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Spanish and Portuguese

Major in Spanish
Honors in the Major in Spanish
Major in Portuguese
Honors in the Major in Portuguese
Spanish Courses
Portuguese Courses

1018 Van Hise Hall, 1220 Linden Drive, Madison, WI 53706; 608-262-2093; fax 608-262-9671; spanpor@mailplus.wisc.edu; spanport.lss.wisc.edu

Professors Albuquerque, Bilbija, Corfis, De Ferrari, Egea, Frantzen, Hildner, Hutchinson, Madureira, Medina, Podestá, Sapega, Zamora; Associate Professors Beilin, Close, Hernández, Pellegrini, Sánchez, Stafford; Assistant Professors Ancos, Armstrong, Cerezo, Comparone, Goldgel-Carballo, Rao, Sessarego; Lecturers Alcalá-Galán, Pujol; Faculty Associate Gemrich; Associate Faculty Associates Egon, Harrington, Kaaikiola Strohbusch

Undergraduate advisor: Karen Thompson, 702 Van Hise Hall, 608-265-3183, klthompson3@wisc.edu; see also Undergraduate Advising on the department website.

Faculty diversity liaison: Juan Egea, jfegea@wisc.edu

Major in Spanish

Following are the Spanish major requirements for all students declaring the Spanish major on or after August 26, 2013.

Spanish Major Prerequisites

Concurrent enrollment is permitted. These prerequisites must be completed before studying more advanced levels of literature or culture/civilization. Please note that though these courses do not count toward the 27 credits required for the Spanish major, all Spanish majors must complete both of these courses. Students can declare the Spanish major at any time; completion of these courses is not a prerequisite to Spanish major declaration.

Spanish 223 Introduction to Hispanic Cultures
Spanish 224 Introduction to Hispanic Literature

Language Practice (3 credits)

Spanish 311 Introduction to Advanced Language Practice

Linguistics (3 credits)

Spanish 320 Spanish Phonetics, Spanish 331 Applied Spanish Linguistics, or Spanish 321 Structure of Spanish from a Linguistic Perspective*
*course to be created

Culture/Civilization (3 credits)

A culture/civilization course at or above the 300 level (361 Spanish Civilization, 363 Spanish American Civilization, 468 Topics in Hispanic Culture, 469 Topics in Hispanic Culture in the U.S., 476 Study Abroad—Hispanic Cultures)

Literature (3 credits)

One 300-level survey literature course (322 Early Hispanic, 324 Modern Spanish, 326 Spanish American)

Additional Literature and/or Culture/Civilization and/or Linguistics (9 credits)

Additional course work in Literature (322, 324, 326, any 400-level literature course), Culture/Civilization (361, 363, 468, 469, 476), Linguistics (320, 321*, 327, 331, 429, 446, 474), or Undergraduate Seminar 470
*course to be created

Required Elective Credits (6 credits)

6 additional credits in courses at or above the 300 level to be selected from language practice, culture/civilization, literature, and/or linguistics courses in Spanish. Students may also choose to take up to four credits in Latin, French, Italian, or Portuguese, beginning with Latin 103, French 201, Italian 201, or Portuguese 301 and/or more advanced offerings.

Course work in Portuguese is recommended.

Total: 27 credits

Advanced Course Work

A minimum of three 400-level credits in any area must be taken.

Faculty Engagement

At least 6 major-level credits must be taken while physically present on the UW–Madison campus.

Honors in the Major in Spanish

Students wishing to enroll in Honors in the Major in Spanish must consult with the undergraduate advisor in the Department of Spanish & Portuguese to declare an Honors Major. Honors candidates in Spanish are expected to maintain a minimum GPA of 3.5 for all Spanish courses at or above the 300 level and a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.3. Honors candidates in Spanish are required to take at least 9 honors credits at the major level, 6 of which must be above 326. Undergraduate courses in which Honors candidates can enroll for Honors credits are indicated by "%," "!," and "H" in the Course Guide. In addition to the 9 credits of Honors coursework, the Honors candidate must complete a Senior Honors Thesis (6 credits: Spanish 681 and Spanish 682) under the direction of a UW–Madison Spanish faculty member, who must be consulted about the project by the beginning of the student's senior year (at the latest) so that a topic can be formulated. In certain circumstances (particularly when the student is an Honors candidate in two or more departments), two graduate courses in literature, linguistics, or cultural studies (6 credits) at the 500 or 600 level—from Spanish 501 to Spanish 640—may be substituted for the Honors Thesis, upon recommendation by the undergraduate advisor. Study abroad in Spain or Spanish America is highly recommended.

Major in Portuguese

Following are the Portuguese major requirements for all students declaring the Portuguese major on or after August 23, 2010.

26 credits beyond Portuguese 201 (may not include Portuguese 301, which is the equivalent of 101 and 102). Must include:

Literature (6 credits)

One 400-level survey of literature course (411, 412, 467, or 468) and another literature course at or above the 400 level

Culture/Civilization (4 credits)

At least one culture/civilization course at or above the 300 level

Composition and Conversation (6 credits)

Two composition courses (225, 226, 311, or 312)

Elective Credits in Portuguese (6 credits)

Two additional courses at or above the 300 level to be selected from literature, culture/civilization, composition and conversation, or linguistics in Portuguese, or from "fourth" credits for those courses

Total: 26 credits

Second Romance Language

Equivalent of two university semesters of another Romance language (French, Italian, or Spanish) taken either in high school or in college.

Course work in Spanish is recommended.

All Portuguese majors are required to submit to the department, before graduation, a portfolio consisting of four pieces of writing from Portuguese courses at or above the 300 level. Each must be at least 300 words and must be distributed as follows:

one sample from a literature course
one sample from a language practice course
one sample from a culture/civilization course
one sample from another Portuguese course (at or above the 300 level) of the student's choosing

Details on portfolio submission can be found on the supplementary information sheet signed by each student upon declaration of the Portuguese major.

Honors in the Major in Portuguese

Students wishing to enroll in Honors in the Major in Portuguese must consult with the Undergraduate Advisor in the Department of Spanish & Portuguese to declare an Honors major. Honors candidates in Portuguese are expected to maintain a minimum GPA of 3.5 for all Portuguese courses at or above the 300 level and a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.3. Honors candidates in Portuguese are required, as are all Portuguese majors, to take 26 credits in Portuguese courses beyond Portuguese 201, and 8 credits of another Romance language. Honors candidates must take a minimum of 16 of these credits as honors courses. Undergraduate courses in which honors candidates can enroll for honors credits are indicated by "%," "!, and "H" in the Course Guide.

Honors candidates should consult with the instructor within the first two weeks of the semester regarding the Honors work to be done in each particular undergraduate course. Of the 16 credits, 6 must be in the Senior Honors Thesis (Portuguese 681 and Portuguese 682) or two graduate courses or seminars (totaling 6 credits) taken with special permission of the undergraduate advisor The faculty advisor for the Senior Honors Thesis should be consulted about the project as early as possible (and not later than the beginning of the student's junior year) to formulate a topic and to allow the student the potential to take part in the funding cycle for their senior year.