Majors & Minors

Hispanic Studies Major | Hispanic Studies Minor

General Distribution Requirement

Except for elementary and intermediate language courses and HISP 388, all courses in the Department of Hispanic and Latin American Studies count toward the general distribution requirement in humanities.

General Education Requirements

Courses that meet the general education requirements in writing, quantitative thinking, internationalism and US identities and differences will be posted on the Registrar's web page in advance of registration for each semester.

Additional information regarding the general distribution requirement and the general education requirements can be found in the graduation requirements section of this catalog.

Language Requirement

Students can fulfill the Macalester College foreign language requirement in Spanish or Portuguese in this department by completing one of the following: 1. A score of 620 or higher on the SAT II test, with listening component, upon entrance to the program. 2. A score of 4-5 on the Advanced Placement Test offered through high schools. 3. Successful completion of Macalester's  HISP 204, Intermediate Spanish II or HISP 220, Accelerated Intermediate Spanish. 4. Successful completion of Macalester's two-course Portuguese language sequence HISP 111 (Acclerated Elementary Portuguese) through HISP 331 (Luso-Brazilian Voices: Conversation and Composition).

Students earn credit for HISP 101 and HISP 102 by scoring 5, 6, or 7 on the International Baccalaureate Exam. These students will still need to fulfill the above guidelines for the two-year language requirement.

Students will not receive credit for HISP 110 if they have previously taken or been awarded credit for HISP 101 and/or HISP 102.

Students will not receive credit for HISP 220 if they have previously taken or been awarded credit for HISP 203 and/or HISP 204.

Students are expected to satisfy the foreign language requirement through courses at Macalester, unless exceptional circumstances arise.

Students who fulfilled the language requirement by meeting the guidelines above must take HISP 305 before entering the sequence of courses further required for a major or minor in Hispanic Studies.

Honors Program

The Department of Hispanic & Latin American Studies participates in the honors program. Eligibility requirements, application procedures and specific project expectations are available from your major or minor adviser, or the Director of Academic Programs.

Topics Courses

HISP 194, HISP 294, HISP 394, HISP 494 

Topics courses offer a variety of themes and approaches not found in our regular course offerings. Recent topics courses have included: Las Voces de Inmigrants y Exiliados en la Narrativa Postmoderna Espanola; Ethics of Civic Engagement; Consuming Culture: Latin American Literature and Consumer Culture; Constructions of a Female Killer; Frontera: The U.S./Mexico Border; Spanish in the United States; Brazilian Literature, Culture, and the Arts; Oral History and Literary Traditions of Amazonia. Prerequisite: varies. Offered fall and/or spring, depending on instructor availability, and announced at the time of registration. (4 credits)

Independent Study

The department offers independent study options in the form of tutorials, independent projects, internships, and preceptorships. For more information contact the department and review the Curriculum section of the catalog.

Hispanic Studies Major

Major Requirements

A major in Hispanic Studies consists of a minimum of eleven courses beyond HISP 204 or HISP 220. Every major plan must be designed in consultation with a Department of Hispanic Studies faculty advisor. It will include HISP 305; either HISP 111 or HISP 331; the one-credit Junior Seminar HISP 388 (to be taken during the on-campus semester of Junior year); HISP 488; at least three additional courses at the 300 level; and at least three courses at the 400 level. The tenth course is elective. Students must take one course from each of the four categories (areas) of the department curriculum at either the 300 or 400 level: (1) Origins and Beginnings, (2) Modern Hispanic Voices, (3) Language, Linguistics, and Community, and (4) Hispanic Peoples and Cultures: Interdisciplinary Approaches.

Students majoring in Hispanic Studies are required to successfully complete one term of a study abroad program, although the Department of Hispanic Studies reserves the right to waive this requirement under exceptional circumstances. With prior approval from the Chair, up to two courses successfully taken on a study abroad program can apply toward the 300-level courses required for the Hispanic Studies major. All 400-level credit must be earned at Macalester.

Successful completion of HISP 488 fulfills the capstone seminar requirement.

Hispanic Studies Minor

Minor Requirements

Every minor plan should be designed in consultation with a Department of Hispanic Studies faculty advisor and must be approved by the Chair. Minors are encouraged, but not required, to take the one-credit Junior Seminar (HISP 388). There are two minor tracks that students may pursue:

  1. The Hispanic Studies minor requires five courses beyond HISP 204 or HISP 220. They must include HISP 305; two courses at the 300 level; and two courses at the 400 level. (Care should be taken to ensure that students have completed the proper 300-level prerequisite course for any 400-level course they select.) At least one 400-level course must be taken at Macalester. With prior approval from the Chair, up to two courses successfully taken on a study abroad program can apply towards the Hispanic Studies minor.
     
  2. The Hispanic Studies minor in Portuguese language, literature and culture requires five courses beyond HISP 204 or HISP 220. They must include HISP 305HISP 111 and HISP 331; and, with prior approval from the Chair, two courses successfully completed on a study abroad program in a Portuguese-speaking country.