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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 3301W. The distribution requirements are as follows:

  1. Core requirements: 3301W, 3302, and 3303.
  2. Literature: Nine hours from courses numbered 4400–4980 3835 or 3893.
  3. Linguistics: Three hours from courses numbered 4300–4360, or 3892.
  4. Elective: Electives: Nine hours from courses numbered 3320–3835 3891-4980. Students may substitute 3 hours of a language course in either Portuguese (1103 or higher) or Catalan (1103 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 3301W (A more advanced composition course may be substituted)
  2. Spanish 3302 (A more advanced conversation course may be substituted)
  3. Spanish 3303
  4. One advanced Spanish literature course numbered between 4400-4980 or 3835
  5. Six additional hours, chosen from courses numbered between 3320-3835 3891-4980

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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 308.             

 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 308.

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 2780 or above. The distribution is as follows:

  1. Core requirements of Spanish 3301-W, 3302, and 3303; Portuguese 2203, 3301 (or 3302), and 3303.
  2. At least two Spanish courses numbered between 221 and 281 or 294 or 296.
  3. At least two of the following Portuguese courses:4350, 4420, 4425, 3892, 7070, 7071, and 9520.
  4. One additional elective to be chosen from the courses listed under area 2 and 3 above or Spanish/Portuguese 2995.

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 3301W, 3302, and 3303 (a more advanced course in composition may be substituted for 3301W; a more advanced course in conversation may be substituted for 3302)

Spanish culture and civilization (6 hours): Two of the following: Spanish 3320, 3360, 3365, 3891

Spanish literature (6 hours): Two Spanish courses numbered from 4470–4465 or 3893

Elective (6 hours): Two additional Spanish courses that count towards the Spanish major. Students may substitute one language course in either Portuguese (1103 or higher) or Catalan (1103 or higher).

Total in Spanish: 27 hours


European Studies

European Studies core courses (9 hours): EUS 2201, 2203, and 4960 (requires thesis).

Social Science (3 hours): PSCI 2210, 3211 or appropriate substitute with the approval of the EUS adviser

History (3 hours): One of the following: History 2250, 2260, 2270, 2280, 2290,2450

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 3301W, 3302, and 3303 (a more advanced course in composition may be substituted for 3301W; a more advanced course in conversation may be substituted for 3302)

Spanish culture and civilization (3 hours): one of the following: Spanish 3320, 3360, 3365, 3891

Spanish literature (3 hours): Any Spanish course numbered from 4470–4465 or 3893

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 2203 and 3303

Brazilian culture and civilization (3 hours): Portuguese 43.50

Total in Portuguese: 9 hours

European Studies

European Studies core courses (9 hours): EUS 2201, 2203, and 4960 (requires thesis)

Social Science (3 hours): PSCI 2210, 3211 or appropriate substitute with the approval of the EUS adviser

History (3 hours): One of the following: History  2250, 2260, 2270, 2280, 2290, 2450

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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