To be considered for honors in Spanish, graduating seniors, in addition to meeting the College’s general requirements for honors, must do the following:

  • maintain a GPA of at least 3.7 in the major 

  • complete a two-semester Independent Study project in Spanish that results in a high caliber thesis (typically fall and spring of senior year)

  • defend their work in an oral examination before the Honors Committee

  • be a student in good standing at the College


Getting Started

Students considering an honors project should consult the College guidelines for independent studies before enrolling in Spanish 490.  These guidelines include:

  • Identifying a topic and an advisor 

  • Keeping in mind that your topic must relate to a particular professor’s area of expertise

  • Collaborating with your advisor on a clear set of expectations in terms of how often you meet (usually once a week) and your individual work schedule, including deadlines.

Students considering honors should also consult the College Catalog, where procedures and expectations for honors (e.g. the committee, the oral defense) are specified.

Once you have identified a topic and an advisor, you will develop a description of your project and a proposed bibliography, both of which must be submitted to the Registrar’s Office along with the Independent Study Application which can be downloaded here.