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 12 courses (36 credit hours) to satisfy major requirements.
  • A minimum of 12 courses (36 credit hours) taken at the 300-level or above.
  • A minimum of 120 credit hours to satisfy degree requirements.
  • A minimum of 60 credit hours outside the major.

Students who are pursuing two majors (i.e., are double majors) and have declared the major in Spanish and Portuguese must complete:

  • A minimum of 10 courses (30 credit hours) to satisfy major requirements. 
  • A minimum of 10 courses (30 credit hours) taken at the 300-level or above.

Double majors who drop the other major are required to meet the requirements listed for single majors.

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 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 Portuguese (for single majors)36
Total Credit Hours Required for the Major in Spanish and Portuguese (for double majors) 130
Total Credit Hours Required for the BA Degree with a Major in Spanish and Portuguese120

Degree Requirements 

Core Requirements
Writing Seminar
SPPO 330HISPANIC WRITING SEMINAR3
or SPPO 331 BRASIL ATUAL
SPPO 332APPROACHES TO HISPANIC LITERATURES3
Hispanic Linguistics
Select 1 from the following:3
INTRODUCTION TO SPANISH LINGUISTICS 2
DIALECTS IN CONTACT: SEARCHING FOR THE "INTERNATIONAL" FORM OF SPANISH 2
SECOND LANGUAGE ACQUISITION: LINGUISTIC, COGNITIVE AND SOCIAL DIMENSIONS 3
Advanced Coursework in Spanish and Portuguese
Select 2 Survey courses between course numbers SPPO 340 and SPPO 359 26
Select 3 Advanced courses between course numbers SPPO 360 and SPPO 399 3,49
Select 3 Seminar courses between course numbers SPPO 401 and SPPO 489 59
Elective Requirements
Select 2 from the following:6
Any course offering from Spanish (SPAN) between course numbers SPAN 303 and SPAN 324
Any course offering from Spanish and Portuguese (SPPO) at the 330 course number or above
Any department approved elective course (see below for course list)
Total Credit Hours Required for the Major in Spanish and Portuguese (for single majors)36
Total Credit Hours Required for the Major in Spanish and Portuguese (for double majors)30
Additional Credit Hours to Complete BA Degree Requirements24-30
University Graduation Requirements *60
Total Credit Hours 120

Footnotes and Additional Information 

Elective Requirements 

Both single and double majors must complete 2 elective courses (6 credit hours). These may be selected as 1 course (3 credit hours) from Spanish (SPAN) course offerings between SPAN 303 and SPAN 324, or 1 course (3 credit hours) from Spanish and Portuguese (SPPO) course offerings at the 330 course number or higher, or 1 course (3 credit hours) from the department approved electives listed below. 

Department Approved Electives
Select 2 from the following:6
THE CULTURE OF IDENTITY POLITICS IN CONTEMPORARY BRAZIL
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
COLONIAL SPANISH AMERICA
LATIN AMERICAN CULTURAL TRADITIONS
CONTINUITIES AND CHANGES IN BRAZILIAN HISTORY
CARIBBEAN HISTORY 1838 TO PRESENT
LATIN AMERICAN PERSPECTIVES
RIO DE JANEIRO: A SOCIAL AND ARCHITECTURAL 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
U.S.: MEXICO BORDER ISSUES IN COMPARATIVE PERSEPCTIVE

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: http://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:

  • 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.

For additional information, please see the Spanish, Portuguese, and Latin American Studies website: http://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). 

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