Program of Study (CAS Bulletin)

Program in Portuguese

Major

Luso-Brazilian Language and Literature
Nine 4-point courses (36 points) in language, literature, and culture, conducted in Portuguese, beyond the intermediate level. Portuguese courses at the graduate level and related courses in other departments may also be counted toward the major with the permission of the Director of Undergraduate Studies.

Minor
Five 4-point courses (20 points) beyond the intermediate level, including 1000-level graduate courses, with the advice of the Director of Undergraduate Studies.

Program in Spanish

Major
Students may complete one of five majors: Spanish and Latin American Literatures and Cultures; Latin American Studies; Iberian Studies; Romance Languages; and Spanish and Linguistics. Students should discuss and plan their program of study with the Director of Undergraduate Studies. Transfer students must complete at least five 4-point courses (20 points) toward the major while in residence at New York University.


Spanish and Latin American Literatures and Cultures

This major comprises nine 4-point courses (36 points) beyond the intermediate level, four of which are required:
  • Advanced Grammar and Composition (SPAN-UA 100)
  • Critical Approaches: Reading, Writing, and Textual Analysis (SPAN-UA 200)
  • The Iberian Atlantic (SPAN-UA 300)
  • Either Cultural History of Latin America (SPAN-UA 305) or Cultural History of Spain (SPAN-UA 310)
The remaining five courses are advanced electives in Spanish or Latin American Cultural and Literary Studies. Students may substitute one of these electives with one advanced language elective. Individual programs of study should be planned with and approved by the Director of Undergraduate Studies.

Latin American Studies
This major comprises nine 4-point courses (36 points) that combine courses in the Department with courses related to Latin America offered in other departments throughout the University, including Anthropology, Art History, Cinema Studies, Comparative Literature, Economics, History, Performance Studies, Politics, and Sociology.

The major requires two foundation courses and seven electives. The foundation courses are as follows:
  • The Iberian Atlantic (SPAN-UA 300)
  • One introductory course on Latin America, either Cultural History of Latin America (SPAN-UA 305) or Cultures and Contexts: Latin America (MAP-UA 515)
The seven electives must be pertinent to the study of Latin America and are drawn from departments across the University.

In addition, students are required to demonstrate advanced knowledge of Spanish at the level of Advanced Grammar and Composition (SPAN-UA 100), as well as knowledge of either elementary Portuguese (at the level of PORT-UA 10 or PORT-UA 11) or of elementary Quechua (at the level of SPAN-UA 81). Individual programs of study should be planned with and approved by the Director of Undergraduate Studies. For further details, see the Latin American Studies section of this bulletin.

Iberian Studies

This major comprises nine 4-point courses (36 points) that combine courses in the Department with courses related to Spain and/or Portugal from the early modern period to the present offered in other programs or departments throughout the University, including Anthropology, Cinema Studies, Comparative Literature, European Studies, History, Medieval and Renaissance Studies, and Religious Studies.

The major requires three foundation courses and six electives. The foundation courses are as follows:
  • Critical Approaches: Reading, Writing, and Textual Analysis (SPAN-UA 200)
  • The Iberian Atlantic (SPAN-UA 300)
  • Cultural History of Spain (SPAN-UA 310)
The six electives must be pertinent to the study of Spain and/or Portugal and are drawn from departments across the University. Students may substitute one advanced elective with one language course in Portuguese (PORT-UA 10, 11) or in another language of importance to the region, such as Catalan, Gallego, Basque/Euskara, Hebrew, Latin, and Arabic, or any advanced course in Portuguese. Individual programs of study should be planned with and approved by the Director of Undergraduate Studies.

Romance Languages

See the Romance Languages section of this Bulletin for details and requirements.

Spanish and Linguistics

This joint major requires a total of ten 4-point courses (40 points). Students choose five 4-point courses (20 points) in Spanish with the advice of the Director of Undergraduate Studies, typically consisting of Advanced Grammar and Composition (SPAN-UA 100), Critical Approaches: Reading, Writing, and Textual Analysis (SPAN-UA 200), and three more advanced courses.

In the Department of Linguistics, students must take the following five 4-point courses (20 points):
  • One introductory course chosen from Language (LING-UA 1) or Language and Mind (LING-UA 28)
  • Sound and Language (LING-UA 11)
  • Grammatical Analysis (LING-UA 13)
  • A total of two additional courses from two different fields of Linguistics. (Please see Linguistics in this Bulletin for numbers, titles, and descriptions of acceptable courses.)

Minor
Students may complete a minor in Spanish by pursuing one of five minor tracks. All students who wish to minor in Spanish must register with the Department.

Spanish
A minor consists of five 4-point courses (20 points) above the intermediate level. The five courses must include Advanced Grammar and Composition (SPAN-UA 100) and Critical Approaches: Reading, Writing, and Textual Analysis (SPAN-UA 200). The remaining three courses are determined in consultation with the Director of Undergraduate Studies. They may include one advanced language elective; the others must be culture or literature courses.

Latin American Studies

This interdisciplinary minor offers students the opportunity to incorporate an interest in Latin America into their overall course of study. The minor consists of five courses (20 points) on Latin America, drawn from the Department of Spanish and Portuguese and/or other departments across the university. Students must take either Cultural History of Latin America (SPAN-UA 305) or Cultures and Contexts: Latin America (MAP-UA 515); they choose four additional courses in consultation with the Director of Undergraduate Studies. In addition, students must demonstrate proficiency in Spanish, Portuguese, or Quechua, at the level of: Advanced Grammar and Composition (SPAN-UA 100), or advanced Portuguese (any course past the intermediate level), or elementary Quechua at the level of SPAN-UA 82. Language courses and advanced language electives do not count toward the 20 points required for the minor.

Iberian Studies

This interdisciplinary minor offers students the opportunity to incorporate an interest in Spain and/or Portugal into their overall course of study. The minor consists of five courses (20 points) on Spain and/or Portugal, drawn from the Department of Spanish and Portuguese and/or other departments across the university. Students must take either Cultural History of Spain (SPANUA 310) or Cultures and Contexts: Spain (MAP-UA 544); they choose four additional courses in consultation with the Director of Undergraduate Studies. Students must demonstrate proficiency in Spanish at the level of Advanced Grammar and Composition (SPAN-UA 100). Language courses and advanced language electives do not count toward the 20 points required for the minor.

Literature in Translation

Students interested in this minor should see under Literature In Translation in this Bulletin. The courses in Spanish Literature in Translation are listed below under “Courses Conducted in English.”

Creative Writing

A minor consists of five 4-point courses (20 points), which include Introduction to Creative Writing in Spanish (SPAN-UA 225), one Advanced Writing Workshop in Poetry (SPAN-UA 320) and one in Fiction (SPAN-UA 325), and two additional advanced courses focused on literature and conducted in Spanish.

Honors Program
Eligibility
To qualify for the honors program in the department, students must maintain at least a 3.65 general average and a 3.65 major average. During their senior year, students register for the Senior Honors Seminar (SPAN-UA 995) in the Fall and then enroll in the Honors Thesis Seminar (SPAN-UA 996) the following Spring, thus completing a yearlong colloquium for thesis writers. The Honors Thesis is an extended research paper written on a topic of the student’s choice related to his or her course of study and directed by a faculty adviser. The two-semester Honors Seminar sequence guides students through the process of researching and writing the thesis, covering such areas as choosing a topic, compiling a bibliography, conducting library and Web-based research, properly documenting sources, and developing research and writing methods for graduate- or professional-level study. Students interested in pursuing the Honors Program should consult with the Director of Undergraduate Studies in the second semester of their junior year.

Requirements
Completion or simultaneous completion of the major requirements; successful completion of the two senior-year Honors Seminars; an honors thesis; and an oral presentation on the honors thesis and its bibliography. For general requirements, please see Honors and Awards in this Bulletin.