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Major Requirements

Requirements for each major are listed below. We urge students to consult their advisors regularly, both to create balanced programs and avoid mistakes in course selection.

FrenchItalianSpanish, or Romance Languages

All courses for the major must be taught in the target language and address the target cultureReadings in courses taken for the major must be in the target language.  Internship credits (always taken Pass/No Pass) DO NOT apply toward major or minor requirements.

French

Forty-eight graded credits in French (passed with grades of C- or better) are required beyond second-year French, distributed as follows:

 48 credits
Culture et langage: la France contemporaine (FR 301)   4
Culture et langage: Le Monde francophone contemporain (FR 302*/303)   4
Adv. Writing in FR (FR 416) OR FR-ENG Translation (FR 425**)   4
French Surveys (FR 312, 317, 318, 319) or equivalent (NB:students who have taken FR 303 will NOT receive credit for FR 312)  12
12 credits of French Literature, Film, or Translation numbered 330 or above (IN RESIDENCE on the Eugene campus), at least 8 credits of which must be at the 400 level; RL 407 okay if course work is completed in the target language.  12
12 credits of French electives (e.g. courses in literature, linguistics, film, grammar, culture) must be upper division, taught in French, and address the culture(s) of the French-speaking world  12

*FR 302 is a new course and may be used toward electives if student has already taken FR 303
**FR 425 may not be used to satisfy more than one requirement

Italian

Forty-eight graded credits in Italian (passed with grades of C- or better) are required beyond second-year Italian, distributed as follows:

48 credits
Cultura e lingua: L’Italia contemporanea (ITAL 301)
4
Cultura e lingua: società, economia, politica (ITAL 303)
4
Oral Skills (ITAL 307), two terms OR Other 300-level language course
4
Italian Survey (ITAL 317, 318, 319) or equivalent
12
12 credits of Italian Literature beyond the survey courses (IN RESIDENCE on the Eugene campus), at least 8 credits of which must be at the 400 level; RL 407 okay if course work is completed in the target language (NB: ITAL 341 does not count toward the major)
12
12 credits of Italian Electives:
(e.g. courses in literature, linguistics, film, grammar, culture) must be upper division, taught in Italian, and address the culture(s) of the Italian-speaking world
12

Spanish

The Spanish Major in Romance Languages: Two Concentrations

Proficiency in Spanish and knowledge of the cultures where Spanish is used can enhance study and career opportunities in a number of fields—in particular, education, business and social services. Students with a second major in another discipline (e.g., art history, business administration, economics, family and human services, history, international studies, journalism, music, political science, human physiology, etc.) find positions in communications media, government or foreign service, local and international business and law, libraries, social service organizations, medical fields, as well as travel and tourist-related agencies, among others.

As of fall 2015, students have two options for organizing their study of the Spanish language and its associated cultures: concentrations in Literature and Culture or Language and Society.

Spanish Major: 
Literature and Culture

Spanish Major:
Language and Society

The concentration in Literature and Culture offers humanities-focused classes that expose students to the depth and breadth of the cultures of the Spanish-speaking world. This course of study engages students through the study of literature, film, visual arts, and other media from a variety of historical periods, and allows them to develop high-level skills in critical thinking and written and oral expression in Spanish.

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The Language and Society concentration exposes students to the historical and social contexts of cultures in which Spanish is an important vehicle of communication. Classes teach students to look at language through an interdisciplinary lens, using methodologies from both the social sciences and humanities. Knowledge of the linguistic structure of the language and its historical and social varieties will give students insights into the social characteristics of communities where Spanish is used.

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The graphic below provides a summary of the two concentrations side by side. Note that some courses are required in both concentrations. (Click on the links above for more specialized info about each concentration.)

In general, the courses in one concentration can serve as electives in the other. In either case, the major requires 48 credits of upper-division, graded course work, passed with a C- or higher. Internship credits, normally taken Pass/No Pass, do not satisfy major requirements.

Literature/Culture
Concentration
Language and Society Concentration
Lengua
y cultura 
(8 credits)

Any 2 from 301, 303, 305

(308 counts as elective only)

308 required

any one form 301, 303, 305

Advanced
writing 
(4 credits)
311 (Advanced Writing) or 312 (Spanish in the Media; for
Heritage students only); students cannot receive credit for both 311 and 312

Surveys

(12 credits)

341, 342, 343, 344 (any three) 320, 322, 324

Expertise

(12 credits)

Taught in-residence on the Eugene campus (8 credits must be 407 or
higher)

3 courses in literature, film, or translation in Spanish:

348 or above (1 course)

407 or 436 and above (2 courses)

3 courses in Spanish linguistics or translation from:
348, 420, 424, 425, 428, 448

Electives

(12 credits)

 

Upper-division courses (literature, film, linguistics),
taught in Spanish, that address the cultures of the Spanish-speaking
world
Experiential learning Academic experience that involves using the Spanish
language outside the classroom:

  • SPAN 199 immersion in Global Scholars Hall
  • at least one term of study abroad, Participatory Learning
    Experience (PLE),
  • field work component of an existing class.
  • MUST INVOLVE AT LEAST 30 HOURS OF WORK PER TERM.

Study abroad can be an important part of either concentration. Visit the RL website for information on study abroad, and consult your advisor for how to apply credits from abroad to your program. Read more

 

Romance Languages

Forty-eight graded credits in two Romance languages (passed with grades of C- or better) are required beyond the second-year language sequence, distributed as follows:

*NOTE: Romance languages majors must complete a minimum of 12 credits in literature, film, translation, or linguistics courses IN RESIDENCE on the Eugene campus.  At least 8 credits of these 12 must be in courses numbered 407 or higher.

First Romance Language
32 credits
Language courses
12
Literature survey sequence (three from FR 312, 317, 318, 319 or ITAL 317, 318, 319 or three from SPAN 316 or 341, 317 or 342, 318 or 343, 319 or 344)
12
Additional literature, film, translation, or linguistics courses taught in the target language
8
Second Romance Language
16 credits
Language courses
8
Literature, film, translation, or linguistics courses taught in the target language
8

Drop-In Advising for declaration of a Major can be done in the RL Advising Office 213 Friendly Hall
Contact: 346-0955 / rladvise@uoregon.edu

Director of Undergraduate Studies
Karen McPherson
224 Friendly Hall
541-346-4048
ksmcpher@uoregon.edu



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