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Tulane University
Spanish & Portuguese Dept.
302 Newcomb Hall
New Orleans, LA 70118

phone: (504) 865-5518
fax: (504) 862-8752
e-mail: cstma@tulane.edu

All students who choose to major or minor in Spanish will be assigned an advisor based on last name.
To declare a major or minor, please make an appointment with your departmental advisor for Spring 2014.  Allow about 15 minutes for the meeting, and bring with you the completed Major and Minor Declaration form, the Major and Minor information form and a list of the courses (including semester and year) you have already taken in the department (if you have taken any). 

You will likely have questions about courses and requirements as the semester progresses, so please check the degree requirements in the Undergraduate Catalog . Any further questions may be directed to your major or minor adviser according to your last name. Should you have further questions, address them to the Director of Undergraduate Studies, Prof. Antonio Gómez.

Students returning from a semester or year abroad should contact their major –minor advisors in order to get Tulane equivalences for the classes taken abroad.

Please refer to the Study Abroad Guidelines for general questions about selecting courses and transferring credits. 

Honors students who want to write an Honors Thesis in the Department of Spanish and Portuguese, please refer to the Honors Thesis Guidelines

If you have inquiries about first and second year courses please contact the Language Program Director Amy George-Hirons.

We are now offering a new Joint Major in Spanish and Portuguese. Please see below for more details.

All students who wish to take courses in Spanish must follow the sequence of classes, whether majors, minors, or not. Please choose the link below to read about an area of interest:


MAJOR IN SPANISH

MINOR IN SPANISH

MAJOR IN PORTUGUESE

MINOR IN PORTUGUESE

JOINT MAJOR IN SPANISH AND PORTUGUESE

STUDY ABROAD GUIDELINES

 

SPANISH MAJOR

The major in Spanish consists of 33 credits (11 courses) to be distributed in the following manner:

3000 level (three courses, 9 credits)

1. SPAN 3040 Grammar and Writing in Spanish

(prerequisite: SPAN 2040 or special permission)

SPAN 3040 is a prerequisite for all other 3000 level courses; it may be taken in the same semester as other 3000 level courses.

2. One of the following four courses:

    SPAN 3130 Introduction to Latin American Culture OR 

    SPAN 3150 Introduction to Latino Studies OR
    SPAN 3240 Introduction to Spanish Culture OR

    SPAN 3310 Jewish Latin American Cultural Expressions


3. One of the following four courses:

    SPAN 3270 Readings in Spanish and Latin American Literature OR

    SPAN 3280 Film and Visual Culture in Spanish OR


One course in Spanish for the Professions:

    SPAN 3290 Business and Legal Spanish OR

    SPAN 3300 Spanish for the Health Sciences

4000 level (five courses, 15 credits)

4.  SPAN 4060 Pre-20th Century Readings in Spanish (required gateway course to major)


Note on transition during AY 2013-2014: New majors or majors who have not yet started the 4000 level sequence must take SPAN 4060. Majors who have taken either 4040 or 4050 can move ahead and take more advanced 4000 level courses. They do not need to take 4060.

5-8. Choose any four courses (4100, 4110, 4120, 4130, 4140, 4150, 4160, 4170, 4180, 4190, 4200, 4230, 4260, 4270, 4280, 4350, 4420, 4430, 4510, 4520)

6000 level (three courses, 9 credits)

9-10. Any two 6000 level courses.

11. SPAN 6850 Senior Seminar

All courses in the major must be taken in sequence, although two sequential classes may be taken simultaneously.  Students may not receive credit for courses taken out of sequence.  Two courses, one in numbers 6-8 and one in 9-11, will treat pre-twentieth-century periods.

The following courses satisfy the pre-twentieth-century requirement:

4000 level: 4140, 4230, 4280, 4420, 4430

6000 level: 6090, 6220, 6230, 6250, 6260, 6270, 6330, 6410, 6430, 6440, 6510, 6720, 6810

Other courses may also apply with departmental approval.

Students with a double major in another department complete 30 credits or ten courses in the major, with a reduction of one 6000 level course in 9-10.  Majors may receive credit for one course taught in English taken in the department (SPAN 3070, 3450, 4610, 4830). SPAN 6850 must be taken in the department.


SPANISH MINOR

The Spanish minor consists of 18 credits (6 classes), which are constituted by numbers 1-3 above, plus any other three 4000 level courses.  Students are encouraged to take SPAN 4060.  Minors may not receive credit for courses taught in English.

NATIVE AND HERITAGE SPEAKERS

Native speakers of Spanish begin the major with numbers 4 and 5 above.  Additionally, they complete any six courses at the 4000 level, as well as the three requirements at the 6000 level.  Native speakers complete the minor with numbers 4 and 5 above, plus four additional 4000 level courses.  Native speakers may not enroll in courses at the 3000 level.  Heritage speakers of Spanish must meet with the Director of Undergraduate Studies to determine their placement in the program.

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PORTUGUESE MAJOR

Students majoring in Portuguese must complete ten courses (30 credits) beyond the 2000 level. All majors must take at least three 6000 level courses except for Junior Year Abroad students, who are required to take two 6000 level courses in the department.


PORTUGUESE MINOR

A minor in Portuguese consists of 15 credits above the 2000 level, at least one of which must be at the 6000 level The courses should be selected in consultation with the major adviser and according to the interest of the student, whether in language, literature and culture, or a combination.


JOINT MAJOR IN SPANISH AND PORTUGUESE
Students pursuing the joint major in Spanish and Portuguese must complete 33 credits (eleven courses) to be distributed as follows: at the 3000 level, two courses in Spanish and two in Portuguese; at the 4000 level, two courses in Spanish, including SPAN 4060, and two in Portuguese; and at the 6000 level, SPAN 6850 and two other courses in the department, at least one of which must be a 6000-level class in Portuguese.   

 

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STUDY ABROAD GUIDELINES

All majors and minors in Spanish are strongly encouraged to participate in Tulane’s language-intensive Study Abroad Programs.  Prior to their participation, majors and minors must complete at least SPAN 3040, although the ideal study abroad candidate will have fulfilled the three major and minor requirements at the 3000 level. Students returning from international programs should contact their major/minor advisors in order to get equivalent Tulane credit for classes taken abroad. Please see additional information on specific study abroad programs below.

 

For Spanish majors who study abroad:

Two out of three 6000 level courses must be taken on campus.

For Spanish minors who study abroad:

6 credits (2 classes) must be taken on campus in the department.

In addition, keep in mind the following guidelines:

1. Credit from courses taken abroad is applied toward courses in the Spanish curriculum at Tulane after students return to New Orleans.

2. Students are responsible for meeting with the Director of Undergraduate Study (DUS) prior to going abroad in order to discuss the substitution of possible courses. Furthermore, upon their return to Tulane, students must turn in to the Director of Undergraduate Studies (DUS) course descriptions, syllabi, and work completed, such as exams and papers for the courses they wish to substitute in the Spanish curriculum.

Additionally, students will turn in to the DUS the course substitution form from the Office of International Programs or from Tulane Academic Advising Center.  DUS will keep copies of all the substitution forms. DUS will also place the substitution forms in student file.

3. Courses that apply to the Spanish curriculum from abroad must resemble courses taught in the Department of Spanish and Portuguese, which are listed in the Undergraduate Catalog. As a general rule, the Department recognizes courses in culture, literature, theater, poetry, and film. The Department does not approve credit for courses in other disciplines, including political science, economics, biology, and sociology. Students must seek that credit from the appropriate department at Tulane. Students are also responsible for choosing courses that match the curriculum in Spanish as much as possible.

4. Students may not receive credit for courses taken abroad if they took a similar course at Tulane. For example, if students take a course abroad called “Spanish Grammar and Composition,” they may not apply it toward SPAN 3040, which they took prior to participating in study abroad.

5. SPAN 6850 Senior Seminar may not be substituted with a course from abroad, and must be taken in the Department.

6. 4060 requirement: for Spanish majors who study abroad:

If there are no courses equivalent to Tulane’s SPAN 4060 students should take some sort of comprehensive survey in early readings to the nineteenth century.


 

Tulane Programs: Grades and Credits transfer

Outside Programs: only credits transfer

 

STUDY ABROAD PROGRAMS-TULANE UNIVERSITY

For specific study abroad programs please see Spanish-language program requirements below. 

For additional information please contact:

Center for Global Education

www.tulane.edu/~intl

Tate House

7008 Zimple Street, 2nd Floor

New Orleans, LA 70118

Tel: (504) 865-5339

Fax: (504) 862-8765

E-mail: cis@

 

1. JYA Madrid (academic year/spring semester)

3.0 GPA; Completion of six semesters of college-level Spanish or the equivalent including SPAN 3040 with a grade of B or better during the year before departure.  Spring semester students should also complete one additional course (3240 or 3130 or above) in fall prior to study abroad.

 

2. CEA Granada Spanish Language & Culture Program (Fall semester)

2.7 GPA; Completion of two semesters of Spanish at Tulane including SPAN 2030 with a grade of B or better during the year before departure.

 

3. CIEE/FLACSO Buenos Aires (academic year/fall/spring)

2.75 GPA; Completion of six semesters of college-level Spanish or the equivalent, including two semesters of Spanish at Tulane with a grade of B or better during the year before departure.  Coursework in Latin American Studies recommended.

4. CIEE Santiago de Chile (academic year/fall/spring)

2.75 GPA; Completion of six semesters of college-level Spanish or the equivalent, including two semesters of Spanish at Tulane with a grade of B or better during the year before departure.  Coursework in Latin American Studies recommended.

 

5. CIEE Valparaíso (academic year/fall/spring)

2.75 GPA; Completion of six semesters of college-level Spanish or the equivalent, including two semesters of Spanish at Tulane with a grade of B or better during the year before departure. Coursework in Latin American Studies recommended.

6. Organization for Tropical Studies (OTS) Costa Rica

3.0 GPA; Completed one year of study in biology & two semesters of college-level Spanish.

7. CIEE São Paulo

3.0 GPA; Completion of two semesters of Portuguese at Tulane including
PORT 2030 with a grade of B or better during the year or semester before departure.

8. CIEE Salvador da Bahia

3.0 GPA; Completion of two semesters of Portuguese at Tulane including
PORT 2030 with a grade of B or better during the year or semester before departure.

 

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Updated March 2013, cd

Tulane University, Spanish & Portuguese Dept., 304 Newcomb Hall, New Orleans, LA 70118 504-865-5518 spanport@tulane.edu