Spanish Language and Literature Curriculum

View the requirements for an AOC in Spanish Language and Literature and see sample pathways to graduation.

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Area of Concentration Requirements

While each student’s course of study will reflect her or his own interests, an Area of Concentration in Spanish Language and Culture or Spanish Language and Literature, will generally comprise the following:

When chosen as a single or a double Area of Concentration (AOC):

  • the satisfactory completion of no less than 10 semester-long academic activities (including Courses, Tutorials, Independent Research Projects) approved by the faculty of the program;
  • at least one Independent Study Project supervised or approved by the faculty of the program;
  • and a thesis with a focus on relevant aspects of the Hispanic world.

No less than eight of the academic activities must be taken in Spanish (beginning with Spanish Oral and Written Expression, that is, the fourth semester of the language sequence), and at least one of them must be undertaken during the senior year as an advanced Spanish course or tutorial.

Other requirements include:

  • One semester of study abroad, supervised and/or approved by the Spanish faculty when chosen as an Area of Concentration. In some exceptional cases, the Spanish faculty may approve that this requirement be satisfied by work in the form of an Independent Study Project in a Spanish speaking country, supervised by a faculty member of the Spanish AOC. Courses taken abroad will be counted towards fulfillment of the AOC requirements. For students choosing Spanish as a joint area of concentration, study abroad is highly recommended, but not required.
  • A high level of proficiency in the Spanish language, as demonstrated by satisfactory evaluations in all courses, tutorials, and independent research projects conducted in Spanish beginning with Spanish Oral and Written Expression. Each one of these academic activities will have specific areas of evaluation in accordance with the course level and content. A well-defined and strong performance in all areas of evaluation is expected from students seeking an AOC in Spanish.
  • The senior thesis must reflect the student’s interest in the field and her or his capacity to work on a well-defined aspect of the Hispanic world. Whenever possible, the thesis should be written in Spanish. In joint areas of concentration, it is expected that a significant portion of the research must be done in Spanish. When those conditions are not present, the student will work on a capstone project in Spanish during the senior year.
  • A satisfactory Baccalaureate Exam.

Joint Disciplinary AOC Requirements

When chosen as a joint Area of Concentration: the satisfactory completion of no less than eight academic activities (including Courses, Tutorials, Independent Research Projects) approved by the faculty of the program. No less than five of them must be taken in Spanish, (beginning with Spanish Oral and Written Expression that is, the fourth semester of the language sequence), and at least one of them must be undertaken during the senior year as an advanced Spanish course or tutorial.

Sample 4 Year Pathway – Beginners Level

 

 Fall TermJanuary ISPSpring Term
Year 1
  • Elementary Spanish 1
  • LAC
  • LAC
  • LAC/Other
  • Student’s choice
  • Elementary Spanish 2
  • LAC
  • LAC
  • LAC/Other
Year 2
  • Intermediate Spanish 1
  • LAC/ Other
  • LAC/ Other
  • Other
  • Student’s choice or Spanish ISP
  •  Intermediate Spanish 2
  • Hispanic Literature or Caribbean and Latin American Studies course in translation
  • Other
  • Other
Year 3
  •  3-4 Spanish courses above Intermediate Spanish 2 (Abroad)
  • ISP to explore thesis topics (strongly recommended
  • Lecturas hispanicas or Advannced Spanish (depending on progress made abroad)
  • Hispanic Literature or Caribbean and Latin American Studies course in translation
  • Tutorial to explore thesis topic
  • Other
Year 4
  • Advanced Spanish
  • Other
  • Thesis
  • Spanish tutorial, depending on progress made abroad.
  

 

Sample 4 Year Pathway – Intermediate Level

 

 Fall TermJanuary ISPSpring Term
Year 1
  • Intermediate Spanish 1
  • LAC
  • LAC
  • LAC/Other
  • Student’s choice
  • Elementary Spanish 2
  • LAC
  • LAC
  • LAC/Other

Year 2
  • Spanish Oral and Written Expression (SOWE) or Study Abroad See Spring
  • LAC/ Other
  • LAC/ Other
  • Hispanic Literature or Caribbean and Latin American Studies course in translation
  • Spanish ISP
  •  Intermediate Spanish 2
  • Hispanic Literature or Caribbean and Latin American Studies course in translation
  • Other
  • Other
Year 3
  • Advanced Spanish
  • Hispanic Literature or Caribbean and Latin American Studies course in translation
  • Other course
  • Other Course
  • ISP to explore thesis topics (strongly recommended
  • Lecturas hispanicas or Advannced Spanish (depending on progress made abroad)
  • Hispanic Literature or Caribbean and Latin American Studies course in translation
  • Tutorial to explore thesis topic
  • Other
Year 4
  • Advanced Spanish
  • Thesis tutorial
  • Course to support thesis work
  • Other
  

 

Sample 4 Year Pathway – Advanced Level

 

 Fall TermJanuary ISPSpring Term
Year 1
  • Spanish Oral and Written Expression (SOWE)
  • LAC
  • LAC
  • LAC/ Other
  • Student’s choice
  •  Advanced Spanish
  • LAC
  • LAC
  • LAC/ Other

Year 2
  • Advanced Spanish/Study Abroad See Spring
  • Hispanic Literature or Caribbean and Latin American Studies course in translation
  • LAC/OIther
  • LAC/Other
  • Student’s choice or Spanish ISP
  • Advanced Spanish/Study Abroad
  • Spanish course aboove Lecturas level (Abroad)
  • Spanish course aboove Lecturas level (Abroad)
  • Spanish course aboove Lecturas level (Abroad)
Year 3
  • Advanced Spanish level course work
  • Hispanic Literature or Caribbean and Latin American Studies course in translation
  • Other
  • Other
  • ISP to explore thesis topics (strongly recommended
  • Advanced Spanish
  • Tutorial work to define thesis topic
  • Course to support thesis work
  • Other
Year 4
  • Thesis tutorial
  • Course to support thesis work
  • Course to support thesis work
  • Other
  

 

Sample 2 Year Transfer Pathway

 Fall TermJanuary ISPSpring Term
Year 3
  • Intermediate Spanish
  • Hispanic Literature or Caribbean and Latin American Studies course in translation/ Other
  • Other
  • Spanish tutorial
  • Spanish Oral and Written Expression
  • Hispanic Literature or Caribbean and Latin American Studies course in translation/ Other
  • Other
Year 4
  • Lecturas hispanicas/ Study Abroad
  • Spanish course aboove Lecturas level (Abroad)
  • Spanish course aboove Lecturas level (Abroad)
  • Spanish course aboove Lecturas level (Abroad)
  • Tutorial to explore thesis topics
  • Advanced Spanish/Study Abroad (See Fall)
  • Tutorial work to define thesis topic
  • Course to support thesis work
  • Thesis/ other cours

Note: If an additional semester is needed:

  • Advanced Spanish
  • Course to support thesis work
  • Thesis
  • Other