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Spanish Honors Major

Qualified students may be admitted to a program of advanced study during their junior year (or at the beginning of the senior year following foreign study), leading to the degree of Bachelor of Arts with Honors in Spanish. Admission to senior-level Honors work in Spanish is by application only.

A grade point average of at least 3.4 in all courses, and of 3.5 in all Spanish major courses, is required for admission and for graduation with Honors in Spanish.  

The Honors Committee expects applicants to demonstrate superior ability for their level in both oral and written Spanish, and to present evidence of serious interest in research.

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

Course Requirements:

Eleven courses (33 credits total): all regular Spanish major requirements must be completed (30 credits) with an additional 3-credit Spanish course at the 400-level. Six of the required 33 credits (and of the required 18 credits at the 400 level) will consist of Spanish 491 and 492, Senior Honors Courses, normally taken in the fall and winter terms, respectively, of a student’s senior year.

Thesis Requirement:

Composition of a thesis, in Spanish, incorporating the results of individual research, demonstrating a substantial piece of work; and

A presentation and discussion of the thesis and of an agreed upon set of related readings with the student's faculty advisor and one other faculty reader.

Working under the direction of a faculty member who serves as thesis director, the student will research the thesis, complete a bibliography and prospectus, and begin drafting the writing process while enrolled in SPANISH 491. In the following academic term the student will enroll in SPANISH 492 and complete the thesis and its presentation and discussion.

Upon successful completion, your faculty advisor will send a report to the Honors program with your thesis title and a recommendation of honors, high honors or highest honors in Spanish.


If you are interested in applying, please contact the Undergraduate Student Services team at for the contact information of the current Honors advisor, and fill out an application form.

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