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Major in Hispanic Studies with Specialization

A major in Hispanic Studies with specialization in other fields requires a total of fourteen courses and a minimum of 42 points.

Students who wish to complete this interdisciplinary major will choose a specialization in Anthropology, Art History, Economics, Film, Gender Studies (IRWAG), History, Latino Studies, Latin American Studies, Music, Political Science, Sociology or Urban Studies. A student’s transcript will reflect the discipline of specialization in Hispanic Studies.

Core courses

SPAN 3300 Advanced Language through Content

Under exceptional circumstances (for instance, a student who has earned a 5 in Advanced Placement (AP) Spanish or a native speaker who has completed high school in a Spanish-speaking country), a student may begin the program with SPAN 3349/3350, after approval by the Director of Undergraduate Studies (DUS), and later substitute an additional 3000- or 4000-level elective for SPAN 3300 to meet the point and course requirements for the major.

SPAN 3349 Hispanic Cultures I: Islamic Spain through the Colonial Period

SPAN 3350 Hispanic Cultures II: Enlightenment to the Present

SPAN 3991, 3992 or 3993 Senior Seminar in Hispanic Studies

Electives

Students need to select ten elective courses.

Four of these electives must be in the department, with a minimum of three 3000- or 4000-level courses.

Six of these courses must be in the field of specialization, among which three should be closely related to Hispanic Studies. Approved courses taken abroad may be counted as inside or outside the department or for the specialization. Up to 4 courses taken abroad may apply toward the major.

In special cases, and with DUS approval, students may complete some coursework in another discipline closely related to the one chosen. In exceptional cases, and again with DUS approval, students may take a Senior Seminar in their field of specialization as a seventh course outside the department if they have completed enough basic courses in that field to manage the demands of an advanced seminar.

In such cases, the DUS must receive a letter or email message from the seminar instructor indicating approval of a student’s membership in the course; the seminar project must be on a Hispanic topic; and a copy of the project should be turned in to the DUS in Spanish or Portuguese for the student’s file upon completion of the course. Students who complete the seminar in another department may also count it as the third elective course on a Hispanic topic outside the department, in which case they may take a fourth 3000- or 4000-level course in Spanish and Portuguese.

Students should work closely with the DUS to plan their program of study; they should also seek advising regarding coursework in their chosen specialization from appropriate sources (for example, from the DUS of their chosen discipline).

Here you can find the Planning Sheets and Forms to print and take to your meeting with the DUS for signing.

For more information, contact the department’s Director of Undergraduate Studies at ar2701@columbia.edu.

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