Bachelor of Arts (BA) Degree with a Major in Spanish and Portuguese

Program Learning Outcomes for the BA Degree with a Major in Spanish and Portuguese

Upon completing the BA degree with a major in Spanish and Portuguese, students will be able to:

  1. Demonstrate an advanced level of communicative proficiency when writing, speaking, listening to, reading and translating Spanish or Portuguese, including a high degree of ability in interacting with native Spanish or Portuguese speakers and text.
  2. Demonstrate analytical competence and independent and critical thinking skills by analyzing and responding to Spanish or Portuguese communications, including: identifying and evaluating arguments, ideas, and evidence, constructing critical responses to Spanish or Portuguese texts, and pursuing independent study or research in some facet of Spanish or Portuguese language or culture.
  3. Demonstrate advanced knowledge of the social, historical, political, and cultural aspects of the Spanish-speaking world and Spanish-speaking communities and apply this knowledge to reading and analyzing authentic cultural products, including literature, art, and film. They will understand how these cultural products reflect or construct facets of the Spanish-speaking world’s history, culture, and identity.

Requirements for the BA Degree with a Major in Spanish and Portuguese

For general university requirements, see Graduation Requirements. Students pursuing the BA degree with a major in Spanish and Portuguese must complete: 

  • A minimum of 10 courses (30 credit hours) to satisfy major requirements.
  • A minimum of 120 credit hours to satisfy degree requirements.
  • A minimum of 60 credit hours outside of major requirements.
  • A minimum of 10 courses (30 credit hours) taken at the 300-level or above.
  • A maximum of 4 courses (12 credit hours) from study abroad or transfer credit. For additional departmental guidelines regarding transfer credit, see the Policies tab. 

The courses listed below satisfy the requirements for this major. In certain instances, courses not on this official list may be substituted upon approval of the major’s academic advisor, or where applicable, the department's Director of Undergraduate Studies. (Course substitutions must be formally applied and entered into Degree Works by the major's Official Certifier.) Students and their academic advisors should identify and clearly document the courses to be taken.

Summary

Total Credit Hours Required for the Major in Spanish and Portuguese30
Total Credit Hours Required for the BA Degree with a Major in Spanish and Portuguese120

Degree Requirements 

Core Requirements
SPPO 330HISPANIC WRITING SEMINAR3
or SPPO 331 BRASIL ATUAL
SPPO 332APPROACHES TO HISPANIC LITERATURES3
Advanced Coursework in Spanish and Portuguese
Hispanic Linguistics
Select 1 course from the following: 1,23
INTRODUCTION TO SPANISH LINGUISTICS
DIALECTS IN CONTACT: SEARCHING FOR THE "INTERNATIONAL" FORM OF SPANISH
SECOND LANGUAGE ACQUISITION: LINGUISTIC, COGNITIVE AND SOCIAL DIMENSIONS
Survey
Select 2 courses from Survey courses (any course offerings between course numbers SPPO 340 and SPPO 359) 16
Advanced
Select 2 courses from Advanced courses (any course offerings between course numbers SPPO 360 and SPPO 399) 26
Seminar
Select 2 courses from Seminar courses (any course offerings between course numbers SPPO 401 and SPPO 489)6
Elective Requirements
Select 2 courses from the following:6
ADVANCED SPANISH FOR HERITAGE STUDENTS
SPECIAL TOPICS: ADVANCED SPANISH I
SPECIAL TOPICS: ADVANCED SPANISH II
SPECIAL TOPICS: ADVANCED SPANISH III
Any Spanish and Portuguese (SPPO) course offerings at the 330 course number or above
Any department approved elective course (see course list below)
Total Credit Hours Required for the Major in Spanish and Portuguese30
Additional Credit Hours to Complete BA Degree Requirements30
University Graduation Requirements *60
Total Credit Hours120

Footnotes and Additional Information 

Course List to Satisfy Requirements

Elective Requirements 

Students must complete 2 elective courses (6 credit hours). These may be selected from SPAN 303, SPAN 321, SPAN 322, or SPAN 325, or from Spanish and Portuguese (SPPO) course offerings at the 330 course number or higher, or from the department approved electives listed below. 

Department Approved Electives
Select up to 2 courses from the following:6
LATIN AMERICAN TOPICS
A VISUAL CULTURE TRAVELOGUE: ART AND POLITICS IN MODERN LATIN AMERICA
BRAZIL BUILT: THE CLINIC, THE TROPICAL, AND THE AESTHETIC
LATIN-EUROPE/LATIN-AMERICA: THE AESTHETICS AND POLITICS OF MODERN CITIES
LATIN AMERICAN BODIES: ON MODERNISM
MEXICO: 1910 TO PRESENT
UNITED STATES AND LATIN AMERICAN RELATIONS
COLONIAL SPANISH AMERICA
LATIN AMERICAN CULTURAL TRADITIONS
MODERN LATIN AMERICA
CONTINUITIES AND CHANGES IN BRAZILIAN HISTORY
COEXISTENCE IN MEDIEVAL SPAIN
LATIN AMERICAN PERSPECTIVES
RIO DE JANEIRO: A SOCIAL AND ARCHITECTURAL HISTORY
MEXICAN HISTORY
INTRODUCTION TO LATIN AMERICAN STUDIES
LATIN AMERICAN STUDIES CAPSTONE
LATINO POLITICS IN THE UNITED STATES
THE POLITICS AND CULTURE OF MEXICO
LATIN AMERICAN POLITICS
SEX, GENDER, AND POLITICAL REPRESENTATION IN LATIN AMERICA

Policies for the BA Degree with a Major in Spanish and Portuguese

Transfer Credit 

For Rice University’s policy regarding transfer credit, see Transfer Credit. Some departments and programs have additional restrictions on transfer credit. The Office of Academic Advising maintains the university’s official list of transfer credit advisors on their website: https://oaa.rice.edu. Students are encouraged to meet with their academic program’s transfer credit advisor when considering transfer credit possibilities. 

Departmental Transfer Credit Guidelines

Students pursuing the major in Spanish and Portuguese should be aware of the following departmental transfer credit guidelines:

  • No more than 4 courses (12 credit hours) of transfer credit from U.S. or international universities of similar standing as Rice may apply towards the major. 
  • Requests for transfer credit will be considered by the program director (and/or the program’s official transfer credit advisor) on an individual case-by-case basis.

Distribution Credit Information

The determination of distribution eligibility is done as part of the new course creation process. As part of an annual roll call coordinated each Spring by the Office of the Registrar, course distribution eligibility is reviewed and reaffirmed by the Dean’s Offices of each of the academic schools.  

Faculty and leadership in the academic schools are responsible for ensuring that the courses identified as distribution-eligible meet the criteria as set in the General Announcements. Students are responsible for ensuring that they meet graduation requirements by completing coursework designated as distribution at the time of course registration. 

Distribution courses from Spanish, Portuguese and Latin American Studies deal in questions of broad humanistic interest, including topics in history, literature, linguistics, culture, and art and film. They utilize methodologies characteristic of the Humanities, prompting students to probe a variety of components in the literary, cultural, and social life of Spanish and Portuguese-speaking communities.

Additional Information 

For additional information, please see the Spanish, Portuguese, and Latin American Studies website: https://spanishandportuguese.rice.edu/

Opportunities for the BA Degree with a Major in Spanish and Portuguese 

Academic Honors

The university recognizes academic excellence achieved over an undergraduate’s academic history at Rice. For information on university honors, please see Latin Honors (summa cum laude, magna cum laude, and cum laude) and Distinction in Research and Creative Work. Some departments have department-specific Honors awards or designations.

Departmental Honors

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). 

Additional Information 

For additional information, please see the Spanish, Portuguese, and Latin American Studies website: https://spanishandportuguese.rice.edu/

See https://humanities.rice.edu/student-life for tables of fellowships, prizes, and internships/practica that may be relevant to this major.