Romance Studies

A program allowing students to study two or three Romance languages and literary traditions
Basic Requirements: 12 half-courses

  1. Required courses:

    1. A maximum of two advanced language half-courses (40-level or above in French and Spanish, excluding courses numbered 55, 30-level or above in Italian and Portuguese) in the Department of Romance Languages and Literatures. Concentrators must demonstrate advanced proficiency in at least two Romance languages. See advanced language proficiency requirement below. Concentrators who demonstrate advanced language proficiency on entering the concentration should take additional half-courses in literature in lieu of advanced half-courses in language.

    2. At least one Romance Studies course other than tutorials.

    3. At least seven half-courses in the Department of Romance Languages and Literatures in at least two Romance languages and at the 70 level or above. These seven courses must include one sophomore tutorial (course numbered 97, or equivalent) in any Romance language; at least two survey courses in at least two different Romance languages; at least two half-courses at the 100-level or above in at least two different Romance languages. At least one half-course in this category must treat literature before 1800.

    4. Two half-courses in related fields. These include courses in anthropology, classics, the Core Curriculum, the Program in General Education, English, government, history, history of art and architecture, linguistics, etc. One intermediate or advanced course in a Romance language or Latin may be counted as a related field. The undergraduate adviser in Romance Studies must approve all courses to be counted as related fields.

  2. Tutorial: Sophomore year. See item 1c above. May include any course numbered 97 (or equivalent) in any Romance language.

  3. Thesis: Required of honors candidates only.

  4. Other information:

    1. Pass/Fail: Courses taken for concentration credit may not be taken Pass/Fail.

    2. Language requirement: Concentrators must demonstrate advanced proficiency in two Romance languages. Advanced proficiency may be demonstrated by a perfect score (800) on the SAT or Harvard Placement Test, or by completion of one advanced language course with a grade of B+ or higher, or by passing an oral competency examination administered by the undergraduate adviser. Concentrators are expected to demonstrate advanced oral and written language proficiency by the end of the junior year.

    3. Joint Concentrations: Not permitted.

    4. Freshman Seminars: With the approval of the undergraduate adviser, up to one Freshman Seminar, for which the student has received a Satisfactory evaluation, may be counted in category 1c.

Romance Studies
Requirements for Honors Eligibility: 14 half-courses

Honors concentrators must take one term of Romance Studies 98: Junior Tutorial, or equivalent. This will count toward the requirement listed in item 1c of Basic Requirements .

In addition to the Basic Requirements , honors candidates are required to take two terms of Romance Studies 99 (graded SAT/UNS) and complete a thesis. A thesis proposal is made by the honors candidate and approved by the undergraduate adviser in Romance Studies in conjunction with other faculty members and members of the Tutorial Board in the spring term of the junior year.

Also, at the end of their senior year, normally during the Reading Period in May, all honors candidates must take a three-hour written examination, as well as an hour-long oral examination.