Major and Minor Details
The Hispanic Studies Major
A major in Hispanic Studies consists of a minimum of 40 credits including the following required courses: 212, 311, and 312 plus at least six four-credit courses in HISP numbered 320 and higher, plus 394, and may include 12 transfer credits for study abroad.
Students majoring in Hispanic Studies must take at least one course each in the areas of literature, culture and linguistics beyond Spanish 312. All Hispanic Studies majors are required to spend at least one semester in a Spanish-speaking country. Students who are unable to participate in a semester-long study abroad program can fulfill this requirement through an Internship or a summer program. Many of our students also pursue a minor in Latin American Studies or a double major in related fields such as Education, Management, Political Science, Biology, History, English, Nursing, Social Work, etc. Courses taken in Spanish but with a disciplinary designation other than HISP will not be accepted as credits for the Hispanic Studies major or minor. This rule does not affect HISP designated courses that are accepted by other programs (such as Latino/Latin American Studies). Students wishing to obtain a high school or elementary teaching certificate should consult the department of Education for required or recommended courses.
Students who test out of 212, 311 and/or 312 must take additional 300 level courses beyond 312 to complete the minimum 40 credits.
The Hispanic Studies Minor
A minor in Hispanic Studies consists of a minimum of 24 credits including 212, 311, 312 plus three four-credit courses in HISP numbered 320 and higher with an expectation of balance between literature, culture and linguistics.
Students who test out of 212, 311 and/or 312 must take additional 300 level courses beyond 312 to complete a minimum 24 credits.
Initial Placement for Hispanic Studies Language Courses
The particular entry point within the sequence of language courses depends upon the results of a placement test, administered at the beginning of each semester for those beginning HISP111, 112 and 211. The placement test is required of every student with a prior knowledge of Spanish who wishes to enroll. This test will be available online before registration.