The Spanish Major
Laura Plummer, a dual major in Spanish and International Affairs, traveled to Puerto Rico to investigate Quinceañera, the Latin American cultural practice of celebrating a girl's transition to womanhood.
Students who major in Spanish may prepare themselves for a variety of fields in which proficiency in the Spanish language and knowledge of Hispanic cultures are desirable. Such fields might include international relations, business administration, government work, social service, and communications. In addition, students can prepare to teach Spanish at the elementary and secondary levels and in bilingual education programs through the foreign language teacher education program. The undergraduate major also provides a basis for graduate study in preparation for scholarly research and teaching at the college level. When combined with coursework or a dual major in other disciplines, the major prepares students for work in Spanish-speaking areas of the world as well as in bilingual regions of the United States.
The UNH study abroad program in Granada, Spain, open to majors and non-majors, offers students the opportunity to live and study abroad for a semester or a full academic year. A six-week summer immersion program in Costa Rica is also available to students. Financial aid is available for eligible students. Contact the departmental program directors for further information.
Requirements for the Major
The major consists of a minimum of 40 credits. All coursework required for the Spanish major or minor must be completed with a grade of C or better. Specific course requirements are:
1) language and culture: 525 or 526, 631, and 632;
2) four of the following 600-level courses: 641, 645, 648, 650, 651, 652, 653, 654 or equivalent;
3) three courses taught in Spanish at the 700 level.
An approved foreign study experience in a Spanish-speaking country of a minimum of one semester is required; a full academic year is highly recommended.
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