Language courses 101, 102, 103, 204 are a sequential series of courses designed to prepare the student in the basic language skills (listening, speaking, reading, and writing) through the study of grammar, literature, and culture, and/or to provide the foundation for pursuing advanced work in language and literature. Spanish 205, 206 and 207 are designed to develop the student's spoken and written mastery of the language through compositions and intensive oral work based on cultural and literary topics. Admission to these courses is determined either by appropriate high school CEEB or Carleton placement test scores or by completion of the previous course in the sequence with a grade of C- or better.
We examine literary works for both their aesthetic and human values. Our literature courses have a number of goals: to refine and expand students' linguistic ability, to broaden their cultural understanding, to improve their ability to engage in literary analysis, to enhance their knowledge of literary history and criticism, and to help students better understand themselves and the human condition. In our discussions, we address universal themes and concerns, but we also try to uncover what is peculiarly Hispanic or Latin American about the works.
Requirements for a Major
Sixty-six credits in Spanish including the following:
- no more than eighteen credits in the sequence 204-219;
- no more than eighteen credits from courses numbered 220-299
A limit of three 200-level literature courses (may include one in translation) within the range of 220-299 guarantees that our students will proceed in a timely fashion to the upper division seminars and yet allows both flexibility and transition. All our courses demand that students learn and apply critical skills for literary and cultural analysis. However, it is at the 300-level that our majors complete a paper that can often form the basis for the senior comprehensive project, the capstone experience in our major.
- At least three courses in Latin American literature, film and/or culture and three courses in Peninsular literature, literature, film and/or culture must be completed before winter term of the senior year
- Six credits in literature or film other than in Spanish
- Integrative Exercise
The spring term of our majors’ junior year, students consult with faculty and begin the process of their comps or senior comprehensive exercise. Comps is completed spring term, senior year. Six credits for work in the comprehensive exercise are also included in the required 66 credits.
Programs Abroad: Participation in a Carleton or in another approved foreign study program is highly recommended for students majoring or concentrating in the above areas. Students interested in study abroad should consult the section on international off-campus programs, and discuss alternatives with faculty in Spanish and with the Director of Off-Campus Studies.
Language Houses: Students have the opportunity to immerse themselves in the language by living in the Language House. The Associate is a native speaker, and students organize and participate in numerous cultural activities in the language houses.
Certificate of Advanced Study in Foreign Language and Literature: Most students in our courses are not necessarily majoring in Spanish. Often students continue to take Spanish while pursuing a major in a different department simply because they are interested in the language and culture. An increasing number of students pursue the certificate of advanced study (the equivalent of what would be considered a minor area of study at many universities and colleges).
Students who pursue the Certificate of Advanced Study in Spanish are required to complete 36 credits beyond the 103 level with grades of C- or better in each course. Although courses for the Certificate may be taken on an S/CR/NC basis, "D" or "CR" level work will not be sufficient to satisfy the credit requirement. The courses must be taught in Spanish. We limit the number of non-Carleton OCS credits that can be applied to the certificate to a total of 12, and these credits do not substitute for the 12 credits at the 300-level that these students must complete on campus or through the departmental OCS programs.
The Certificate allows for a maximum of flexibility in that students can take as many as 24 credits in the 204-299 range. However, the most common scenario is that these students follow the progression that our majors follow and benefit from the general goals of the Spanish major.
Students need to fill out the Certificate Form and turn it into the Department's Administrative Assistant, LDC 340, email@example.com. Forms must be completed no later than fall term of senior year. Courses being taken during that term will be counted upon completion of course.