Undergraduate Frequently Asked Questions

 Hispanic Studies Undergraduates - Frequently Asked Questions 

WHAT HAPPENS IF I COULD NOT PRE-REGISTER ON LINE BECAUSE THE COURSE WAS ALREADY CLOSED?

You must email Melissa DeAugustinis (Melissa_DeAugustinis@brown.edu) and she will put you on a waiting list.  Do not contact the course supervisor.  Note places will be allocated on a first come first served basis.  There can be no jumping the queue.

The list remains open until the end of the pre-registration period. In addition, students must attend the first days of class in the section of their choice. There will be shifting during the first classes while students try to work out their course schedules. On the fourth day of class, if students are correctly placed they will most probably find room in one of the sections. Instructors should try to ensure that most of the students interested in Spanish classes be accommodated.

**Please note: All Spanish Language courses are independent courses and there are no requirements to take subsequent courses in order to receive credit. **

WHO HAS TO TAKE THE BROWN PLACEMENT EXAM?

Anyone who has had previous coursework in Spanish before beginning Spanish at Brown must take the Brown Placement Exam UNLESS s/he has presented AP scores or recent SAT II scores received in the last 18 months (however, those who received an AP score of 3 or under and have no SAT II score should also take the Brown Placement Exam).

Students with substantive non-academic contact with Spanish (living abroad, speaking Spanish at home) should also take the exam before entering a Spanish course.

Placement Scores are only valid for a maximum of 18 months.

WHEN AND WHERE IS THE PLACEMENT EXAM GIVEN?

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Spanish placement tests do not require registration. Computerized tests are given on a walk-in basis.

HOW DO I GET HELP DETERMINING MY CORRECT PLACEMENT?

Please read the placement information on the Hispanic Studies website. If you have questions, you can speak with the departmental representative at the Academic Expo held on Monday September 1st 2014 at Sayles Hall (Main Green). Help is often needed; please don't be timid about seeking it! Professors Bauer (Spring 2015), Schuhmacher, Smith and Sobral are available to discuss placement matters.

WHAT DO I DO IF I FEEL I AM PLACED TOO HIGH OR LOW?

There is no perfect placement tool; if you feel that the course where you placed is not appropriate for you, talk to your instructor or the supervisor of the course. Remember that in order to be admitted in a course where you did not place through test scores, you need permission from the course supervisor, so consult departmental representatives (see above). In order to learn more about the level of the courses, check course materials in the bookstore and course preview pages.

WHEN I AM PLACED AT HIGHER LEVELS ON THE EXAMS, WHAT COURSES CAN I TAKE?

If you place at higher levels in the AP, SAT II or BPE, there is an array of courses you can choose from.

AP (5) in Language → HISP 600

AP (5) in Literature → HISP 710-760—See Banner for 700 level courses

SAT II(750+) →HISP 710-760—See Banner for 700 level courses

HISP 710, 730, 740, 750, and 760 are more customized courses, all of them approximately at the same level, but with different emphases. HISP 730 and 740 serve as introductions to all periods of Latin American and Peninsular literature, while HISP 760 offers a similar introduction to literature but from a Trans Atlantic perspective. Hispanic Studies concentrators must take at least one course from the 700 literature series (730, 740, or 760). All students, including concentrators, are required to take 730, 740, 0r 760 before proceeding to 1000-level courses.  HISP 710 focuses on advanced grammar review in the context of materials organized around a cultural theme while HISP 750 courses offer various more specialized topics in Hispanic culture and civilization.

Descriptions of all Spanish language courses may be found in the Course Announcement Bulletin and online in the Banner course catalog under “Hispanic Studies.

WHY CAN'T I TAKE HISP 1000-LEVEL COURSES RIGHT AWAY?

All 1000-level courses at Brown should have prerequisites. In Hispanic Studies, we want our 1000-level students to be able to examine and discuss texts with the right "tools" and thus require that you go through our departmental courses at the 700 level. This generally includes native speakers of Spanish, since our upper-level courses are predicated on literary rather than purely linguistic knowledge.

WHAT LEVEL OF STUDY IS REQUIRED FOR STUDY ABROAD?

Most of the time HISP 500. For the program in Barcelona through the Consortium of Advanced Studies in Barcelona (CASB), HISP 600.

WHAT LEVEL OF STUDY SATISFIES THE INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS CONCENTRATION REQUIREMENT?

HISP 600.

HOW DO I GET INFORMATION REGARDING A CONCENTRATION IN HISPANIC STUDIES?

By attending the Academic Expo during orientation week; by consulting the page on Concentrations on the Hispanic Studies website (http://www.brown.edu/academics/hispanic-studies/) and by speaking with our Concentration Advisor any time during the year.  For Fall 2014 this is Profs Julia Chang and Sarah Thomas.