Hispanic Studies Program
The Hispanic Studies Program provides language instruction in line with the national standards of the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages proficiency guidelines. In accordance with these guidelines, our curriculum prepares students to communicate in all four modalities: reading, writing, speaking and listening. An oral proficiency exit exam is given to all of our majors at the end of their studies.
Furthermore, we provide instruction in literature, film and culture studies. Our goal and mission is to a) make students familiar with Spanish-speaking cultures (dominant and minority cultures and other global cultures b) provide students with an overview of “high” and “low” literary, visual and cultural texts, and c) to provide them with tools valuable for critical thinking and analysis.
Our goal is for students to comprehend (via listening and reading), to speak and to write the target language in an advanced U.S. academic setting, so that they can meet the learning objectives and become critical thinkers and informed citizens of the world.
Students wishing to seek teaching licensure are encouraged to finish the liberal arts degree in Hispanic Studies and then pursue licensure in a graduate program. The Department will work with students to suggest likely programs.
An Oral Proficiency Exam is required for all majors. Usually it is recommended that students take this exam several semesters before they are about to graduate. For more information, please click here for all necessary information about the exam. If you have any further questions, please do not hesitate to email Bridget Park at email@example.com.
Looking to declare? Check out some of our information! We have a welcome letter for students who need some general background on the new Hispanic Studies degree, and we have some more advisement information concerning the program itself. Finally, for students who are looking to declare Hispanic Studies as their second major and have an existing major in another college (CEHSP, LSBE, etc.), see the CLA Advising website. For more information on declaring a major (or double major) in Hispanic Studies, please contact Bridget Park (firstname.lastname@example.org) or Jennifer Gomez Menjivar (email@example.com) for more information.
Bachelor of Arts Degree Requirements (major and minor)
This table provides you with suggested courses based on your language background. PLEASE NOTE: If there has been a significant lapse in your language education (for example, you took three levels of Spanish, but that was five years ago), please take this into consideration when signing up for language classes. Many students find that after several years out of the language classroom, entering at a lower level is beneficial. If you have any additional questions concerning what course you should take, please contact a Spanish instructor or Bridget at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Beginning Spanish I
( Span 1101, Fall Semester only)
never before studied Spanish, or taken one year of a Spanish language course in high school.
Beginning Spanish II
( Span 1102, Spring Semester only)
taken two years of recent high school Spanish language courses. If it's been awhile since you've taken Spanish, consider moving down a level or contact Bridget at email@example.com if you'd like to go over a syllabus before commiting to this course.
Intermediate Spanish I
( Span 1201, Fall Semester only)
taken three years of high school Spanish language courses. If it's been awhile since you've taken Spanish, consider moving down a level or contact Bridget at firstname.lastname@example.org if you'd like to go over a syllabus before commiting to this course.
Intermediate Spanish II
( Span 1202, Spring Semester only)
taken 4 years of high school Spanish language courses. If it's been awhile since you've taken Spanish, consider moving down a level or contact Bridget at email@example.com if you'd like to go over a syllabus before commiting to this course.
( Span 2301, Fall Semester only)
taken 4-5 years of high school Spanish language courses. If it's been awhile since you've taken Spanish, consider moving down a level or contact Bridget at firstname.lastname@example.org if you'd like to go over a syllabus before commiting to this course.
Students normally follow Span 2301 with upper division literature and culture courses.
Students who begin their work in Span 1202 or Span 2301 and who earn an A or a B have the option to receive credit for the courses they have skipped, BEGINNING WITH Span 1201. To receive this credit, students will need to pay to Administration a credit-by-exam fee ($50/credit) and fill out the appropriate forms. Please ask your Spanish instructor how to do this.
Opportunities for Hispanic Studies Students
Students may wish -- and are encouraged -- to study abroad during the summer, during an academic semester, or for an entire year.
Students may enroll in study abroad courses (for zero tuition) while they are away. This allows students to maintain their UMD enrollment and to use their financial aid. To check if your credits abroad will transfer back to UMD, check here.
Please check with the International Education Office to learn about specific programs. The Department does offer one program, as seen below:
Our Study Abroad Program - a four-week program offered in June to Salamanca, Spain; contact Professor Maureen Tobin Stanley or Andrew Snustad for more information.
Students who go to Salamanca, Spain can enjoy time in the Plaza
For Spanish speakers of all levels, the program offers a monthly Tertulia, a fun, low-key, off-campus gathering of students and staff members that is conducted entirely in Spanish. Students are expected to converse freely about the topics of their choosing. The Tertulia coordinator circulates among the student groups, providing assistance and conversing with students.
For the 2011-2012 academic year, all Tertulias will be conducted at a nearby cafe, Bixby's from 4-5pm on the dates listed below. Students in Intermediate Spanish I and II receive credit for their Tertulia attendance, as it is a class requirement. These students should sign in upon arrival. Hour-long attendance is required for credit.
Dates and Times for Spring 2013 Tertulias:
To Be Determined
Please contact Professor Caceres (email@example.com) for more information about upcoming events.
If you're looking for books either written in Spanish or that deal with topics in Spanish culture, literature, etc, please see our library link. This will take you to the UMD library's page for our program. http://libguides.d.umn.edu/spanish If you have any questions concerning books or other reference materials, please contact our Foreign Languages and Literatures reference librarian, Gabriel Gardner, whose information may be found here.
Students who have achieved a grade point average of 3.30 in all major courses may be invited by faculty to submit a sample of their work, in order to be considered for departmental honors and to receive a degree with distinction. Please contact the department for further information.
Our students who have majored or minored in Hispanic Studies enjoy a large variety of career options, including graduate programs in licensure K-12. Please see the Department for further information.
If you are interested in seeing some individual profiles of alumni who have benefitted in both their careers and personal lives because of their degrees, check out our Featured Alumni on our Alumni page.
Tutoring is available through both the Department of Foreign Languages and the UMD Tutoring Center.
Department of Foreign Languages Tutoring Services: If you are looking to make an appointment for tutoring, please contact Bridget Park at firstname.lastname@example.org or visit her during her office hours, which are conducted on a first-come, first-serve basis from 8am to 10am daily. Her office is Humanities 455.
Participation in UROP (Undergraduate Research Opportunity Program) is encouraged so that students can work jointly on research topics of mutual interest with a faculty member.