Hispanic Studies Major and Minor

The Plan A major—Plan A majors are required to have a total of 12.5 courses (beyond HISP 202). Students choose between one of two possible tracks: peninsular studies and Latin American studies. The required courses (totaling 9.5 credits) are to be distributed in the following manner: two courses at the 260 level; HISP 270; HISP 280; HISP 290 (0.5); one course on an aspect of Hispanic culture taught by another department (related field); three courses at the 300 level, two of which must be in the student's chosen subfield; and HISP 401: Senior Seminar, will engage theoretical and critical readings around a common theme related to the Spanish-speaking world and require an analytical research paper on a specific topic related to the common theme. (NB: Students in the classes of 2016 and 2017 who declared the major with the expectation of being able to write an individual senior theses under the former HISP 401: Senior Thesis Seminar may petition to write an individual thesis. Please speak with your advisor about this option).
 
The rest of the credits within the major are earned through elective courses. No more than three courses taken abroad are valid for the major. Only one 300-level course taken abroad is valid for the major. All other required courses within the major must be taken with faculty at Trinity's Hartford campus. Electives could include 221, 224, 226, extra 260-level courses, certain approved courses taken abroad, or extra 300-level courses.
 
Majors who wish to study abroad are expected to study in one of the official Trinity sites: Trinity-in-Buenos Aires or Trinity-in-Barcelona. We also offer a one-month study abroad experience in Barcelona (see HISP 227). Requests to study elsewhere will be given consideration, and approval will depend on solid academic reasons for requesting an alternative site. All students wishing to receive credit toward the major for courses taken at Trinity's global sites in Barcelona or Buenos Aires must have taken at least one thematically appropriate (Iberian or Latin American) civilization and culture course (HISP 261, HISP 262, HISP 263, HISP 264) before their departure. Careful planning in coordination with the student's adviser and the department's faculty sponsors of the two global sites (Associate Professor Lambright or Assistant Prof. Hubert for Buenos Aires; Professor Harrington for Barcelona) is therefore essential.
 
Courses taken abroad will generally count as electives or “related fields” credits. Students may request that one upper-level course taken at an approved study-abroad program count toward the required number of 300-level courses.
 
Students who are unable to study abroad must take an extra 300-level course to substitute for HISP 290.
Approved courses in Portuguese or Catalan may be counted as electives toward the major. Teaching assistant credits may not count toward the major or minor.
 
Required courses for the Plan A major
Peninsular                                                                          Latin American
Three electives                                                                Three electives
HISP 261 or 262                                                              HISP 263 or 264
(Study abroad, usually in Barcelona)              (Study abroad, usually in Buenos Aires)
HISP 260 series (Open)                                             HISP 260 series (Open)
HISP 270                                                                              HISP 270
HISP 280                                                                              HISP 280
HISP 290 (.5 credits)                                                   HISP 290 (.5 credits)
One related field course                                             One related field course
HISP 300 (Peninsular)                                               HISP 300 (Latin American)
HISP 300 (Peninsular or Transatlantic)       HISP 300 (Latin American or Transatlantic)
HISP 300 (Latin American)                                   HISP 300 (Peninsular)
HISP 401 (Thesis, Peninsular topic)                HISP 401 (Thesis, Latin American topic)
 
The Plan B major—Plan B majors whose primary concentration is in Hispanic studies are required to take the following courses (totaling 7.5 credits beyond HISP 102): two courses at the 260 level in the track of the student's choice, HISP 270, HISP 280, HISP 290 (0.5), one course at the 300 level in the track of the student's choice, one course at the 300 level with a focus on the “other” subfield of the discipline (a transatlantic course may be substituted here), and HISP 401. In this final exercise, if possible, the student will engage in in-depth study of a theme that integrates material from the primary and secondary fields of linguistic and cultural competence. The remaining five credits for the major will be taken in the student's secondary area of linguistic and cultural competence. Students who do not study abroad in a Spanish-speaking country must take an extra 300-level course to substitute for HISP 290.

Majors whose primary competence is Spanish and who wish to study abroad are expected to study in one of the official Trinity sites: Trinity-in-Buenos Aires or Trinity-in-Barcelona. Requests to study elsewhere will be given consideration and approval will depend on solid academic reasons for requesting an alternative site. All students wishing to receive credit toward the major for courses taken at Trinity's global sites in Barcelona, Spain, or Buenos Aires, Argentina, must have taken at least one thematically appropriate (Iberian or Latin American) civilization and culture course (HISP 261, HISP 262, HISP 263, HISP 264) before their departure. Careful planning in coordination with the student's adviser and the department's faculty sponsors of the sites is therefore essential.

Requirements for the Plan B major with primary competence in Hispanic studie
Peninsular                                                                                  Latin American
HISP 261                                                                                      HISP 263
HISP 262                                                                                      HISP 264
HISP 270                                                                                      HISP 270
HISP 280                                                                                      HISP 280
HISP 290 (.5)                                                                             HISP 290 (.5)
HISP 300 (Peninsular)                                                       HISP 300 (Latin American)
HISP 300 (Latin American or Transatlantic)    HISP 300 (Peninsular or Transatlantic)

Plan B majors whose secondary concentration is in Hispanic studies are required to take a total of five courses in Hispanic studies beyond the 202 level. Of these, the following must be taken with faculty at Trinity's Hartford campus: two courses in civilization and culture and two 300-level courses (one centering on Spain and the other on Latin America). In certain cases, students may request that one upper-level course taken at an approved study-abroad program count toward the required number of 300-level courses. Certain prerequisites for 300-level courses may be waived for Plan B majors with secondary competency in Hispanic studies at instructor's discretion.

Plan B major with secondary competence in Hispanic studies
Peninsular                                                                                    Latin American
HISP 261 or 262                                                                       HISP 263 or 264
HISP 260 series (open)                                                       HISP 260 series (open)
HISP 300 (Peninsular)                                                        HISP 300 (Latin American)
HISP 300 (Latin American or Transatlantic)    HISP 300 (Latin American or Transatlantic)

The Writing Intensive Part II requirement for students in either the Plan A or plan B Hispanic studies major is fulfilled by HISP 401. Senior Seminar.
 

Minor in Hispanic Studies

The minor in Spanish language: Students who wish to minor in Spanish take 6.5 or 7 credits, beyond the HISP 202 level, to develop linguistic skills and to incur a deeper understanding of Spanish and Latin American culture and civilization.

The 6.5 or 7 credits (at the HISP 221 level and beyond) must be distributed in the following ways:

If a student studies abroad in a Spanish-speaking country, he or she must take:

  • four courses at Trinity (in Hartford), which must include one HISP 260-level culture course, HISP 270, and one HISP 300-level seminar;
  • two courses abroad taken in Spanish and on a topic related to Hispanic cultures; and
  • HISP 290: Study Abroad Colloquium (0.5 credits).
If the student does not study abroad in a Spanish-speaking country, he or she must take 6.5 or 7 credits distributed as follows:
  • credits at or above the HISP 221 level, which must include two culture courses (260 level), HISP 270, and at least one 300-level seminar
  • one 0.5 credit internship with a Hartford-area organization that works with the local Hispanic community, or a second seminar at the 300 level.

No course in English under the language and culture studies rubric can be counted toward the course total. No more than two transfer courses (taken abroad or at another institution) may be applied to the Spanish minor.

To declare a minor in Spanish, contact any Hispanic studies faculty member.

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