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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:
- Core requirements: 201W, 202, and 203.
- Literature: Nine hours from courses numbered 230–281 or 294.
- Linguistics: Three hours from courses numbered 213–220, 283, 285, 291, or 295.
- Elective: Nine hours from courses numbered above 200 (except 293). Students may substitute a language course in either Portuguese (102 or higher) or Catalan (102 or higher).
Minor in Spanish
The minor in Spanish consists of a minimum of 18 credit hours. The specific requirements are as follows:
- Spanish 201W (A more advanced composition course may be substituted)
- Spanish 202 (A more advanced conversation course may be substituted)
- Spanish 203
- One advanced Spanish literature course numbered between 230 and 281, or 294
- Six additional hours, chosen from courses numbered between 204 and 285, or 291, 294, 295, or 296
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.
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.
- 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.
Program of Concentration in Spanish and Portuguese Major
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:
- Core requirements of Spanish 201W, 202, and 203; Portuguese 200, 201 (or 203), and 205.
- At least two Spanish courses numbered between 221 and 281 or 294 or 296.
- At least two of the following Portuguese courses: 225, 232, 233, 341, 342, and 385.
- 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.
Program of Concentration in Spanish, Portuguese, European Studies Major
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 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; Economics 249a*; 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 core courses (6 hours): EUS 201 and 250
Social Science (3 hours): One course in economics, political science, or sociology selected from the list of social science courses approved for European Studies
History (3 hours): One of the following: History 223, 224, 225, 226, 227, 228, 229, 244, 245
Elective (3 hours): One additional course in European Studies from those listed above under Social Science and History
Total in European Studies: 15 hours
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 Fräncille Bergquist.