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Effective Winter 2015

Qualified students holding a cumulative GPA of 3.5 and a Spanish major GPA of 3.7 may apply to the Honors plan in Spanish at the beginning of the junior year. To apply students must fill out an application available on the department website at www.lsa.umich.edu/rll, and submit a copy of their transcript, a one-page statement of purpose, and a sample essay in Spanish. After reviewing the materials, the Honors advisor will interview the applicant to discuss his/her interests and objectives. 

Spanish Honors majors are required to complete 33 credits of coursework and successfully defend a thesis:

  1. Course Requirements
    • 11 courses (33 credits total): all regular Spanish major requirements must be completed (30 credits) and an additional Spanish course at the 400-level (3 credits).
      Also, 6 of the required 33 credits must include:
      • ROMLANG 498 in the fall of students’ senior year
      • SPANISH 491 in the winter term of students’ senior year
  2. Thesis Requirement 
    • Composition of a thesis in Spanish (40 pages minimum)
    • A presentation and discussion of the thesis and of an agreed-upon set of related readings with members of the faculty (thesis defense).

Honors Plan

Effective Date for Honors major: September 3, 2002 through Fall 2014

Qualified students holding a cumulative GPA of 3.5 and a Spanish major GPA of 3.7 may apply to the Honors plan in Spanish at the beginning of the junior year. To apply students must fill out an application available on the department website at www.lsa.umich.edu/rll, and submit a copy of their transcript, a one-page statement of purpose, and a sample essay in Spanish. After reviewing the materials, the Honors advisor will interview the applicant to discuss his/her interests and objectives. 

To graduate with an Honors plan, a student must complete the normal requirements for the major in Spanish along with the following requirements:

  1. One additional course in SPANISH (3 credits) at the 400 level.
  2. Composition of a thesis in Spanish (a minimum of 40 pages). The thesis may consist of a critical study relating to Hispanic literature/culture, a creative writing project, or a multi-media project (in which case the page requirement may not apply). The research, planning, and execution will take place during two academic terms. After choosing a faculty member to direct the thesis, the student will enroll in SPANISH 490 and begin researching and drafting the thesis. By the end of the term in which the student elects SPANISH 490, the student will submit for a grade a complete bibliography and a prospectus. In the following academic term the student will enroll in SPANISH 491 and complete the thesis. SPANISH 490 and 491 will count within the seven course sequence of 400-level courses for the Honors degree.
  3. A presentation and discussion of the thesis with the director and one or two other faculty members at the end of the term in which the student elects SPANISH 491. The Honors student has the option of inviting other students to the event.

 

Honors Plan. Qualified students holding a cumulative GPA of 3.5 and a Spanish major GPA of 3.5 may apply to the Honors program in Spanish at the beginning of the junior year. To apply students must submit a copy of their transcript, a one-page statement of purpose, and a sample essay in Spanish. After reviewing the materials, the Honors advisor will interview the applicant to discuss his/her interests and objectives. To graduate with an Honors major, a student must complete the normal requirements for the major in Spanish along with the following requirements:

  1. One additional course in Spanish (3 credits) at the 400 level.
  2. Composition of a thesis in Spanish (a minimum of 40 pages). The thesis may consist of a critical study relating to Hispanic literature/culture, a creative writing project, or a multi-media project (in which case the page requirement may not apply). The research, planning, and execution will take place during two academic terms. After choosing a faculty member to direct the thesis, the student will enroll in Spanish 490 and begin researching and drafting the thesis. By the end of the term in which the student elects 490, the student will submit for a grade a complete bibliography and a prospectus. In the following academic term the student will enroll in Spanish 491 and complete the thesis. Spanish 490 and 491 will count within the seven course sequence of 400-level courses for the Honors degree.
  3. A presentation and discussion of the thesis with the director and one or two other faculty members at the end of the term in which the student elects Spanish 491. The Honors student has the option of inviting other students to the event.

 

Qualified students holding a cumulative GPA of 3.5 and Spanish Major GPA of 3.5 may be admitted to the Honors program in Spanish at the beginning of the junior year. Admission to the program is by application to the Honors department advisor. Students are required to take SPANISH 391 and 392 Junior Honors Courses (as two of the three required courses for Spanish major), and SPANISH 490 and 491 Senior Honors Courses (as two of the six required 400-level courses for Spanish major) during their senior year. Spanish Honors courses may be taken as independent studies with Spanish Faculty or as additional requirement agreed upon with the professors of SPANISH 371 through 388, so that students register in the courses as Spanish 391 or 392. Upon completion of SPANISH  391 and 392 the students enroll in SeSPANISH 490 and 491 during both terms of their senior year, and seek out a member of the Spanish professorial staff to guide their studies. Honors seniors complete two principal tasks under the guidance of their tutor: intensive preparation for the Honors oral examination, and the writing of a senior thesis, normally produced in SPANISH 491. The thesis (a forty-page essay) is submitted and the oral examination taken near the end of the senior year. In the oral examination the thesis must be defended by the Honors major. Honors students are expected to complete the requirements for major in Spanish.