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Hispanic Literatures and Culture

Spanish is the second most widely spoken language in the world and the second language of the United States. In our society, knowing Spanish is not just an asset; it is increasingly a necessity. The Spanish language program offers a sequence of courses ranging from basic to advanced. Students at all levels develop proficiency in speaking, listening, reading, and writing while also studying the cultures and societies of the contemporary Spanish-speaking world. The Hispanic Literatures and Culture concentration enables students to develop advanced Spanish skills while acquiring a solid background in the complex history, literature, cultures, and intellectual traditions of Spain, Latin America, and the Latinx-U.S. The department offers a variety of courses on topics related to literary history and theory; multicultural contact; linguistics and the history of the language; visual culture, film, and performance studies. Interdisciplinarity is a hallmark of the department, and students in this concentration are encouraged to broaden their perspectives by taking relevant courses in other departments. Most choose to strengthen their academic preparation by participating in a study abroad program in Spain or Latin America and by engaging with Latin American and Latinx communities in the United States.

The concentration requires a minimum of ten courses.  A required course, HISP 0650 Advanced Spanish through Literature and Film, provides fundamental tools for critical analysis while continuing to emphasize grammar and writing development.  700-level courses provide fundamental tools for critical analysis and opportunities for developing advanced skills in the Spanish language. In courses at the 1000 level, students explore particular authors, genres, periods, or special topics and continue to hone their skills in literary and cultural analysis. 

HISP 0650Advanced Spanish Through Literature & Film 1
Remaining Courses
Concentrators must complete nine additional courses beyond HISP 0650, or a total of 10 courses if the 0650 requirement has been waived. A minimum of three must be 1000-level courses. Concentrators must take at least one Hispanic Studies course with the WRIT designation. 2
Students may apply up to four related courses toward the concentration in Hispanic Literatures and Cultures. These courses may come from Study Abroad, transfer credit, and other departments and programs at Brown (e.g., Latin America and Caribbean Studies, Comparative Literature, History, Ethnic Studies, Anthropology), as long as they deal with themes related to the literatures, histories, and/or cultures of Spain, Latin America, or the Latinx USA. Any courses outside the Department of Hispanic Studies must be previously approved by the Concentration Advisor on a case by case basis.
Total Credits = 10
E-Portfolio: As their capstone work, all Hispanic Studies concentrators must complete an E-Portfolio in ASK in their last year of studies. The E-Portfolio is composed of samples of written work and other projects done as part of the concentration, as well as reflections on concentration-related experiences (study abroad, community work, internships, etc.).

Honors Thesis or Project

Students with an excellent record in their Hispanic Studies courses will be eligible to write an Honors Thesis or write and produce an Honors Project. Students pursuing honors must have a record of all A’s or a final grade of S with distinction in courses they have as S/NC. Typically, the Honors Thesis is a major research paper of approximately 40 to 80 pages in Spanish, depending on the topic and treatment necessary. Alternatively, a student may, with prior permission of the Hispanic Studies Concentration Advisor, present a film, gallery exhibition, or other appropriate project, together with a paper that clearly demonstrates the academic foundations and relevance of the project. For additional details regarding Honors Thesis in Hispanic Studies, please refer to our website or consult with the Concentration Advisor.

Concentration Advisor:

Felipe Martínez-Pinzón