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 or in Hispanic studies or in Romance languages and literatures (with courses in two of the three languages: 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. 

Francophone Studies Major Requirements
Nine courses higher than Francophone Studies 22041, including:

  • Francophone Studies 24072 or 24082
  • Francophone Studies 24092
  • Francophone Studies 24102
  • three courses at the advanced level (3000–3999) 
    • Francophone Studies 3299, if offered
    • At least two advanced courses must be taken at Bowdoin.

Hispanic Studies Major Requirements
Nine courses higher than Hispanic Studies 22041, including:

  • Hispanic Studies 23052
  • Hispanic Studies 24092
  • Hispanic Studies 24102
  • three courses at the advanced level (3000–3999) 
    • at least two advanced courses must be taken at Bowdoin.

Italian Studies Major Requirements
Nine courses higher than Italian Studies 1101, including:

  • Italian Studies 1102 or 1103
  • Italian Studies 2203, 2204, 2305, and 2408
  • Two courses taught in English, whose focus is on Italian art, culture, cinema, or music (such as courses offered by Art History, Classics, Cinema Studies, and Music) may count toward the major; one must be taught by a member of the Italian Studies faculty.
  • Other Bowdoin courses or courses taken abroad require approval from the department to fulfill major requirements.
  • Three courses at the advanced level (3000-3999). At least one advanced course (3000-3999) must be taken in the student’s senior year and at Bowdoin
  • Students who place out of any of the courses listed above must still take at least nine Italian Studies courses for the major.

Romance Languages and Literatures Major Requirements
Nine courses higher than 22043. Students must fulfill the requirements below from two different languages.

Francophone studies requirements:

  • One of Francophone Studies 2407 or 24082
  • One of Francophone Studies 2409 or 24102

Hispanic studies requirements:

  • Hispanic Studies 24092
  • Hispanic Studies 24102

Italian studies requirements:

  • Italian Studies 23052
  • Italian Studies 24082

For any of the above combinations, three additional courses at the advanced level (3000–3999) are required, at least two of which must be taken at Bowdoin. These courses may be taken in either or both languages. If one of the languages is Italian, at least one advanced-level course (numbered 3000–3999) must be in Italian.

1 Or eight courses higher than 2204 for students beginning with 2203 or lower. 

2 Or an equivalent course from off-campus, in consultation with a faculty advisor for the major.

3 Or eight courses higher than 2204 for students beginning with 2203 or lower in one or both languages.

Requirements for Minors in Romance Languages and Literatures
Students may declare a minor in Francophone studies, Hispanic studies, or Italian Studies. 

Francophone studies and Hispanic studies minors:

  • at least four Bowdoin courses in one language numbered higher than 2204
  • One must be an advanced course (3000–3999).
  • Courses taken abroad do not satisfy the requirements for these minors.

Italian studies minors:

  • at least three Bowdoin Italian courses numbered higher than 2204
  • One must be an advanced course (3000–3999) and it must be taken at Bowdoin.
  • One course taken abroad may be counted toward this minor pending departmental approval.

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.