Majors & Minors

Hispanic Studies Major | Hispanic Studies Minor

General Distribution Requirement

Except for elementary and intermediate language courses, 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 multiculturalism 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 ten 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, HISP 307, either HISP 308 or HISP 309, either Portuguese language course HISP 111 or HISP 331, HISP 488 and at least one course from each of the four categories (areas) of the department curriculum: (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 of Hispanic Studies, up to two courses successfully taken on a study abroad program can apply toward the Hispanic Studies major. 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 of Hispanic Studies. There are two minor track options that students may pursue:

  1. The Hispanic Studies minor requires five courses beyond HISP 204 or HISP 220 and must include HISP 305, either HISP 307, HISP 308, or HISP 309, and three courses at the 400-level. (Care should be taken to insure that the student has completed the proper 300-level prerequisite course for any 400-level course s/he selects.)

    With prior approval from the Chair of Hispanic Studies, up to two courses successfully taken on a study abroad program can apply toward the Hispanic Studies minor.
     
  2. The Hispanic Studies minor in Portuguese language, literature and culture requires five courses beyond HISP 204 or HISP 220 and must include HISP 305, Portuguese language courses HISP 111 and HISP 331, and two courses successfully taken on a study abroad program in a Portuguese-speaking country, with prior approval from the Chair.