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Undergraduate Programs

Our major and minor programs in Spanish and Portuguese combine the study of language, literature, culture and linguistics. However we also offer courses in the cinema of the Spanish and Portuguese speaking worlds. Our undergraduate students can choose from different international programs, completing their course requirements with credits earned by studying abroad, or enroll into the Thatcher House and experience full integration here on campus. We also offer a wide array of activities such as the Café Series and the recently developed Undergraduate Research Program.

Requirements for the Portuguese Major

(36 CREDITS) A grade of C or better must be earned in every course.

I. Pre-Major Preparation (6 credits)

PORT 301 Conversational Portuguese
PORT 311 Advanced Portuguese

II. Major Core (9 credits)

1. Choose one of the following courses:
PORT 315 Portuguese Civilization or PORT 316 Brazilian Civilization
(Students who take 315 to fulfill the culture requirement can take 316 as an upper-level requirement, and vice versa.)
2. Choose two of the following courses:
PORT 320 Introduction to Portuguese Literature I
PORT 321 Introduction to Portuguese Literature II
PORT 322 Introduction to Brazilian Literature

III. Upper-Level Courses (18 credits)

To complete the Major in Portuguese, students are required to take six upper-level courses, chosen with the adviser's approval. Two of these courses may be taken in areas related to the major (History, Anthropology, Art, etc.). Courses taken outside of the department must be at the 300 level or above.

IV. Junior Writing requirement (3 credits)

PORT 312

Requirements for the Portuguese Minor

(15 CREDITS) At least 6 of the 15 credits must be taken within the department, and a grade of C or better must be earned in every course.

I. Pre-Minor Preparation (6 credits)

Choose two of the following:
PORT 301 Conversational Portuguese I or PORT 302 Conversational Portuguese II
PORT 311 Advanced Grammar
PORT 312 Advanced Composition
The advisor may waive the above requirements in the case of native speakers, but every student has to take 15 credits in order to receive the Minor in Portuguese.

II. Minor Core (6 credits)

Choose two of the following courses:
PORT 320 Introduction to Portuguese Literature I
PORT 321 Introduction to Portuguese Literature II
PORT 322 Introduction to Brazilian Literature

III. Upper-Level Course (3 credits)

One upper-level elective, above the 300 level, chosen with the adviser's approval.

Important Note:

During their final semester at the University, students MUST present an unofficial transcript to their advisers, in order to have their Portuguese Minor declaration form signed. Only when this form is signed and received by the Records Office will students receive their Minor in Portuguese.

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Requirements for the Spanish Major

(36 CREDITS) A minimum of fifteen units counted toward the major must be earned in courses taught at the University or in programs abroad sponsored by the SpanPort unit, and a grade of C or better must be earned in every course.

I. Pre-Major Preparation (9 credits)

SPAN 311 Advanced Grammar (SPAN 354 recommended for Native Speakers)
SPAN 312 Oral and Written Expression
SPAN 378 Spanish Phonetics
The advisor may waive some of the above requirements, but every student has to take 36 credits in order to receive the Major in Spanish.

II. Major Core (12 credits)

1. Choose two of the following courses:
SPAN 320 Literature of Spain I (to the 17th century)
SPAN 321 Literature of Spain II (18th to 20th century)
SPAN 322 Spanish American Literature I (to the 19th century)
SPAN 323 Spanish American Literature II (20th century)
2. Choose one of the following courses:
SPAN 415 Culture and Civilization of Spain
SPAN 417 Culture and Civilization of Spanish America
(Students who take 415 to fulfill the culture requirement can take 417 as an upper-level requirement, and vice versa.)
3. Take: SPAN 470 General View of Hispanic Linguistics

III. Upper-Level Courses (12 credits)

1. Two of these courses must be Spanish classes at 400 level or above.
2. The two remaining courses may be taken either in Spanish (above 323) or in areas related to the major (History, Anthropology, Art, Political Scienes, etc.) at the 300 level or above.
Note: Majors must have advisor's approval for all upper-level courses.

IV. Integrative Experience (Primary majors only)

1.SPAN 394 (sophomore/junior year)
2.SPAN 494 (junior/senior year)

V. Junior Writing requirement (Primary Majors only)

SPAN 313

Requirements for the Spanish Minor

(15 CREDITS) At least 6 of the 15 credits must be taken within the program, and a grade of C or better must be earned in every course.

I. Pre-Minor Preparation (6 credits)

1. SPAN 311 Advanced Grammar. (SPAN 354 recommended for Native Speakers)
2. SPAN 312 Oral and Written Expression

II. Minor Core (6 credits)

Choose two from the following courses:
SPAN 320 Literature of Spain I (to the 17th century)
SPAN 321 Literature of Spain II (18th to 20th century)
SPAN 322 Spanish American Literature I (to the 19th century)
SPAN 323 Spanish American Literature II (20th century)

III. Upper-Level Course (3 credits)

One upper-level elective numbered 400 or above, taught in Spanish, and chosen with the adviser's approval.

Important Note:

During their final semester at the University, students MUST present an unofficial transcript to their advisers, in order to have their Spanish Minor declaration form signed. Only when this form is signed and received by the Records Office will students receive their Minor in Spanish.

The advisor may waive some of the above requirements, but every student has to take 15 credits in order to receive the Minor in Spanish.

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Requirements for the Catalan Minor

The Minor in Catalan studies consists of 15 CREDITS of coursework (9 required and 6 elective) on the language and culture of Catalonia and the Catalan-speaking areas. None of these credits may be taken Pass/Fail, and a grade of C or better must be earned in each course. Up to 6 credits may be taken abroad with departmental approval.

I. Required (9 credits)

1. CATALAN 246 Intensive Intermediate Catlana (6 credits)
2. CATALAN 321 Catalan Culture (3 credits)

II. Electives (6 credits)

Choose from the following:
1. CATALAN 311 – Advanced Intermediate Catalan (3 credits)
2. CATALAN 378 – Catalan Phonetics (3 credits)
3. CATALAN 520 – Old Catalan Literature (3 credits)
4. CATALAN 521 – Modern Catalan Literature (3 credits)
5. SPANISH 415 – Culture and Civilization of Spain (3 credits)
6. SPANISH 597T – Catalan Cinema (1 credit)
Other courses not listed here but with a significant component related to Catalan language and / or culture may qualify as electives.

Important Note:

During their final semester at the University, students MUST present an unofficial transcript to their advisers, in order to have their Catalan Minor declaration form signed. Only when this form is signed and received by the Records Office will students receive their Minor in Catalan.

Students interested in the Minor, seeking approval for coursework to be taken abroad, or for electives outside the Catalan program will need to meet with their Minor advisor.

Click here for more information about Catalan at UMass.


Undergraduate Advisors

Undergraduate Program Director
Luis Marentes

Spanish Major Advisors
Class of 2014 Jose Ornelas
Class of 2015 Luis Marentes
Class of 2016 Albert Lloret
Class of 2017 Meghan Armstrong
Class of 2018 Jose Ornelas

Spanish Minor Advisors
Last Name A-M Alberto Ameal-Perez
Last Name N-Z Emma Rivera/Rabago

Portuguese Major/Minor Advisor
José Ornelas

Catalan Minor Advisors
Guillem Molla
Albert Lloret