The curriculum in Spanish is designed to deepen and broaden students’ knowledge of the language and cultures of the Spanish-speaking world. As students progress through the course sequence, they are encouraged to pursue their own intellectual interests with increasing complexity and independence.
The Spanish Program offers the following types of courses, all of them conducted in Spanish:
|Course Type||Course Number||Maximum Students|
Designed to achieve mastery of the Spanish language and become conversant with Hispanic cultural history.
Introduces the methods and scope of the discipline, and provides in-depth grammar review in comparative perspective.
Prerequisite: Spanish 204 or placement.
|Introduction to Hispanic Studies
Survey Hispanic cultural history from the 1200s to the present, while fostering familiarity with major currents of literary and artistic production.
Prerequisite: Spanish 205 or placement.
|Topics in Hispanic Cultures
Provide an understanding of cultural developments and debates in specific regions of the Spanish-speaking world.
Prerequisite: Spanish 209 or 210.
|Topics in Hispanic Literature and Cultural Studies
Deepen the study of specific aspects of the cultural production from the Spanish-speaking world with particular emphasis on literary or film analysis, often directly linked to the instructor’s research work.
Prerequisites: Spanish 209 and 210.
|Independent Study and Honors
Available to advanced students who wish to work more closely on a particular topic on which they have conducted research.
Prerequisites: Application and project proposal approved by the Department, and at least one Spanish course above 309.
The Romance Languages Major
Students who are interested in studying two Romance languages at Bowdoin (French, Italian and Spanish) may elect to pursue the Romance Languages major.
Students who elect Spanish as one of their languages complete 9 courses in two languages above 204 with the following requirements:
- Spanish 209 and 210 [or the equivalent in study abroad]
- French 207 or 208 [or the equivalent in study abroad] If combining Spanish with French
- French 209, 210 or 211 [or the equivalent in study abroad] If combining Spanish with French
- Italian 205 and 208 [or the equivalent in study abroad] if combining Spanish with Italian
- 3 courses at the 300 level in either language [1 upper-level literature course may be approved from study abroad] At least two 300-level courses must be taken at Bowdoin. 3 courses at the 300 level in either or both languages. If one of the languages is Italian, at least one of the 300-level courses must be in Italian.
- Up to 4 credits toward the major for a year of study away and up to 3 credits may be earned through a semester of study away