Requirements for Majors and Minors in Francophone Studies, Italian Studies, Hispanic Studies and Romance Languages and Literatures

Students may declare a major in Francophone Studies, Hispanic Studies or in Romance Languages and Literatures (which is a combination of courses from two of the following: French, Italian, and Spanish). All majors are expected to achieve breadth in their knowledge of the French-, Italian-, and/or Spanish-speaking worlds by taking courses on the literatures and cultures of these areas from their origins to the present. Students should also take complementary courses in study-away programs or in other departments and programs such as art history, Latin American studies, history, English, and Africana studies. The major consists of nine courses more advanced than French 2204 or Spanish 2204 (or eight courses higher than 2204 for students beginning in 1101, 1102 or 2203). Students must achieve a grade of C or higher in all prerequisite courses.

All majors in Hispanic Studies, Francophone Studies, and Romance Languages and Literatures will complete at least three 3000-level courses. No more than two courses may be in independent study, and no fewer than five Bowdoin courses should be taken. Students who study abroad for one semester will receive a maximum of three credits toward the major. Those who study abroad for the academic year will receive a maximum of four credits toward the major.

Hispanic Studies Major Requirements

Nine courses higher than Spanish 2204*, including:
1. Spanish 2305, 2409 and 2410.
2. three courses at the 3000 level—at least two 3000-level courses must be taken at Bowdoin.
3. Students are strongly encouraged to include courses dealing with all periods and several Spanish-speaking contexts.
* or eight courses higher than 2204 for students beginning in 1101, 1102 or 2203.

Francophone Studies Major Requirements

Nine courses higher than French 2204*, including:
1. two of the following four courses (one from 2407, 2408; one from 2409, 2410, or the equivalent in study abroad):
 French 2407
 French 2408
 French 2409
 French 2410

2. three courses at the 3000 level, including French 3299 (senior seminar)—at least two 3000-level courses must be taken at Bowdoin.
3. Students are strongly encouraged to include courses dealing with all periods and several Francophone contexts.
* or eight courses higher than 2204 for students beginning in 1101, 1102 or 2203.

Romance Languages and Literatures Major Requirements

Nine courses higher than 2204* in a combination of two languages, including the corresponding requirements below:
1. French 2407 or 2408 and 2409 or 2410 (or the equivalent in study abroad)
2. Italian 2305 and 2408 (or the equivalent in study abroad)
3. Spanish 2409 and 2410 (or the equivalent in study abroad)
4. Three courses at the 3000 level. At least two 3000-level courses must be taken at Bowdoin. These courses my be taken in either or both languages. If one of the languages is Italian, at least one of the 3000-level courses must be in Italian.
* or eight courses higher than 204 for students beginning one of the languages in 1101, 1102 or 2203.

Requirements for Minors in Romance Languages

Students may declare a minor in French, Italian, or Spanish. The minor consists of at least four courses at Bowdoin in one language higher than 2204, including one 3000-level course. The Italian Studies minor may include one 2000-level course from abroad; the 3000-level course must be taken at Bowdoin. Courses taken abroad do not count for the Francophone Studies or Hispanic Studies minor.

Placement

Entering first-year and transfer students who plan to take French, Italian, or Spanish must take the appropriate placement test, administered online during the summer. Students with questions regarding placement should speak with a faculty member in the department.