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Organization, Regulations, and Courses 2017-18


Spanish and Portuguese Languages and Literatures

Chair: S. D. Spitta

Professors R. E. Biron, R. Bueno, J. M. del Pino, I. Lozano-Renieblas, B. Pastor, S. D. Spitta; Associate Professors J. Aguado, N. S. Cirnigliaro, S. Díaz-Duhalde, R. A. Franconi, A. Gómez, A. Martín, I. Reyes; Assistant Professors J. Ariza, C. Minchillo, S. Muñoz, A. Santana; Research Assistant Professor R. R. Agudo; Senior Lecturers P. Asensio, C. Bascuñán-Sedlacek, R. M. Matorras, G. M. Mayo-Prada, N. Monetti, D. J. Moody, I. Saucedo; Lecturers K. Antigua, P. Carranza; Visiting Lecturers A. Gabor, J. Quintana-Navarrete, M. S. Soares de Oliveira

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Major and Minor

The program in Spanish and Portuguese offers the opportunity to do intellectual work in the Humanities in a foreign language. Students may graduate in one of the following major concentrations: (a) Hispanic Studies, (b) Romance Studies, (c) Modified Major in Hispanic Studies, and (d) Modified Major in Lusophone Studies.  Our three minor programs are Hispanic Studies, Lusophone Studies (Literature and Culture of the Portuguese speaking world), and Hispanic and Lusophone Studies.

The areas of concentration developed in the Department focus on the languages, literatures, and cultures of the Spanish and Portuguese speaking world and the Hispanic and Lusophone communities in the United States. The curriculum encourages students to explore the cultural, social, political, and economic specificities of these regions. To that end, courses cover a variety of historical periods, regional traditions, modes of artistic expression, and forms of cultural critique. The major provides students with interpretive and writing skills that are key for careers in the arts and humanities, education, government, international relations, international business, law, and social service. It also directly prepares students to succeed in graduate school in such fields as Hispanic and Lusophone Studies, Cultural Studies, History, and Comparative Literature, among others.

In consultation with a Major Advisor, students select their upper-level courses from a wide array of yearly offerings. Students are encouraged to meet with a Major Advisor of the Department of Spanish and Portuguese early in their studies to review course selections, discuss foreign study programs, and plan for an Honors Thesis on a topic of interest. Major programs usually include at least one term of study in a Dartmouth Foreign Study Program (FSP) in Spain or Latin America. All major and minor plans must be approved in person by a Major Advisor of the Department of Spanish and Portuguese after the student has submitted their online course of study.


A. Major in Hispanic Studies

Prerequisite: SPAN 9 (or equivalent)

The major program in Hispanic Studies consists of at least 9 courses numbered 20 or higher. All courses for this Major are taught in Spanish. In special cases, students may substitute one upper level course offered in English in a related field toward this requirement. Approval for this option will be granted on a case-by-case basis, and only for a course taken after a student has completed Spanish 20. Students must submit a written petition to the Chair during the term preceding the English language course and the petition must be approved by the Department. This option is not available for Majors in Romance Studies or Modified Majors.

Courses must be distributed as follows:

1. SPAN 20

SPAN 20 is required for majors and minors and counts towards the major and minor. It can be taken concurrently with other 30-level courses, but it is a prerequisite for upper-level courses (SPAN 40 and higher).

2. Spanish Survey Courses and Foreign Study Programs

a. Survey Courses: SPAN 30, SPAN 31, SPAN 32

These are introductory courses with a historical or survey approach. All students must take at least one of these courses.

Students not participating on a Foreign Study Program may count up to two of these courses toward the major. Foreign Study Program students may count only one.

b. Foreign Study Courses: SPAN 33, SPAN 34, SPAN 35, SPAN 36

Prerequisites: Students participate in a Foreign Study Program after having successfully completed SPAN 9 (or equivalent) and one course from the 30, 31 and 32 survey sequence.

Students may count up to two Foreign Study Program courses (SPAN 33-36) toward the major. The total number of courses that Foreign Study Program students may count towards their major from the 30 sequence (Spanish 30-36) will never exceed three.

Note: Students studying on two Foreign Study Programs will consult with the Major Advisor and petition the department for individual adjustments.

3. Topics Courses: SPAN 40- 77

In consultation with the Major Advisor, students choose at least four of these upper-level courses from among the offerings of the department. Students who do not participate in a Foreign Study Program must choose at least five.

4. Independent Study: SPAN 83

One Independent Study (SPAN 83) may count as an upper-level course for the major. The Department projects its upper-level offerings up to two years in advance so that students can thoughtfully plan an individualized course of study in consultation with the Major Advisor. Students interested in pursuing an Independent Study must identify their topic, faculty advisor, and present a proposal to their faculty advisor and to the Department for approval no later than the seventh week of the term preceding the term they wish to undertake the Independent Study.

5. Culminating Experience: Senior Seminar (SPAN 80)

The Senior Seminar is required for all seniors. SPAN 80 allows students to explore, debate, and creatively produce written work or other forms of knowledge (plays, short films, photographic essays, etc.) on a topic relevant to Hispanic Studies, a process enhanced by the small group setting of the seminar. SPAN 80 fulfills the Culminating Experience required for the major and will be offered several times each academic year.

*In special cases, the Culminating Experience may be fulfilled by a different upper-level course. In that case, students will be required to complete additional work as established by the course professor. A petition to the Major Advisor and Chair must be made by the last week of the term prior to registering for this alternate course.

*Upon formal request, juniors may be allowed to take the Senior Seminar when petitioned for approval to the faculty member teaching the course and to the Major Advisor.

B. Major in Romance Studies

Prerequisite: SPAN 9 (or equivalent)

Students wishing to pursue a major in Romance Studies must take courses in two of the Romance Languages offered at Dartmouth College (Spanish, Portuguese, French, or Italian), one serving as their primary language, the other as their secondary. This major option will consist of a minimum of ten courses beyond the prerequisites listed above for the Major in Hispanic Studies or Minor in Lusophone Studies. Six of these courses will be selected among the course offerings of the primary language and four from the secondary. Students will work closely with the Major Advisor in coordinating their course of study.

When Spanish is the primary language, the six courses in this language must be distributed as follows:

Prerequisite: SPAN 9

1. SPAN 20

SPAN 20 is required for majors and minors and counts towards the major and minor. It can be taken concurrently with other 30-level courses, but it is a prerequisite for upper-level courses (SPAN 40 and higher).

2. Survey Courses (SPAN 30-32) and Foreign Study Program Courses (SPAN 33-36)

Students must take at least one of these courses. No more than two may count toward the major (except for students doing a Foreign Study Program, who can count a maximum of three). The prerequisites for Foreign Study Programs also apply to majors in Romance Studies.

3. Upper Level Courses (SPAN 40 – 77) and Independent Study (SPAN 83)*

In consultation with the Major Advisor, students choose the remaining courses from the upper-level course list.

*One Independent Study (SPAN 83) may count as an upper-level course for the Major in Romance Studies. The Department projects its upper-level offerings up to two years in advance so that students can thoughtfully plan an individualized course of study in consultation with the Major Advisor. Students interested in pursuing an Independent Study must identify their topic, faculty advisor, and present a proposal to their faculty advisor and to the Department for approval no later than the seventh week of the term preceding the term they wish to undertake the Independent Study.

4. Culminating Experience: Senior Seminar (SPAN 80)

Students pursuing a major in Romance Studies whose primary language is Spanish must take the Senior Seminar (Spanish 80) as one of their six upper-level courses. This course also fulfills the Culminating Experience required of all seniors.

The four courses in the secondary language must be selected from among courses that count towards the major or minor in that respective language.

When Portuguese is the primary language, the six courses in this language must be distributed as follows:

Prerequisite: PORT 9

1. Survey Courses PORT 20

2. Upper level courses (PORT 60 – 63), Language Study Abroad Plus (PORT 10 and 12), Foreign Study Program (PORT 35 and 36, and Independent Study PORT 83). Students must take four of the courses in this list.

*One Independent Study (PORT 83) counts for the Major in Romance Studies. The Department projects its upper-level offerings two years in advance so that students can thoughtfully plan an individualized course of study in consultation with the Major Advisor. Students interested in pursuing an Independent Study must identify their topic, faculty advisor, and present a proposal to their faculty advisor and to the Department for approval by the last week of the term prior to registration for PORT 83.

3. Culminating Experience: Senior Seminar (PORT 80)

Students pursuing a major in Romance Studies whose primary language is Portuguese must take the Senior Seminar (Portuguese 80) as one of their six upper-level courses. This course fulfills the Culminating Experience required of all seniors.

The four courses in the secondary language must be selected from among courses that count towards the major or minor in that respective language.

C. Modified Major in Hispanic Studies

Prerequisite: SPAN 9 (or equivalent)

The modified major in Hispanic Studies consists of 10 courses, at least six of which must be in Spanish and the remaining four from appropriate major-level courses offered by other departments. The six Spanish courses must be distributed as follows:

Prerequisite: SPAN 9 (or equivalent)

The modified major in Hispanic Studies consists of 10 courses, at least six of which must be in Spanish and the remaining four from appropriate major-level courses offered by other departments. The six Spanish courses must be distributed as follows:

1. SPAN 20

SPAN 20 is required for majors and minors and counts towards the major and minor. It can be taken concurrently with other 30-level courses, but it is a prerequisite for upper-level courses (SPAN 40 and higher).

2. Survey Courses (SPAN 30-32) and Foreign Study Courses (33-36)

Students must take at least one of these courses. No more than two of these courses may count toward the major (except for students doing a foreign study program, who can count a maximum of three). The prerequisites for Foreign Study Programs also apply to modified majors in Hispanic Studies.

3. Upper Level Courses (SPAN 40 – 77) and Independent Study (SPAN 83)*

In consultation with the Major Advisor, students choose the remaining courses for their Modified major from the upper-level course list.

*One Independent Study (SPAN 83) may count as an upper-level course for the Modified Major in Hispanic Studies. The Department projects its upper-level offerings up to two years in advance so that students can thoughtfully plan an individualized course of study in consultation with the Major Advisor. Students interested in pursuing an Independent Study must identify their topic, faculty advisor, and present a proposal to their faculty advisor and to the Department for approval no later than the seventh week of the term preceding the term they wish to undertake the Independent Study.

4. Culminating Experience: Senior Seminar (SPAN 80)

Students pursuing a Modified Major in Spanish must take the Senior Seminar (Spanish 80) as one of their six upper-level courses. This course also fulfills the Culminating Experience required of all seniors.

D. Modified Major in Lusophone Studies

Prerequisite: PORT 9

The modified major in Lusophone Studies consists of ten courses, at least six of which must be in Portuguese and the remaining four from appropriate major-level courses offered by other departments. The six Portuguese courses must be distributed as follows:

Survey Courses PORT 20

Upper level courses (PORT 60 – 63), Language Study Abroad Plus (PORT 10 and 12), and Independent Study (PORT 83). Students must take four of the courses in this list.

*One Independent Study (PORT 83) may also count as an upper level course for the Modified Major. The Department projects its upper-level offerings two years in advance so that students can thoughtfully plan an individualized course of study in consultation with the Major Advisor. Students interested in pursuing an Independent Study must identify their topic, faculty advisor, and present a proposal to their faculty advisor and to the Department for approval no later than the seventh week of the term preceding the term they wish to undertake the Independent Study.

3. Culminating Experience: Senior Seminar (PORT 80)

Students pursuing a Modified Major in Lusophone Studies whose primary language is Portuguese must take the Senior Seminar (PORT 80) as one of their six upper-level courses. This course fulfills the Culminating Experience required of all seniors.

Minor

A. Minor in Hispanic Studies

All minor plans must be approved in person by a Major/Minor Advisor of the Department of Spanish and Portuguese after the student has submitted their online course of study.

Prerequisite: SPAN 9

The minor in Hispanic Studies consists of at least five additional courses, which must be distributed as follows:

1. SPAN 20

SPAN 20 is required for majors and minors and counts towards the major and minor. It can be taken concurrently with other 30-level courses, but it is a prerequisite for upper-level courses (SPAN 40 and higher).

2. Survey Courses (SPAN 30-32) and FSP Courses (SPAN 33-36)

Students must take at least one of these courses. No more than two may count toward the minor, except for students doing a Foreign Study Program who can count a maximum of three.

3. Upper Level Courses (SPAN 40 - 77) and Independent Study (SPAN 83)*

In consultation with a faculty advisor, students choose the remaining courses from the upper-level offering. The Department projects its course offerings up to two years in advance so that students can thoughtfully plan an individualized course of study in consultation with the Major Advisor.

*One Independent Study (SPAN 83) may also count as an upper-level course for the Minor. Students interested in pursuing an Independent Study must identify their topic, faculty advisor, and present a proposal to their faculty advisor and to the Department for approval no later than the seventh week of the term preceding the term they wish to undertake the Independent Study.

4. Senior Seminar (SPAN 80)

Seniors pursuing a Minor in Spanish are encouraged to register for a Senior Seminar. This course automatically counts as one of the required upper level courses for the Minor.

B. Minor in Lusophone Studies

All minor plans must be approved in person by a Major/Minor Advisor of the Department of Spanish and Portuguese after the student has submitted their online course of study.

Prerequisite: PORT 9

The minor in Lusophone Studies consists of at least five additional courses, which must be distributed as follows:

1. Survey Courses PORT 20

2. Upper level courses (PORT 60 – 63), Language Study Abroad Plus (PORT 10 and 12), and Independent Study (PORT 83). Students must take four of the courses in this list.

*One Independent Study (PORT 83) counts for the Minor in Lusophone Studies. The Department projects its upper-level offerings two years in advance so that students can thoughtfully plan an individualized course of study in consultation with the Major Advisor. Students interested in pursuing an Independent Study must identify their topic, faculty advisor, and present a proposal to their faculty advisor and to the Department for approval no later than the seventh week of the term preceding the term they wish to undertake the Independent Study.

C. Minor in Hispanic Lusophone Studies

 All minor plans must be approved in person by a Major/Minor Advisor of the Department of Spanish and Portuguese after the student has submitted their online course of study.

 Prerequisites: PORT 9 and SPAN 9 or 15 (or equivalent)

The Minor in Hispanic and Lusophone Studies consists of at least five additional courses, which must be distributed as follows:

1. PORT 20 and SPAN 20 - required for the Minor
2. Upper level courses: two in Portuguese and one in Spanish or two in Spanish and one in Portuguese

These courses can be taken in any combination, either on campus or abroad.

Portuguese courses on campus: PORT 60-63, 83
Spanish courses on campus: SPAN 30-32, 40-77

Portuguese courses abroad: PORT 10, 12 (LSA+São Paulo), PORT 35, 36 (FSP São Paulo)
Spanish courses abroad: SPAN 20, 32 (LSA+ Cuzco), SPAN 20, 32 (LSA+ Santander), SPAN 33, 35 (FSP Buenos Aires), SPAN 34, 36 (FSP Madrid)

Transfer Credit

Only upon its approval will the Department of Spanish and Portuguese allow for a maximum of two transfer credits from comparable institutions. The Department does not give transfer credit for SPAN 1, SPAN 2, or SPAN 3 or PORT 1 or PORT 3.

Honors Program

Students who qualify for the Honors Program (described in Regulations section of this catalog) and wish to pursue this Program in any of the major options offered by the Department must identify a topic of interest and a faculty advisor who will serve as the director of the Honors Project. Students will prepare a written proposal and submit it to their advisor and to the department for approval. The proposal must be submitted by the end of the term prior to registering for SPAN 90.

All students pursuing an Honors Program must take the Honors Course (SPAN 90) and complete an Honors Thesis (SPAN 91).

Language Study Abroad

Spanish L.S.A. Winter, Spring: Barcelona, Spain
Winter, Spring: Buenos Aires, Argentina

Prerequisite: Minimum grade of B– in SPAN 2, or equivalent preparation; acceptance into the program. Students live with families for one term in Spain or Argentina.

A student may choose to satisfy the language requirement through a combination of two preparatory courses at Dartmouth and one term of L.S.A. The preparatory courses must be taken within six months of departure. Students who have not had Spanish at Dartmouth or who have had Spanish 2 more than six months before departure must attend a Special Drill (non-credit) designed to prepare them for the program. Students who have fulfilled the language requirement are not eligible for the L.S.A.

Upon successful completion of the program, credit will be awarded for SPAN 3, SPAN 5, and SPAN 6. Course 3 completes the language requirement.

Students will be accepted on the basis of their application forms and letters of reference; actual participation in the program is contingent upon the maintenance of satisfactory academic standing, satisfactory participation in the Special Drill (for those who must take it), and compliance with orientation procedures.

For application and deadline information, consult the Off-Campus Programs Office in 44 N. College Street.

Language Study Abroad Plus

Spanish L.S.A.+ Summer: Santander, Spain

Prerequisite: Minimum grade of B- in Spanish 9, or equivalent preparation; acceptance into the program.

The L.S.A. Plus is a program designed for students who have satisfied the language requirement and are prepared for a more advanced language study abroad experience.  Students who have had Spanish 9 or its equivalent more than six months before departure must attend Special Drill (non-credit) during the term prior to the program.

Upon successful completion of the program, credit will be awarded for SPAN 20, 22 and 32.  Spanish 20 and 32 offer credit toward the major in Hispanic Studies or Romance Studies, or the minor in Hispanic Studies.  Spanish 32 may also serve as the 30 level prerequisite course for the F.S.P. in Madrid, Spain or Buenos Aires, Argentina.

Students will be accepted on the basis of their application forms, letters of reference, and an interview; actual participation in the program is contingent upon the maintenance of satisfactory academic standing, satisfactory participation in drill (for those who must take it), and compliance with orientation procedures.

For application and deadline information, consult the Off-Campus Programs Office in 44 N. College Street.

Spanish L.S.A.+ Fall: Cuzco, Peru

Prerequisite: Minimum grade of B- in Spanish 9, or equivalent preparation; acceptance into the program.

The L.S.A. Plus is a program designed for students who have satisfied the language requirement and are prepared for a more advanced language study abroad experience.  Students who have had Spanish 9 or its equivalent more than six months before departure must attend Special Drill (non-credit) during the term prior to the program.

Upon successful completion of the program, credit will be awarded for SPAN 20, 21 and 32.  Spanish 20 and 32 offer credit toward the major in Hispanic Studies or Romance Studies, or the minor in Hispanic Studies.  Spanish 32 may also serve as the 30 level prerequisite course for the F.S.P. in Madrid, Spain or Buenos Aires, Argentina.

Students will be accepted on the basis of their application forms, letters of reference, and an interview; actual participation in the program is contingent upon the maintenance of satisfactory academic standing, satisfactory participation in drill (for those who must take it), and compliance with orientation procedures.

For application and deadline information, consult the Off-Campus Programs Office in 44 N. College Street.

Portuguese L.S.A.+ Winter: São Paulo, Brazil

Prerequisite: Minimum grade of B in Portuguese 3, or equivalent preparation; acceptance into the program.

The L.S.A. Plus is a program designed for students who have satisfied the language requirement and are prepared for a more advanced language study abroad experience.  Students who have had Portuguese 3 or its equivalent more than six months before departure must attend Special Drill (non-credit) during the term prior to the program.

Upon successful completion of the program, credit will be awarded for PORT 9, 10 and 12.  Portuguese 10 and 12 offer credit toward the minor in Lusophone Studies, the major in Romance Studies with Portuguese as the primary language, and the modified major in Lusophone Studies.

Students will be accepted on the basis of their application forms, letters of reference, and an interview; actual participation in the program is contingent upon the maintenance of satisfactory academic standing, satisfactory participation in drill (for those who must take it), and compliance with orientation procedures.

For application and deadline information, consult the Off-Campus Programs Office in 44 N. College Street.

Foreign Study

Spanish F.S.P. Fall: Madrid, Spain
Spring: Buenos Aires, Argentina

Prerequisite: Acceptance into the program and one course from SPAN 30, SPAN 31 or SPAN 32.

Students live with families for one term in Argentina or Spain. Special Dartmouth courses taught by local faculty and by the accompanying Dartmouth faculty member are offered in advanced grammar and stylistics, literature, art, and civilization. Demonstration of the importance of the program to the student’s overall academic program at Dartmouth is an important factor considered for acceptance.

Upon successful completion of the program, credit will be awarded for three courses (Argentina—SPAN 23, SPAN 33, SPAN 35; OR Spain—SPAN 24, SPAN 34, SPAN 36), those at the 30 level may be counted towards the major in Spanish.

Foreign Study may not be taken during a student’s last Dartmouth term.

For application and deadline information, consult the Off-Campus Programs Office in 44 N. College Street.