Major and Minor in Hispanic Studies

A Hispanic Studies major assures exceptional competence in Spanish, allowing students to work extensively and closely with literary and cultural artifacts that language makes possible. Building on their linguistic proficiency consolidated in the language program, majors expand that proficiency to a wide variety of Hispanic texts. This training exercises and assures our students' ability to analyze texts and contexts, as well as to conceive, articulate, and defend an original idea.

Hispanic Studies minors reap similar benefits, albeit to a lesser extent, by attaining linguistic proficiency and taking at least two 6000-level courses.

Language Courses for the Major and Minor

Students begin the program at the level most appropriate for their linguistic proficiency. Post-intermediate, advanced and native speakers should seek guidance​ from the RLL Department (rll@bc.edu) to determine where to enter the program.

Conversation, Composition and Reading II (SPAN2216) and Advanced Spanish (SPAN3392) are approved entry-level courses for the Hispanic Studies major and minor. Strong students who have taken Conversation, Composition and Reading II (SPAN2216) whose reading, speaking and writing skills qualify as advanced are not required to take Advanced Spanish (SPAN3392), but may do so if appropriate. Consult your CCRII instructor or Prof. Adela Penagos.

Note that Advanced Spanish (SPAN3392) is a prerequisite for Contextos (SPAN3395) and Contextos is a prerequisite for all upper-level courses (SPAN6000 and above).

Major Requirements

30 CREDITS (10 THREE-CREDIT COURSES), WHICH MUST INCLUDE:

3 credits (1 course) in SPAN3395 Contextos

12 credits (4 advanced courses) at the 6000 level in literature and culture, which must include at least one course in each of the following categories:

  • Pre-1800 Peninsular literature and culture

  • Pre-1900 Latin American literature and culture

  • Post-1800 Peninsular literature and culture

  • Post-1900 Latin American literature and culture

15 credits (5 elective courses), which may be chosen from:

  • SPAN2216 Spanish Composition, Conversation and Reading II (as entry-level course only)

  • SPAN3392 Advanced Spanish

  • Additional courses at the 3000 or 6000 level in Hispanic Studies

  • Related courses with departmental permission

Notes and Conditions

  • Hispanic Studies majors are required to enroll in at least one 6000 level course during their senior year, regardless of whether they have completed the ten-course requirement for the major.

  • One-credit practicum courses do not count for the major.

  • Maximum transfer credit from study abroad toward a major: 15 credits (5 three-credit courses) for one year of study; 9 credits (3 three-credit courses) for one semester of study. No RLL credit will be granted for courses abroad conducted in English taken during a semester or academic year program.

  • Credit toward the Hispanic Studies major will be granted for courses taken abroad
    (1) conducted in Spanish; (2) of a sophistication and level of expectations appropriate for our program; (3) directly related to analysis of Spanish-speaking peoples’ cultural production. Students taking courses in other disciplines are encouraged to seek credit for those courses in the appropriate departments.

  • Students who transfer 9 credits (3 three-credit courses) or more from study abroad must take their remaining courses towards the major in the department.

  • Students who have taken SPAN3392, Advanced Spanish, will not receive credit for language or proficiency-building courses taken abroad.

  • Students who do not study abroad may take up to two courses related to their major program of study outside the Department of Romance Languages and Literatures, with departmental permission.

  • Approval for summer courses taught by Boston College faculty, including courses abroad, will be granted on a case-by-case basis

Minor Requirements

18 CREDITS (6 THREE-CREDIT COURSES), WHICH MUST INCLUDE:

3 credits (1 course): SPAN3395 Contextos

6 credits (2 advanced courses) at the 6000 level in literature and culture

9 credits (3 elective courses), which can be chosen from: 

  • SPAN2216 Spanish Composition, Conversation and Reading II (as entry-level course only)

  • SPAN3392 Advanced Spanish

  • Additional courses at the 6000 level in Hispanic Studies

Notes and Conditions

  • Hispanic Studies minors must enroll in at least one advanced course (6000 level) during their senior year, regardless of whether they have completed the six-course requirement for the minor.

  • One-credit practicum courses do not count for the minor.

  • Maximum transfer credit from study abroad toward a minor: 9 credits (3 approved three-credit courses) for one year of study; 6 credits (2 approved three-credit courses) for one semester of study.

  • Credit toward the Hispanic Studies major will be granted for courses taken abroad
    (1) conducted in Spanish; (2) of a sophistication and level of expectations appropriate for our program; (3) directly related to analysis of Spanish-speaking peoples’ cultural production. Students taking courses in other disciplines are encouraged to seek credit for those courses in the appropriate departments.

  • Students who have taken SPAN3392, Advanced Spanish, will not receive credit for grammar or proficiency courses taken abroad.

  • All courses for the Hispanic Studies minor will normally be in Spanish, though one relevant course taught in English may be counted toward the minor with permission from the Hispanic Studies Section.

  • Approval for summer courses taught by Boston College faculty, including courses abroad, will be granted on a case-by- case basis by the Director of Undergraduate Studies in consultation with the Hispanic Studies section.