Hispanic Studies Major and Minor

 OVERVIEW OF MAJOR

The major in Hispanic Studies is designed to engender a detailed understanding of the vast and complex mix of cultural systems that make up the so-called “Hispanic World”, a space that includes the United States of America. In pursuing this goal, students work with a wide range of creative traditions. While most of the textual artifacts we work with are in Spanish, Portuguese is an increasingly important element of this corpus. The overarching aim of this analytical work is to enhance students' ability to understand the many forms of Hispanic cultural production and from there, the many other forms of cultural production that fill their lives in terms of the social and historical conditions in which they arose.


REQUIREMENTS

Number of courses, credits and overall GPA required for the major:

Plan A majors are required to have a total of 12.5 courses (beyond HISP 202).

The Plan B majors whose primary concentration is in Hispanic studies are required to take the courses listed below (totaling 7.5 credits beyond HISP 102):

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.

Core courses:

The Plan A major: Plan A majors are required to have a total of 12.5 courses (beyond HISP 202). 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 and HISP 401: Senior Seminar. In this final exercise, students 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.

The rest of the credits within the major are earned through elective courses. Only one 300-level course taken during one semester abroad is valid for the major. Students spending two semesters studying in Barcelona or other approved program in a Spanish-speaking country may count six courses (of which two make apply to the 300 level) towards 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.

Required courses for the Plan A major

  • Three electives beyond HISP 201 (HISP 202 and above)
  • One related field course
  • Two culture courses (HISP 261, 262, 263 or 264)
  • HISP 270. Introduction to Cultural Analysis
  • HISP 280. Hispanic Hartford
  • HISP 290. Studying in the Hispanic World Colloquium (0.5 credits)
  • Three HISP 300 level (upper-level seminars in Spanish)
  • HISP 401 (senior seminar)
  • Study abroad (usually in Barcelona)

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, HISP 270, HISP 280, HISP 290 (0.5), three courses at the 300 level, 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 are expected to study in one of the official Trinity sites: 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 abroad in 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 studies

  • Two culture courses (HISP 261, 262, 263, or 264)
  • HISP 270. Introduction to Cultural Analysis
  • HISP 280. Hispanic Hartford
  • HISP 290. Studying in the Hispanic World Colloquium (0.5 credits)
  • Two HISP 300-level courses (upper level seminars in Spanish)
  • HISP 401 (Senior Seminar)

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. 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

  • One elective
  • Two culture courses (HISP 261, 262, 263 or 264)
  • Two HISP 300 level courses (upper level seminars in Spanish)

Electives:

The Plan A major: The rest of the credits within the major are earned through elective courses. 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 202, 221, 224, 226, extra 260-level courses, certain approved courses taken abroad, or extra 300-level courses.

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.

Capstone/Senior Project:

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.

Plan A Majors: HISP 401: Senior Seminar. In this final exercise, students 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 adviser about this option).

The Plan B major (primary concentration is in Hispanic studies)—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. 


ADDITIONAL OPPORTUNITIES

Study Away:

Plan A Majors are expected to study in 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 site in Barcelona must have taken at least one 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 Professor Harrington, the department's faculty sponsor of the Barcelona global site, 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.

Plan B Majors whose primary competence is Spanish and who wish to study abroad are expected to study in 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 site in Barcelona 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 Professor Harrington, the department's faculty sponsor of the Barcelona site.

Research Methods: The Hispanic Studies section of the Department of Language and Culture Studies presumes the constructed and dynamic nature of most forms of culture, including entities as large and important as nations and states. This leads us, on one hand, to place a great deal of emphasis on the role mediating institutions play in shaping our sense of social reality, and on the other, to focus on the many, if often frequently overlooked, instances of “cultural commerce” between historical periods and national traditions, areas of inquiry that appear, at first glance, to have very little in common.

 

Honors:

To qualify for honors in Hispanic Studies majors must attain a cumulative average of A- or better in all courses counting toward the major and achieve an A- or better in the HISP 401.

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:
  • 6 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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