Major and Minor Information
Students majoring in Spanish must choose one of two options: Spanish or Spanish Intensive.
NOTE: YOU WILL NOT RECEIVE CREDIT TOWARDS THE MAJOR FOR ANY COURSE TAKEN BELOW YOUR PLACEMENT.
All credits are required unless students 1). successfully complete an advanced placement test and are granted credit by the department, and/or 2). receive special permission for an exception from a departmental advisor. Students are responsible for consulting the catalog course listing for a description of pre-requisites and special conditions prior to registration of classes. Major programs must be reviewed and approved by a departmental advisor. Capstone oral proficiency credits are required of all majors, please click here for detailed information.
Major in Spanish (effective Fall 2011)
The Spanish Major consists of a minimum of 38 credits at the 200-400 level completed with a grade of C or better in each course.
- At the 200 level, Spanish majors are required to take 940:215 and 940:261
- At the 300 level, majors are required to take 940:325, three credits in Literature (940:331, 940:332, 940:333, 940:334, 940:335, or 940:336). three credits in Linguistics (940:362, 940:363, 940:364, 940:365, 940:366, or 940:367, and one oral proficiency credit (940:388 or 389).
- At the 400 level, majors are required to take two three-credit courses and one oral proficiency credit (940:499).
- To complete the 38-credit minimum, students are required to take electives at the 200-400 level.
- No more than 15 credits may be taken at the 200 level.
- Only juniors and seniors may register for 940:388 or 389 and 940:499.
- Students may count up to six elective credits in Portuguese (810) at the 200-400 level toward the Spanish major.
- In some cases, up to six credits of courses taught in another discipline may count for the Spanish major if the courses are pre-approved and corroborated by the Undergraduate Director.
- Students are responsible for consulting the catalog course listing for a description of pre-requisites and special conditions prior to registration of classes. All major programs must be reviews and approved by departmental advisor.
Spanish Intensive Track
The Spanish Intensive Track allows students to study both Spanish linguistics and Hispanic literature and culture in depth. It is primarily intended for those who aim to pursue graduate studies in Spanish or Education. Note: With this major, a minor is not required.
The Spanish Intensive Track consists of 52 credits of grade C or higher.
Either 940:388 (1) or 940:389 (1) is required.
940:499 (1) and 940:325 (3) are both required.
Of the remaining 47 credits:
- at least three credits are required from 940:331 (3) and 940:332 (3);
- at least three credits are required from 940:333 (3) and 940:334 (3);
- at least three credits are required from 940:335 (3) and 940:336 (3);
- at least six credits are required from 940:362 (3), 940:363 (3), and 940:364 (3);
- at least three credits must be completed in a 400-level Literature and Culture course;
- at least three credits must be completed in a 400-level Spanish linguistics course;
- at least three further credits at the 400-level must be completed (i.e. a total of nine credits is required at the 400-level).
Of the remaining 23 credits:
- Up to twelve 200-level credits may count for students who have not initially placed at a higher level;
- Up to nine credits may count from 810:135 (4), and any Portuguese (810) class at the 200-level or higher;
- Up to six credits may count from courses taught in a language other than Spanish or Portuguese if all written work is done in Spanish, the topic of the course is relevant to the Spanish major and if the course is pre-approved in writing by a departmental advisor.
The remaining credits toward a total of 52 must be completed in Spanish (940) courses at the 300-level or higher.
A minor in Spanish consists of a minimum of 18 credits of courses given in Spanish (940) completed with a grade of C or better in each course. The first course to count towards the minor is SPA 132 (SPA 139 for heritage speakers). Of the 18 credits, 9 credits must be at the 300 level or above. Please refer to the description of our courses for a list of pre-requisites. No more than 3 credits may be taken in courses not taught in the Spanish language. NOTE: YOU WILL NOT RECEIVE CREDIT TOWARDS THE MINOR FOR ANY COURSE TAKEN BELOW YOUR PLACEMENT.
DEPARTMENTAL HONORS PROGRAM
To be eligible for graduation with departmental honors, majors must maintain a cumulative grade-point average of 3.5 or better in their major courses, and 3.25 overall. Students are admitted to the departmental honors program by selection of the honors committee. The honors project is two terms in duration (3 credits in each term), and may focus on either the language/linguistics or the literature/civilization of the Spanish/Portuguese/Catalan-speaking world. Prior to beginning an honors project in the language/linguistics option, the student must take 01:940:325 and three terms of Spanish linguistics courses. One additional language/linguistics course and one additional 400-level course (other than independent study) is required prior to graduation. Prior to beginning an honors project in the literature/civilization option, the student must take two literature courses at the 300-level and one 400-level literature course in Spanish other than independent study. Two additional 400-level literature/civilization courses are required prior to graduation. The student must present the honors project for an oral defense before a committee assembled by the project director, in consultation with the candidate. More detailed information available in Department of Spanish and Portuguese.
CERTIFICATE OF PROFICIENCY IN SPANISH-ENGLISH AND ENGLISH-SPANISH TRANSLATION
This certificate is offered to students who complete 19-21 credits in the following courses: 01:940:363 (or 419); 364, 401, 402, 471, 475, 476, 477, 478 (or 479), 486 and 487. A 3.5 or better grade-point average for the entire 19-21 credit sequence is required, with a minimum of B in all courses (except 01:940:401 and 402, which require B+ or better).
CERTIFICATE IN SPANISH-ENGLISH TRANSLATION/INTERPRETING
This certificate is offered to students who complete 19-21 credits in the following courses: 01:940:363 (or 419); 364, 401, 402, 471, 475, 476, 477, 478 (or 479), 486 and 487. The three courses in interpreting (475, 477 and 487) are required. A 3.5 or better grade-point average for the entire 19-21 credit sequence is required, with a minimum of B in all courses (except 01:940:401 and 402, which require B+ or better).
GLOBAL STUDIES CERTIFICATE
This certificate is offered to students who complete the following requirements: (1) Thirty-six credits of the Spanish major; (2) Eight courses, with a grade of C or above in each course, to be chosen from among one of the following interdisciplinary options: Hispanic World, Luso-Brazilian World, Latin America, Iberian Peninsula; (3) An exit seminar involving a research project (15-20 pages) on a topic of international or global scope; (4) An international experience of one year during the Junior year in an appropriate country or countries approved by a departmental advisor. A one-semester option, or summer option, would be considered under extraordinary circumstances. For further information, contact the department.
Teacher certification is available to students accepted into the education program. For additional requirements and further information, contact the Graduate School of Education.
NATIVE SPEAKERS may not take conversation courses, elementary or intermediate Spanish. (Unless given Departmental permission to begin course work at the 300-level, native speakers should take the sequence of courses designated for native speakers (139, 201). If no placement exam has been taken, please see a departmental advisor for appropriate course placement.
MAJOR CREDIT IS GIVEN, however, for 836:266 (Puerto Rican literature) but not in combination with 940:331 and 332.
STUDY ABROAD opportunities are available at Rutgers for a Junior Year in Mexico and Spain, and a Summer Program in Spain and Perú. Spanish majors returning from a junior year abroad are generally expected to take a minimum of one 400 level course each semester of their senior year.
SPANISH DORMITORY is available on Douglass Campus.
TRANSFER MAJORS are expected to take a minimum of twelve credits of their major work in the Department.