Major and Minor in Hispanic Studies

A Hispanic Studies major assures exceptional competence in Spanish by allowing students to work extensively and closely with the literary and cultural artifacts that language makes possible. Building on their linguistic proficiency consolidated in the language program, majors expand that proficiency to Hispanic culture, history, and arts. This training exercises and assures our students' ability to analyze texts and situations, as well as to conceive, articulate, and defend an original idea. Hispanic Studies minors reap similar benefits, albeit to a lesser extent, by taking at least two 6000-level courses.

Language Courses for the Major and Minor

Students may begin the major and minor programs with the following language courses, but need not do so. Advanced and native speakers should seek advisement from Prof. Esther Gimeno-Ugalde to confirm proficiency and determine where to begin the program.

Conversation, Composition and Reading II (SPAN2216) and Advanced Spanish (SPAN3392) are approved language courses for the Hispanic Studies major (30 credits) and Hispanic Studies minor (18 credits).

Please 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 SPAN 3395 Contextos

12 credits (4 advanced courses) at the 6000-level in Literature and Culture, which must include 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 can be chosen from:

  • SPAN 2216 Spanish Composition, Conversation and Reading II (as entry-level course only)

  • SPAN 3392 Advanced Spanish (formerly known as Naturalmente)

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

  • Related courses with departmental permission

Notes and Conditions

  • All RLL majors must enroll in one 6000-level course during their senior year, regardless of whether they have completed the six-course requirement for the minor.
  • 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.
  • RLL credit will be granted only for courses abroad (1) conducted in Spanish; (2) diretcly related to textual analysis in the cultural prodcution of Spanish-speaking peoples.
  • 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 takend SPAN3392, Advanced Spanish, will not receive credit for grammar or proficiency courses taken abroad.
  • 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): SPAN 3395 Contextos

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

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

  • SPAN 2216 Spanish Composition, Conversation and Reading II (as entry-level course only)
  • SPAN 3392 Advanced Spanish
  • Additional courses at the 6000 level in Hispanic Studies

Notes and Conditions

  • All courses for the minor must be in Spanish.
  • All RLL minors must enroll in one advanced course during their senior year, regardless of whether they have completed the six-course requirement for the minor.
  • Maximum transfer credit from study abroad toward a major: 15 credits (5 approved three-credit courses) for one year of study, 9 credits (3 approved three-credit courses) for one semester of study.
  • RLL credit will be granted for courses abroad (1) conducted in Spanish; (2) directly related to textual analysis of cultural production of Spanish-speaking peoples.
  • Approval for summer courses taught by Boston College faculty, including courses abroad, will be granted on a case-by- case basis.
  • One-credit practicum courses are not considered for the minor requirements.
  • Students who have taken SPAN3392, Advanced Spanish, will not receive credit for grammar or proficiency courses taken abroad.