Spanish and Portuguese
418 Herter Hall
Degree: Bachelor of Arts
Contact: José N. Ornelas
Director of Program: Associate Professor Luis Marentes. Undergraduate Program Director: Professor José N. Ornelas. Professors Fagundes, Patai; Associate Professor Russotto; Assistant Professors Amaral, Barbón, Gubitosi, Zecchi; Lecturers Ameal-Pérez, Cunha, Rivera-Rábago. Adjunct Faculty Ben-Ur, Bernabe-Ramos, Espada.
The Spanish major is designed to enable students to acquire competence in the Spanish language and attain the linguistic, cultural, and literary knowledge necessary to understand the Spanish-speaking world. Acquaintance with the language and many forms of culture of the Spanish-speaking world has become essential in the age of global communications and the internationalization of economic, political, cultural, and social life. Moreover, the study and appreciation of the diverse and dynamic cultural heritage of almost 400 million Spanish speakers in Europe and Central, South, and North America, including various Latino communities in the United States, have intrinsic value and are central to a comprehensive liberal arts education.
The Spanish major offers courses in literature, linguistics, culture, and civilization. The literature courses not only emphasize literary analysis, but also give insights into the cultures of Spanish-speaking peoples. All the department’s courses also develop language skills. As a complement to the Spanish major, students are encouraged to obtain certificates or undertake minors as available in areas of related interest such as Latin American Studies, International Relations, Modern European Studies or Women’s Studies.
The undergraduate major in Spanish consists of 36 credits. Entering students who wish to major in Spanish and are at the intermediate level are urged to take SPANISH 246 or the SPANISH 232/242 sequence.
II. Major Core (12 credits)
IV. Upper-Level Courses (12 credits)
The program sponsors several programs abroad: the Salamanca (Spain) summer program, a fall semester in Granada (Spain), and a spring semester in Oviedo (Spain). Students may also participate in other exchange programs in Spain and in several other Spanish-speaking countries. The program works closely with the International Programs Office to facilitate arrangements for foreign study for Spanish majors and minors, and strongly encourages both to take advantage of these programs or to participate in other semester or academic year programs in Spain or Latin America.
A grade of C or better must be obtained in each course required for the major. No Pass/Fail courses taken at the university will be accepted for the major.
A minimum of 15 of the credits required for the major must be earned in courses taught at the university.
Majors planning to teach Spanish at the secondary level must apply formally to the Secondary Teacher Education Program (STEP) office in the School of Education, Furcolo Hall. The application should be submitted as early as possible in order to plan the program, which includes both the foreign language major and the necessary courses in professional education. Students entering the program of foreign language teacher training must pass the Communication and Literacy test prior to entering this program, and the Massachusetts Educator Certification Subject Area test before student teaching. For further information about the Foreign Language Teacher Training program, contact Assistant Professor Amaral, tel. 545-4790, or the STEP office, tel. 545-4397, or see the website www.umass.edu/freital/tchregs.html, for information about provisional certification.
Required Courses for Secondary Level Teaching
The following are the education-related courses:
EDUC 524 The Work of the Middle and High School Teacher
Students completing this program receive the Provisional Certificate with Advanced Standing, which enables them to apply for a teaching post. They then have five years in which to complete coursework for the Standard Certificate, which generally entails the completion of a Master’s program.
Information about the Massachusetts Teacher Test is available on the Massachusetts Department of Education Website at www.doe.mass.edu. Registration forms may be requested on-line.
Many professional and vocational opportunities are open to majors in Spanish. In addition to preparing students for graduate studies in Spanish and other academic fields for which the knowledge of Spanish is necessary or useful, the major provides grounding for careers in teaching, translation and interpretation, diplomacy, health, government, law, banking, insurance, journalism, marketing, public relations, and international affairs, among many others. With these possibilities in mind, students are urged to consult their advisers in the department as soon as possible to plan wise choices of appropriate courses.
The minor in Spanish consists of 15 credits, at least six of which must be taken in the Spanish and Portuguese unit. None of these credits may be taken Pass/Fail, and a grade of C or better must be earned in each course.
(3 cr) 311 Advanced Grammar
(3 cr) Choice of one: 301 Conversation I, 312 Composition, 378 Phonetics, 465 Business Spanish
(6 cr) Choice of two: 320, 321, 322, 323
(3 cr) One upper-level elective, 330 or above (except 378, 465), chosen with the adviser. (This course must be taught in Spanish.)
Note: Students must see their adviser regarding courses for the minor.
Contact: F. Fagundes or J. Ornelas
Contact: D. Patai (Brazilian)
Phone: (413) 545-2887
The program for the undergraduate Portuguese majors provides students with a general knowledge of the language and literatures of the Portuguese-speaking nations (including Angola, Mozambique, Guinea-Bissau, São Tome e Príncipe, and Cape Verde) as well as of the contributions made to American culture by the thousands of Portuguese, Brazilian and Cape Verdean peoples living in the United States. The Portuguese major allows the student to concentrate on the following areas: Portuguese language, Portuguese or Brazilian literature, or African Literatures of Portuguese Expression (ALPE).
Majors and minors are encouraged to study abroad in a Portuguese-speaking country; advisers should be consulted.
The undergraduate major in Portuguese consists of 36 credits. None of these credits may be taken Pass/Fail, and a grade of C or better must be obtained in each course. Entering students who wish to major in Portuguese and are at the intermediate level are urged to take PORTUG 246, an intensive course that enables them to begin the major the following semester.
I. Pre-major preparation:
II. Major Core:
III. Upper-level courses
IV. Junior Writing Requirement (3 credits)
Majors in Portuguese may enter a teaching career either in bilingual education or at the traditional secondary level (Portuguese as a Second Language). For further information, see the Teacher Preparation guidelines under Spanish. School of Education courses required for state certification are often incorporated into the undergraduate program. There are many other career opportunities open to Portuguese majors such as: private business and industry; community related services; federal government. Portuguese majors may do a certificate program in an additional area entitling them to a wider range of professional objectives.
The minor in Portuguese consists of 15 credits, at least 6 of which must be taken within the department.
1. Choice of two: 301 Conversation I, 311 Advanced Grammar, 312 Advanced Composition. (With departmental permission the above may be waived in the case of native speakers.)
2. Choice of two: 320 Introduction to Portuguese Literature I, 321 Introduction to Portuguese Literature II, 322 Introduction to Brazilian Literature.
3. One upper-level elective (above the 300 level) chosen with an adviser from among departmental offerings.