Concentrating in Hispanic Studies allows you to develop the linguistic competency and literary and cultural knowledge necessary for an understanding of the Spanish-speaking world. It provides grounding for careers in teaching, diplomacy, medicine, and any other field involving the Hispanic world. The Department of Hispanic Studies has four concentration programs: Hispanic Literature and Culture (combines courses on Spanish and Latin American literature), Interdisciplinary Peninsular (Spanish literature and culture), Interdisciplinary Latin American (Latin American literature and culture) and Language and Linguistics. All concentration options in Hispanic Studies entail proficiency in the Spanish language and involve a rigorous and broadly based program of study.
Concentrators are reminded that courses from Comparative Literature, History and other disciplines may be applied toward the concentration in Hispanic Studies as long as they deal with Spanish or Latin American themes, or with questions or topics that are pertinent for the study of Peninsular or Latin American culture. Individual courses may be discussed with the Concentration Advisor on a case by case basis. Up to two courses from outside of Hispanic Studies may be counted toward the concentration.
As many as four courses taken abroad may be applied towards the concentration in Hispanic Studies. These courses must meet the requirements of the concentration and be approved by the Concentration Advisor (note that they must first be approved for Brown University credit.) If you are planning to fulfill concentration requirements with courses taken abroad, please keep the syllabi and work (exams, papers) for evaluation.
A worksheet (PDF) is available to help you organize and visualize different concentration requirements. Please print it out and go over it before you see the Concentration Advisor.
Important note: Beginning Spring Semester 2009, students will be able to count either HISP 740 or HISP 730 as sole pre-requisites for 1000-level courses.