The Spanish and Hispanic Studies Department offers two tracks that meet the Language component of the Perspectives on Diversity - Language Requirement: (1) SPAN 101 and 102, a yearlong beginning level program; and (2) SPAN 105, SuperSpanish, which completes the requirement in one semester. SPAN 201 may fulfill the Language component of the Perspectives on Diversity Requirement as it applies to particular student cases.
Because our upper-level courses are topic based, some may fulfill either the Domestic or International component of the Perspectives on Diversity Requirement. Other general education requirements may occasionally be fulfilled by courses offered by Spanish and Hispanic faculty. Students should consult the course offerings for up-to-date information about particular classes.
Majors design their courses according to personal interests and goals, and in consultation with Spanish and Hispanic Studies faculty and their individual major adviser.
Spanish and Hispanic Studies majors are required to complete a minimum of 32 hours at the 300-level or above including:
The design of the Major may include two courses taken outside of the Spanish and Hispanic Studies Department that complement a student's course of study.
Students choosing to minor in Spanish and Hispanic Studies are required to:
With few exceptions, minors also participate on a semester-long off-campus program in a Spanish-speaking country for which up to six credit hours are awarded toward the Minor.
It is essential for our students to be exposed to and educated about other peoples and cultures. On off-campus study, students learn not only in a classroom setting, but also through lived experiences. We offer both semester-long programs and the shorter, intensive May Term classes in a variety of Spanish-speaking parts of the world.
Semester Programs: During semester programs, students take a full range of classes, from history to art to language to politics, live with families, and engage in some type of internship or field study research. Our semester programs include:
May Terms: Following the Spring Semester (in May), students have the opportunity to participate in intensive May Term courses. Some courses are offered on-campus, but many require travel to on-site locations. A sample of recent off-campus May Term courses includes:
Earlham's Spanish and Hispanic Studies Department believes that education must be experiential and it must be socially responsive and responsible. To support those ideals, the College offers a variety of opportunities, both on- and off-campus.
Majors and minors may choose to participate with a faculty member in a collaborative student/faculty project, in which a small group of students and a professor work together to research a topic and present it to the community. Recent projects have included:
During semester and May Term off-campus programs, all students participate in a class-required hands-on project in the community in which they are living. Some of these recent field study or internship projects have included:
Education in Spanish and Hispanic Studies happens outside of the classroom as well. Students at Earlham may find several extracurricular activities that can augment their studies. Some may be scholarly in nature, such as a lecture by a well-known author or social activist. Others may be more spontaneous, such as a pick-up soccer game on a Saturday afternoon. Examples include: