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The Honors Program in Hispanic Studies is a degree that allows students to specialize in the discipline. Honors students are very motivated and have a strong interest in continuing their education in Hispanic Studies at the graduate level. The Honours Program in Hispanic Studies at McGill University is highly competitive and our graduates are frequently accepted with financial aid in graduate programs at top ranked universities. Students who pursue an Honors or Joint Honors degree in Hispanic Studies must maintain a minimum program GPA of 3.3 (B+) and a CGPA of 3.0 (B). This is also a condition for acceptance in the program.

To be awarded Honors in Hispanic Studies students need to complete 60 cr. in courses taken in Hispanic Studies or approved by it. Spanish Intermediate (6 cr.) is the only language course that can be counted as part of this program. Hispanic Civilization 1 (HISP-225) and Hispanic Civilization 2 (HISP-226) are not part of this program. Students must complete 12 credits in Surveys of Literature (HISP-241, HISP-242, HISP-243, and HISP-244). In addition to that, students must take at least 6 cr. in pre-1700 literature (chosen from Viceregal America HISP-437, Golden Age: Renaissance HISP-458, and Golden Age: Baroque HISP-460). In addition to those 6 cr. all Honors students must take Cervantes (HISP-451D 6 cr.) and, during their final year at McGill, are required to write an Honors essay of about 25 to 30 pages under the supervision of a faculty member (HISP-490, 6 cr.); for Honors Thesis regulations please follow the link (Honours Thesis [.pdf]). The remaining credits must be taken in literature courses taught in Spanish at the 300 level or above.

For the Joint Honors program (Hispanic Studies component) students must complete 36 credits in courses taken in Hispanic Studies or approved by it. No language courses can be counted as part of this program. Hispanic Civilization 1 (HISP-225) and Hispanic Civilization (HISP-226) are not part of this program. To be awarded Joint Honors students must complete 2 surveys of literature (to choose from HISP-241, HISP-242, HISP-243, or HISP-244). In addition to that, students must take at least 6 cr. in pre-1700 literature (to choose from Viceregal America HISP-437, Golden Age: Renaissance HISP-458, and Golden Age: Baroque HISP-460). All Joint Honor students must take Cervantes (HISP-451D 6 cr.) and, during their final year at McGill, are required to write an Honors essay of about 25 to 30 pages under the supervision of a faculty member (HISP-490, 6 cr.). Take into account that students are not allowed to submit the same or a similar Honors Essay to satisfy the requirement of the two programs of their Joint Honors degree. The Honors Essay in Hispanic Studies must be an original essay not previously submitted to satisfy the requirements of any other course. For Honors Thesis regulations please follow the link (Honours Thesis [.pdf]). The remaining credits for the Joint Honors degree may be selected from courses given in Spanish in Hispanic Studies above the intermediate Spanish language level (HISP219 or HISP220D1/HISP220D2).

The Hispanic Studies component of a Joint Honors degree can be meaningfully combined with some of the following programs depending on your academic and professional interests:

a) a Joint Honors program in other Languages and Literatures, such as English, French, Italian, German, Russian, etc. (an option that increases your chances to work or continue graduate studies in literature, comparative literature and translation)

b) a Joint Honors program in social sciences such as History, Anthropology, Sociology, Cultural Studies, Political Science, etc. (particularly if you would like your future work or research to be oriented towards a Spanish-speaking country or region)

c) a Joint Honors program in interdisciplinary programs such as International Development Studies, Latin American Studies, etc. (Especially if you are interested in working for policy making institutions or NGO's related to Latin America, a Major in Hispanic Studies will allow you to complement your current policy and social oriented seminars with courses that offer a rich perspective on the cultural evolution and development of the region.)