1. How is your honors degree program administered? Is there a specific
person who acts as coordinator? Is there a faculty committee?
There is an honors committee made up of a chairperson and three other
2. What are the requirements for admission into your honors program?
How are students recruited for your program? May students recommend
Students must (a) have an overall GPA of at least 3.35 and a 3.5 GPA in
Spanish courses, and (b) have completed S310 or S311, S312, S331, and
S332. Eligible students should get in touch with the chair of the Honors
Committee for an application and interview. Students are recruited every
semester by the chair of the committee, soliciting from the faculty
nominations of excellent candidates. Students may also recommend
3. How does a student graduate with honors from your department?
A student graduates with honors in the department of Spanish and
Portuguese by taking an honors seminars and writing an honors thesis in
addition to the requirements for graduation.
4. What courses do students take as juniors and before in order to
prepare for working on the senior project? How are these honors seminars
and courses typically conducted? What are the usual requirements in such
Prior to being accepted into the honors program in the department of
Spanish and Portuguese, the student must have completed S310 (or S311),
S312, S331, and S332. Each honors student also takes S498, Readings for
Honors. The requirements for S498 depend upon those set by each faculty
member each semester.
5. Are there departmental resources available to support internships or
research projects related to the senior project?
The department has no resources to support internships or research projects.
6. What is the nature of the senior project and what are the
requirements for completing it?
The senior project consists of a honors thesis which is usually a minimum
of thirty pages. The topic of the thesis can focus on any area of
Hispanic literature, language, or culture and can also be designed to include
interests in the student's minor field of study or second major. The
requirements for completing it are set by the director and two readers.
7. How might the work required for an honors degree be particularly
beneficial in future endeavors?
The program will give the students an unusual opportunity to develop
their ability to pursue a project under the personalized supervision of a
faculty member especially interested in the project. The ability to
carry through to completion a research and writing project of such length
and sophistication illustrates to future employers, graduate, and
professional schools, etc. that our honors students represent the best of
the best: they are self-motivated, intellectually curious, talented as
writers, and goal-oriented.