Hispanic Studies Major and Minor

Plan A majors are required to have a total of 12.5 courses (beyond HISP 102). 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: 2 courses at the 260-level, HISP 270, HISP 280, HISP 290 (0.5), one related field (a course on an aspect of Hispanic culture taught by another department), three courses at the 300-level (two of which must be in the student’s chosen sub-field), and HISP 401, in which students will write a senior thesis under the individual guidance of a member of the department on a topic related to the selected track. In this final exercise, students are expected to build upon and refine a special interest developed while abroad or in previous coursework. The rest of the credits within the major are earned through elective courses. No more than three (3) 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. 

Majors who wish to study abroad are expected to study in one of the three official Trinity sites: Trinity in Santiago, Trinity in Barcelona, or PRESHCO (in Córdoba, Spain). 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 MAJOR credit for courses taken at Trinity’s global sites in Barcelona, Spain, Córdoba, Spain, and Santiago, Chile, 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. In certain cases, this requirement may be satisfied by taking HISP 233: Barcelona: the Alchemy of Identity or HISP 233: Santiago. Careful planning in coordination with the student’s adviser and the department’s faculty sponsors of the two Global Sites (Prof. Lambright or Persino for Santiago, Prof. Harrington for Barcelona) or PRESCHO (Prof. Castillo) is therefore essential.

Courses taken abroad will generally count as electives or “related fields” credits. 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.

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, 1 course at the 300-level with a focus on the “other” sub-field of the discipline (a Transatlantic course may be substituted here), and HISP 401, in which students will write a senior thesis under the individual guidance of a member of the department on a topic related to the selected track. In this final exercise, the student will engage in in-depth study of a theme which 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. All of the required courses in Spanish must be taken with faculty at Trinity’s Hartford campus.

Majors whose primary competence is Spanish and wish to study abroad are expected to study in one of the three official Trinity sites: Trinity in Santiago, Trinity in Barcelona, or PRESHCO (in Córdoba, Spain). 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 MAJOR credit for courses taken at Trinity’s Global sites in Barcelona, Spain, Córdoba, Spain, and Santiago, Chile, 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. In certain cases, this requirement may be satisfied by taking HISP 233: Barcelona: the Alchemy of Identity or HISP 233: Santiago. Careful planning in coordination with the student’s adviser and the department’s faculty sponsors of the two Global Sites (Prof. Lambright or Persino for Santiago, Prof. Harrington for Barcelona) or PRESCHO (Prof. Castillo) is therefore essential. For detailed description of the PRESCHO Program, please see “Consortial Programs” listed under Global Studies Programs.

Courses taken abroad will generally count as elective credits. 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. One course in Portuguese or Catalan may be counted as an elective toward the major.

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 entering 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.

Minor in Hispanic Studies

Contact any Hispanic Studies faculty member. For students who wish to minor in Hispanic Studies, this is a sequence of six courses beyond  201 designed to develop linguistic skills and to give an appreciation of the language and Spanish and Latin American culture and civilization.

The six required courses in Hispanic studies above HISP 202 must be distributed in one of the following ways:

*4 courses at Trinity in Hartford and one must be a culture course at the 260 level related to the region in which the student studies abroad.

* 2 courses abroad taken in Spanish and a topic related to Hispanic culture

* 0.5 credits of Language Across the Curriculum associated with the student's major field, HISP 290, Study Abroad Colloqium or 0.5 credit internship with Hartford area organization that works with the local Hispanic community.

Without study abroad in a Spanish speaking country:

6 courses at Trinity in Hartford, two of which must be 260 level culture courses, AND 0.5 credits of Language Across the Curriculum associated with the student's major field or 0.5 credit internship with a Hartford area organization that works with the local Hispanic community.

No course under the LACS rubric may be counted toward the course total above. No more than 2 transfer courses may be applied to the Hispanic studies minor.

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