Degree Requirements

General Requirements for the Major or Minor

General university degree requirements stipulate that 1) at least four units of the major or three units of the minor be taken in residence at Puget Sound; 2) students earn a GPA of 2.0 in courses taken for the major or the minor; and 3) all courses taken for a major or minor must be taken for graded credit. Any exceptions to these stipulations are indicated in the major and minor degree requirements listed below.

Requirements for the Bachelor of Arts in Language, Culture, and Literature in Hispanic Studies

Ten units, a senior paper, and a senior portfolio (see Notes below).

  1. Ten units in Spanish at the 201 level or above to include:
    1. SPAN 300
    2. Two units at the 301 level or above in SPAN and/or LTS
    3. One 400-level course
  2. Two of the 300/400-level courses must be taken at the Tacoma campus, one during the senior year. See section on Transfer of Units (below) for more details.

Requirements for the Bachelor of Arts in Hispanic International Studies

Fourteen units and a senior portfolio (see Notes below).

  1. Eight units in Spanish at the 201 level or above to include:
    1. SPAN 205
    2. Three units at the 300/400 level in SPAN and/or LTS
    3. Two of the 300/400-level courses must be taken at the Tacoma campus, one during senior year. See section on Transfer of Units (below) for more details.
  2. Three units in International Politics
    1. PG 102 or 103
    2. Two units from: IPE 331; PG 321, 328, 330-336, 339; SOAN 315, 316, 318, 340, 350.
  3. Three units in International Business and/or Economics
    1. Three units from ECON 101, 268, 271; BUS 370, 435, 472, 475; IPE 205. Note: A student majoring in Hispanic International Studies who also earn a Economics major or minor may also count ECON 301 and 302 towards this requirement.

Requirements for the Minor in Spanish

Completion of a minimum of five units in Spanish at the 201 level or above. One unit must be at the 300 or 400 level, taught in Spanish and taken at the Tacoma campus.

Notes

  1. Students must earn a grade of C (2.0) or above in all courses taken for a major or minor in the Department of Hispanic Studies.
  2. The senior writing project is a graduation requirement for Language, Culture and Literature majors. It will emerge from an upper division course (301 or above), an equivalent course while taken abroad or an approved summer research project. More information about the senior writing requirement are available from the department or the academic advisor.
  3. Majors are required to compile a portfolio of their work, submitted to the department by April 1 of their senior year. When students declare their major, they should seek a faculty advisor in the department who will advise them on the creation of their portfolio. The portfolio serves to assess the student's progress in the curriculum and to synthesize the student's total experience as a major.
  4. Refer to home departments for prerequisites for all courses without the SPAN designation. For example, PG 321 has a prerequisite of PG 102.
  5. Hispanic International Studies students majoring or minoring in Economics may count ECON 301 and 302 toward the International Business or Economics requirement.
  6. The Department of Hispanic Studies does not accept or award credit for distance learning courses.
  7. The Department of Hispanic Studies reserves the right to exclude a course from a major or minor based on the time elapsed since the course was completed.

Study Abroad Coursework

Majors and minors in Hispanic Studies receive credit for coursework earned while studying in departmentally approved study abroad programs only. A list of approved programs is available below. To ensure that credit earned abroad will transfer, students are encouraged to consult with a department advisor to discuss their plans for foreign study. The following are the approved programs in the Department of Hispanic Studies. No University credit in Spanish will be awarded for coursework carried out in programs other than the following:

  • IFSA/Butler Buenos Aires (Argentina)
  • CIEE Valparaíso (Chile)
  • UPS/PLU Oaxaca (Mexico)
  • ILACA Granada (Spain)
  • Madrid Summers (Spain)

Placement

Normally, first year students in their first semester who have completed a minimum of three solid years of Spanish courses in high-school are qualified to enroll in Spanish 201 (Intermediate Spanish I). First year students in their first semester who have completed less than three years of solid high-school Spanish courses should consider enrolling in Spanish 101 (Elementary Spanish I) in the fall or in Spanish 110 (Intensive Elementary Spanish) in the spring term. Students who failed to take Spanish during the year prior to entering Puget Sound should consider enrolling in Spanish 110 as well. Experiential learning abroad, living in a Spanish-speaking household in the U.S. or abroad, graduating from a Spanish immersion school program, and other such experiences generally allow first year students to enroll in post-intermediate or advanced courses. Please consult with a department advisor at the fall Academic Fair, via email, or in person during their office hours for personal assistance with placement. All transfer students, especially those who have not taken Spanish for one or more years prior to transferring to Puget Sound, can also be evaluated on an individual basis. Consult department advisors to determine adequate course placement. All transfer students, especially those who have had prolonged periods of time elapse since their last academic coursework, will be evaluated on an individual basis. Their placement will be based on observation in courses at the Tacoma campus.

Transfer of units

Coursework completed at other accredited institutions may be accepted toward major or minor requirements subject to the following conditions:

  1. All Hispanic Studies majors must take a minimum of four courses taught in the Hispanic Studies department at the Tacoma campus.
  2. In addition to meeting the first requirement, Hispanic International Studies majors must take a minimum of four of the required units in Business, Economics, and Politics & Government at the Tacoma campus.
  3. All minors must take a minimum of three units at the Tacoma campus, including the required 300/400-level course.