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Spanish and Portuguese

Basic Structure of the Department

  • The department teaches both Spanish and Portuguese languages and literatures.
  • The department meets two different needs: 1) language instruction and fulfilling the College's Language Requirement, and 2) a humanities curriculum in Spanish and Portuguese focused on literatures, cultures, theater, film, and the arts.
  • The Spanish majors are:
    • Major in Hispanic Studies
    • Major in Romance Studies (includes two of the four principal Romance languages - Spanish, Portuguese, French, and Italian - one as primary, the other as secondary)
    • Modified Major in Hispanic Studies
    • Modified Major in Lusophone Studies
  • The minors are:
    • Minor in Hispanic Studies
    • Minor in Lusophone Studies
  • Note that there is no Portuguese major.

Courses for the Student with Little or No Background Who Wants to Explore Spanish and Portuguese

  • SPAN 1: Beginning Spanish
  • PORT 1: Intensive Portuguese I
  • Students should begin with the course indicated by their placement results from high school language study, AP scores, and/or the online Spanish placement test offered by the department.

Foreign Study Programs

  • Deadline for ALL programs taking place in 2014-2015 is February 1, 2014.
  • The Portuguese LSA+ goes to Salvador (Bahia), Brazil every summer, and the FSP goes to Rio de Janeiro, Brazil in alternating winter terms starting winter 2015 (check with the department).  A student can participate in either the LSA+ or an FSP.  The prerequisite for the LSA+ is PORT 3 or equivalent preparation.  Prerequisites for the FSP are PORT 9 and PORT 20.
  • There are a number of different programs for Spanish.  The department sponsors an LSA in Barcelona, Spain (winter, and spring), an LSA in Buenos Aires, Argentina (winter and spring), an LSA+ in Cuzco, Peru (fall – check with the department) and an LSA+ in Santander, Spain (summer).  The Spanish FSP goes to Madrid, Spain in the fall and to Buenos Aires, Argentina in the spring.  These are competitive. Prerequisite for the Barcelona and Buenos Aires LSA programs is a minimum grade of B- in SPAN 2 (or equivalent high school preparation).  Prerequisite for the Santander, Spain and Cuzco, Peru LSA+ is Spanish 9 or equivalent preparation.  Prerequisite for the Buenos Aires and Madrid FSP is one of SPAN 30, 31 or 32.
  • A student wanting to go on an LSA should plan on taking SPAN 2 no earlier than two terms before the scheduled LSA.  A student who has placed into SPAN 3 and wants to go on the Spanish LSA should not take SPAN 3 on campus. Such students will need to participate in a mandatory drill session the term prior to the scheduled LSA.

Fulfilling the Language Requirement

  • SPAN 1-2-3. This takes three terms, can be begun at any term except summer.
  • PORT 1-3.  This takes two terms, winter and spring, or in alternating years PORT 1 on campus in spring and PORT 3 on LSA Brazil in the summer.  There is no PORT 2, so a student must begin the sequence with PORT 1.

Portuguese: Important Considerations

  • A student can fulfill the College Language Requirement with Portuguese in two terms either on campus winter/spring or participating in the LSA in the summer.
  • All courses in Portuguese literature both at Dartmouth and abroad are taught in Portuguese, not English.
  • Students interested in Portuguese are encouraged to consult Rodolfo Franconi ( .
  • A student whose native language or heritage language is Portuguese and wants to formally study Portuguese may be required to take a Portuguese departmental placement test prior to enrolling in upper-level courses.

Spanish: Explanation of Sequencing

  • SPAN 1-2-3 is the course sequence that satisfies the Language Requirement.  A student can complete the language requirement with SPAN 3 on an LSA.
  • A typical sequence is to satisfy the language requirement, then take SPAN 9 or 20, followed by SPAN 30, 31 or 32.
  • Following a 30-level course, students may attend an FSP, or take any Spanish literature courses numbered 40 and above.


Current Enrollments, Class Size, and Distributives


The Spanish and Portuguese home page

Last Updated: 9/6/13