The School of Humanities
The department offers courses on the literatures and cultures of the Portuguese and Spanish-speaking nations of the world and on Spanish and Portuguese linguistics. The department stresses linguistic competence, interdisciplinary study, and a transnational perspective on Spanish, Latin America and Brazilian literature and culture. In addition to courses on the novel, poetry, and the essay, the department also offers the opportunity to study film, art, cultural theory, translation, and gender. Qualified students may undertake independent work.
Latin American Studies is an interdisciplinary major designed to further understanding of the cultures, histories, and politics of Latin America as viewed from regional and global perspectives. For more information, see Latin American Studies.
Upon completing the BA degree, students majoring in Spanish and Portuguese will be able to:
For general university requirements, see Graduation Requirements. Students pursuing the BA degree with a major in Spanish and Portuguese (SPPO) must complete:
Students who are pursuing two majors (i.e., are double majors) and have declared Spanish and Portuguese (SPPO) must complete a minimum of 10 courses (30 credit hours) at the 300-level or above to satisfy major requirements. Double majors who drop their second major are required to meet the requirements listed for single majors.
CORE REQUIREMENTS Single majors must complete a total of 11 courses (30 credit hours) from the following to satisfy the Spanish and Portuguese major's Core Requirements. Double majors must complete a total of 9 courses (24 credit hours) to satisfy the Spanish and Portuguese major's Core Requirements.
Writing Seminar Both single majors and double majors must complete 1 course (3 credit hours) from the following:
Approaches to Literature Both single majors and double majors must complete the following course:
Hispanic LinguisticsBoth single majors and double majors must complete 1 course (3 credit hours) from the following:
Advanced Coursework in Spanish and PortugueseSingle majors must complete a total of 8 courses (24 credit hours) as listed below.
Double majors must complete a total of 6 courses (18 credit hours) as listed below.
ELECTIVETo fulfill the remaining Spanish and Portuguese major requirements, both single majors and double majors must complete 1 additional course (3 credit hours) between SPAN 303 and SPAN 324 or any SPPO course at the 330 course number or above (see Rice University's Course Catalog). In addition, students can also choose courses to satisfy the Spanish and Portuguese major's Elective requirement from the following:
The department offers to outstanding majors the opportunity to do honors work during their final year of study. Honors work consists of an independent research project leading to a thesis and is undertaken under the direction of a departmental faculty member. Every year, the department also presents the Cervantes Award for Outstanding Seniors to its top students. Students wishing to do honors work must submit a thesis proposal to be approved by the department before the end of the semester prior to the semester in which they will register for the honors thesis (SPPO 495).
For more information about the interdisciplinary BA in Latin American Studies, please visit the Latin American Studies page.
Note: Internally, the university uses the following abbreviations (4-digit codes) to identify the Spanish and Portuguese undergraduate degree and major. The following is a quick reference:
Course Catalog/Schedule - Course offerings/subject codes: SPPO, LASR, SPAN Department Description and Code - Spanish and Portuguese, and Latin American Studies: SPLA Degree Description and Code - Bachelor of Arts degree: BA Major Description and Code - Major in Spanish and Portuguese: SPPO - Major in Latin American Studies: LASR
Spanish, Portuguese and Latin American Studies does not offer an academic program at the graduate level.
The official course offerings, including course descriptions, listed in the Spanish, Portuguese and Latin American Studies Undergraduate Requirements section can be found in Rice's Course Catalog: Spanish , Portuguese or Latin American Studies .
To view the most recent course schedule for the 2016-2017 academic year, see Rice's Course Schedule.
For additional information regarding Spanish, Portuguese and Latin American Studies, see the department's website: https://spanishandportuguese.rice.edu/.