Major in Hispanic Studies

Students may declare a major at W&M after completion of 39 credit hours. To declare a Hispanic Studies concentration (major), you should download a Declaration of Major Form and request a meeting with the Hispanic Studies professor you would like to serve as your advisor. Prior to your advising meeting, complete the first page of the major form. Your professor will assist you in completing the rest of the form and sign off on your academic plan of study. You will then turn in the completed copy to the Office of the Registrar, Blow Hall.

Many Hispanic Studies concentrators declare two majors, often combining their Spanish language skills and their research background in the area of Hispanic literary and cultural studies with a second major in the sciences, social sciences, business, education, or international relations. Such combinations prove to be particularly useful for our students - well-trained in linguistic proficiency and cultural competency - who are interested in careers related to global markets, public service in either government-sponsored or NGO programs, the fine arts, teaching and research, law, and medical and health-related fields.

General curricular requirements for Hispanic Studies are listed below:

"In accordance with College policies, at least 15 credits of the Hispanic Studies major must be taken at the College (i.e. not abroad). Please keep this requirement in mind as you make plans to study abroad."  Thirty-three semester credits are required for the concentration. These credits are distributed as follows:

  • 3 credits of Introduction to Hispanic Studies, HISP 280 or HISP 281.
  • 15 credits of Hispanic Studies "core" courses above the 281 level.
  • 6 credits of Hispanic Studies 400-level research courses, taken on campus (excluding 498 Internship).
  • Practicum (applies to concentrators who declared a Hispanic Studies major before October 2016): fulfilled through a specific course with a field experience in HISP 386, 399, 498, OR through an alternative mentored field experience (HISP 400) selected after consultation with an advisor.

    Elective Credits:  Up to 9 of the credits may include, if the student desires, the following courses:
  • Either HISP 150 or HISP 208 (must be completed before the end of the sophomore year).
  • Approved study abroad courses taught in Spanish at the 300 and 400-levels, in disciplines covering topics related to the Spanish-speaking world.
  • Upper-division courses taught in interdisciplinary programs by Hispanic Studies faculty, on topics related to the Spanish-speaking world.
  • Hispanic Studies 498 Internship.

    Major Writing and Computing Requirements:
  • Any Hispanic Studies 400-level research course, taken on campus (excluding 498 Internship).