Hispanic Studies

The Department of Hispanic Studies offers a standard concentration program in Hispanic Studies with a track in Hispanic Language, Literature and Culture. This program provides students with a comprehensive view of Hispanic (Spain and Latin America) language, literature and culture. Both introductory and upper-level courses offer opportunities to explore a particular author, genre, period, or special topic, and to learn and use diverse analytical approaches. The overall requirement is a minimum of ten courses.

Prerequisite: HISP 0600 or placement.

1. Required courses: HISP 0730 and HISP 0740 which introduce students to standards and methods of interpretation in the field, as well as to major works, genres, and movements in the literatures and cultures of both sides of the Atlantic; and 1900 (or 1990 for students writing an honors thesis).

2. Elective courses: at least eight 1000-level courses which provide more specific preparation in major areas of Hispanic Studies. (Students should consider taking one upper-level language course, i.e., HISP 1210C or 1700).

Four of the 1000-level courses cover the principal areas of Hispanic Studies from medieval and early modern works all the way to works in the twenty-first century.

In consultation with the concentration advisor, students also choose from four 1000-level elective courses that best suit their specific needs and interests. 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.


Students are normally required to have an A average in their concentration courses before being considered for the Honors Program. Those interested in writing a Senior Thesis should discuss this possibility with the instructor they want as their thesis advisor during the spring semester of their junior year. Applications are due by the third week of a student's seventh semester at Brown.

Page last updated in October, 2010.

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