Twelve courses are required for departmental honors and a minimum 3.5 GPA in Hispanic Studies and a 3.2 GPA overall. In addition to the major requirements including the Seminar I 490 and Seminar II 491, students are required to be enrolled in two other courses, Spanish 498 (fall semester) and Spanish 499 (spring semester). Those courses are devoted to researching and writing an honors thesis following the Guidelines for Honors Thesis (PDF) of the department.
An oral examination to defend your thesis is administered at the completion of the thesis. The candidate for honors in the department selects a topic, a director for the thesis, and a committee.
If you are interested in pursuing honors, please inform the chair of department of your decision and contact a professor in the department to invite him/her to direct your thesis. Your proposal needs to be submitted no later than the second week of the fall semester. During the fall semester of your senior year you should be enrolled in Spanish 498 (besides your Senior Seminar I). You will select your honor thesis committee later in the process.
Once your director has accepted to work with you on your candidacy for honors, please send the department chair the appropriate information including the name of the professor that has accepted to direct your honor thesis, and a comment about the general topic you are interested in researching.
For additional information about the Hispanic Studies Honors Program or if you have questions, please contact the department chair.