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Spanish Honors Program

Students on a study abroad trip

IMMERSE YOURSELF IN THE LANGUAGE — You’ll earn 18 credits of Spanish coursework in Valladolid when you study abroad through the IUP Valladolid program, which has been sending students to Spain for 50 years. You’ll live with Spanish families, absorb the culture, and strengthen your language skills.

Dive Deeper, Explore New Paths with Our Honors Program

The Honors Program in Spanish is designed to give especially talented majors in Spanish the chance to explore areas in their study which surpass what is normally studied in the major. In this program, you’ll acquire a greater depth of knowledge.

The Honors Program is particularly helpful for those students who intend to pursue graduate work in Spanish. Students who successfully complete the Spanish Honors Program will be formally recognized at the department graduation ceremony. The completion of the Honors Program in Spanish will be noted on your official transcript.

Admission Requirements

  1. Junior standing
  2. A minimum cumulative GPA of 3.25
  3. A minimum GPA in Spanish of 3.25 (or by permission)
  4. Two letters of reference from Spanish Department faculty members
  5. Two-page self-statement describing student’s academic and career goals

Program Requirements

The Honors Program in Spanish consists of:

  1. CHSS 489 Honors Colloquium — 3 Credits
  • Includes Comparative Cultures courses as offered by the Spanish Department, or any other CHSS 489 course approved by the department Honors Committee prior to the student taking the course.
  1. A 400-level honors section of an Hispanic Literature course (Span 410-431) — 3 Credits
  • Students will register for the regular literature course, but will be expected to complete honors-level extra tasks such as longer papers and presentations. Course will have the “H” designation. 
  1. SPAN 483 – Honors Thesis in Spanish — 6 Credits
  • Includes three credits of Reading List/Thesis Preparation course and three credits of Thesis Writing Course.
    • Students will register for this course number twice in two consecutive semesters (reading list first, then thesis).
    • Thesis must be written in Spanish.

Program Total: 12 Credits

Requirements for Graduation with Honors

  1. Completion of IUP graduation requirements
  2. Completion of the 12 credits required for the honors track, with a minimum grade of B in each honors course

Spanish Honors Program Application

  • Department of Foreign Languages
  • Sutton Hall, Room 455
    Indiana University of Pennsylvania
    Indiana, PA 15705
  • Phone: 724-357-2325
  • Fax: 724-357-1268
  • Office Hours
  • Monday through Friday
  • 8:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
  • 1:00 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.