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Degree Programs

MAJOR IN SPANISH MINOR IN SPANISH MAJOR IN PORTUGUESE MINOR IN PORTUGUESE JOINT MAJOR IN SPANISH AND PORTUGUESE

All students who choose to major or minor in Spanish will be assigned an adviser based on last name. To declare a major or minor, please make an appointment with your departmental adviser. Allow about 15 minutes for the meeting, and bring with you the completed Major and Minor Declaration form, the Major and Minor information form and a list of the courses (including semester and year) you have already taken in the department (if you have taken any).

You will likely have questions about courses and requirements as the semester progresses, so please check the degree requirements in the Undergraduate Catalog. Any further questions may be directed to your major or minor faculty adviser according to your last name. Should you have further questions, address them to the Acting Director of Undergraduate Studies, Prof. Fernando Rivera-Diaz.

Students returning from a semester or year abroad should contact their departmental major or minor faculty adviser in order to get Tulane equivalences for the classes taken abroad.

Please refer to the Study Abroad Guidelines for general questions about selecting courses and transferring credits.

Honors students who want to write an Honors Thesis in the Department of Spanish and Portuguese, please refer to the Honors Thesis Guidelines.

If you have inquiries about first and second year language courses in Spanish, please contact the Language Program Director Roxanne Davila. For questions about the basic language program in Portuguese, please contact the Language Program Director Megwen Loveless.

Along with our stand alone major and minor programs in Spanish and Portuguese, we also offer a Joint Major in Spanish and Portuguese. Please see below for more details. All students who wish to take courses in Spanish must follow the sequence of classes, whether majors, minors, or not. See below for more details about the Department's major and minor programs: 


SPANISH MAJOR

The major in Spanish consists of 34 credits (11 courses + writing intensive/Tier II writing) to be distributed in the following manner:

3000 level (three courses, 9 credits)

1. One of the following three courses:
SPAN 3040 Spanish Grammar and Writing
SPAN 3050 Spanish Grammar and Writing for Business
SPAN 3060 Spanish Grammar and Writing for the Medical Profession
(prerequisite: SPAN 2040 or placement in SPAN 3040, SPAN 3050 or SPAN 3060)

2. One of the following three courses:
SPAN 3130 Introduction to Latin American Culture
SPAN 3240 Introduction to Spanish Culture
SPAN 3350 Introductory Topics in Hispanic Cultures
(prerequisite: SPAN 3040 or SPAN 3050 or SPAN 3060)

3. One of the following two courses:
SPAN 3270 Spanish and Latin American Literature & Cultures
SPAN 3280 Spanish and Latin American Literature & Film
(prerequisite: SPAN 3130 or SPAN 3240 or SPAN 3350)

4000 level (five courses, 15 credits)

4. SPAN 4060 Pre-20th Century Readings in Spanish
(prerequisite: SPAN 3040 or SPAN 3050 or SPAN 3060 and SPAN 3130 or SPAN 3240 or SPAN 3350 and SPAN 3270 or SPAN 3280 or language placement in
SPAN 4000 level or placement Spanish native speaker)
SPAN 4060 is a prerequisite for all other courses at the 4000 level and above.
This course may be taken concurrently with other 4000-level courses.

5-8. Choose any four courses at the 4000 level.
Each student is required to take ONE pre-twentieth-century course at the 4000 level (besides SPAN 4060)

*** NOTE: Pending approval, relevant internships may count as a one credit elective but do not count towards the major or minor.

*** NOTE: EITHER SPAN 4060 or ONE pre-twentieth-century course at the 4000 level has to be taken on campus in the Department of Spanish and Portuguese.

6000 level (three courses + writing intensive, 10 credits)

9-10. Any two 6000 level courses.

11. SPAN 6850 Senior Seminar (Capstone) (counts as a Tier II writing/ writing intensive course)

Sequence of Courses:

All courses in the major must be taken in sequence, although two sequential classes may be taken simultaneously (except 3040 or 3050 or 3060 which are prerequisites for other courses at 3000 level).
Students may not receive credit for courses taken out of sequence.

Senior Seminar must be taken in the Department of Spanish and Portuguese in either semester of their senior year.
The department usually offers one section of senior seminar in the fall and two sections in the spring.
This course is designated as "writing intensive."

Pre-20th century requirement:

Each student is required to take ONE pre-twentieth-century course at 4000 level (in addition to 4060)

The following courses satisfy the pre-twentieth-century requirement:

4000 level: SPAN 4140, SPAN 4280, SPAN 4420, SPAN 4430
(SPAN 4060 does not satisfy this requirement)

Other courses may also apply with departmental approval.

DOUBLE MAJORS

Double majors must complete 31 credits (ten courses + writing intensive) in the Spanish major, with a reduction of one 6000-level course. Double majors may receive credit for one course taught in English, not to be counted above the 4000 level.

HONORS STUDENTS

Honors students who write an honors thesis in the Department of Spanish and Portuguese can have their thesis count as one 6000-level course.

NATIVE AND HERITAGE SPEAKERS

Native speakers of Spanish begin the major with SPAN 4060. Additionally, they complete any seven courses at the 4000 level, as well as the three requirements at the 6000 level.
Native speakers complete the minor with SPAN 4060, plus five additional 4000-level courses.
Native speakers may not enroll in courses at the 3000 level.
Heritage speakers of Spanish must meet with the Director of Undergraduate Studies to determine their placement in the program.


SPANISH MINOR

The Spanish minor consists of 18 credits (6 classes), which are constituted by numbers 1-3 above, plus any other three 4000-level courses. Minors are encouraged, but not required, to take SPAN 4060. Minors may not receive credit for courses taught in English.

Pre-20th century requirement:

Each student is required to take EITHER SPAN 4060 OR ONE pre-twentieth-century course at the 4000 level, to be taken on campus in the Department of Spanish and Portuguese.

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STUDY ABROAD GUIDELINES

All majors and minors in Spanish are strongly encouraged to participate in Tulane’s language-intensive Study Abroad Programs. Prior to their participation, majors and minors must complete at least SPAN 3040, SPAN 3050, or SPAN 3060 although the ideal study abroad candidate will have fulfilled all three courses at the 3000 level. Click here for complete Study Abroad Guidelines.
For more information on study abroad programs, visit http://global.tulane.edu.


PORTUGUESE MAJOR

Students majoring in Portuguese must complete ten courses (30 credits) beyond the 2000 level. All majors must take at least three 6000-level courses except for Junior Year Abroad students, who are required to take two 6000-level courses in the department. The Portuguese Major is classified as a coordinate major, meaning that it must be paired with a separate primary major (for example, Latin American Studies, Public Health, etc) and cannot be taken as a student's sole major. Students complete their writing intensive requirement (Tier II writing for students entering Tulane Fall 2018 and onward), service learning requirement, and capstone course through the primary major.


PORTUGUESE MINOR

A minor in Portuguese consists of 15 credits above the 2000 level, at least one of which must be at the 6000 level.


JOINT MAJOR IN SPANISH AND PORTUGUESE

Students pursuing the joint major in Spanish and Portuguese must complete 34 credits (eleven courses + Tier II writing/writing intensive) to be distributed as follows:

  • at the 3000 level, two courses in Spanish and two in Portuguese
  • at the 4000 level, two courses in Spanish, including SPAN 4060, and two in Portuguese
  • and at the 6000 level, SPAN 6850 (Tier II writing/writing intensive) and two other courses in the department, at least one of which must be a 6000-level course in Portuguese.

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