spanish literature (3 hours): Any Spanish course numbered from 230–281 or 294

Elective (3 hours):Any additional Spanish course that counts towards the Spanish major.

Total in Spanish: 18 hours

Portuguese

Portuguese language and literature courses (6 hours): Portuguese 200 and 205

Brazilian culture and civilization (3 hours): Portuguese 225

Total in Portuguese: 9 hours

European Studies

European Studies core courses (9 hours): EUS 201, 203, and 250 (requires thesis)

Social Science (3 hours): PSCI 210, 211 or appropriate substitute with the approval of the EUS adviser

History (3 hours): One of the following: History  225, 226, 227, 228, 229, 245

Total in European Studies: 15 hours

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Teacher Licensure

Candidates for teacher licensure in Spanish at the secondary level should refer to the chapter on Licensure for Teaching in the Peabody College section of the Undergraduate Catalog. Arts and Science students who wish to receive licensure need to meet with Dean Roger Moore

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