The department consists of two divisions: French and Italian Studies and Spanish and Portuguese Studies. The divisions offer programs designed to develop competence in the reading, speaking, and writing of the languages and in the study of the literatures and cultures.
The Division of French and Italian Studies offers the following programs of study:
Bachelor of Arts
Suggested First- and Second-Year College Courses: Community college students should take as many lower-division language courses as possible before transferring to the UW.
Department Admission Requirements
Students in good academic standing may declare this major at any time.
French: 60 credits beyond FRENCH 203, to include FRENCH 301; FRENCH 302; FRENCH 303; three of the following four survey courses: FRENCH 304, FRENCH 305, FRENCH 306, FRENCH 307; and FRENCH 376 or FRENCH 378. 15 credits in 400-level courses and 10 additional credits above FRENCH 203, excluding FRENCH 207, FRENCH227, FRENCH 234, FRENCH 237, FRENCH 297, FRENCH 299, FRENCH 327, and FRENCH 337. Transfer credits at the 400 level are accepted only by petition to the Faculty Studies Committee. A minimum 2.00 cumulative GPA is required for courses applied toward the major.
Italian: 60 credits in courses at the 300 and 400 levels, including ITAL 301, ITAL 302, ITAL 303; two from ITAL 341, ITAL 342, ITAL 343, ITAL 351, ITAL 352; ITAL 401 (or ITAL 470); ITAL 402 (or ITAL 403); and ITAL 404 (or ITAL 405); 20 additional credits in literature/culture/film courses at the 300 or 400 level, with at least 10 of these credits at the 400 level. Prerequisite for all 300-level courses is ITAL 203 or approved equivalent. A minimum 2.0 grade is required in any course applied toward the major.
Minor Requirements: French - 30 credits beyond FRENCH 203, including FRENCH 301; FRENCH 302; FRENCH 303; one of the following four survey courses: FRENCH 304, FRENCH 305, FRENCH 306, FRENCH 307; FRENCH 376 or FRENCH 378. Five (5) elective credits above FRENCH 203, excluding FRENCH 207, FRENCH 227, FRENCH 234, FRENCH 237, FRENCH 297, FRENCH 299, FRENCH 327, and FRENCH 337. Up to 10 credits taken abroad may be counted toward the minor. A minimum 2.00 cumulative GPA is required for courses applied toward the minor.
Minor Requirements: Italian - 30 credits as follows: ITAL 301, ITAL 302, ITAL 303, or ITAL 334 (15 credits); two-5 credit courses chosen from ITAL 341, ITAL 342, ITAL 343, ITAL 351, ITAL 352, ITAL 353; 5 elective credits beyond ITAL 203 (excluding ITAL 227, ITAL 234, ITAL 327, ITAL 334). N more than one course offered in English may be counted toward the minor. Up to 10 credits taken abroad may be applied toward the minor with adviser approval. A minimum 2.00 cumulative GPA is required for courses applied toward the minor.
Student Outcomes and Opportunities
Of Special Note: The department sponsors study-abroad programs in France and Italy. See adviser for details.
The educational philosophy of Spanish and Portuguese studies is that knowledge and understanding of other cultures is fundamental in an increasingly global world, and that competence in the languages of those cultures is an indispensable gateway to them. Spanish studies provides students with the four basic language skills (listening, speaking, reading, and writing) in increasing levels of sophistication so that they may read and analyze works of literature written in Spanish as well as understand complex cultural structures and artifacts from Spain, Latin America, and the Latino populations of the United States. The UW offers beginning and intermediate Portuguese and all levels of Spanish.
The Division of Spanish and Portuguese Studies offers the following programs of study:
Bachelor of Arts
Suggested First- and Second-Year College Courses: SPAN 101, SPAN 102, SPAN 103, or SPAN 121, SPAN 122, SPAN 123, or SPAN 134; SPAN 201, SPAN 202 (or SPAN 210), SPAN 203. Spanish, Latin American, and Chicano literature. Courses related to history and culture. Courses in English literature and comparative literature
Department Admission Requirements
58 credits beyond SPAN 203 as follows:
Minor Requirements: Minimum 27 credits above SPAN 203 level to include the following:
Student Outcomes and Opportunities
Of Special Note: 100- and 200-level Spanish courses do not count toward major/minor requirements.
Graduate Program Coordinator
The Division of French and Italian Studies offers programs of graduate study leading to the degrees of Master of Arts in French or Italian and Doctor of Philosophy in French. Students who wish to complete their doctoral studies in Italian may do so through the Department of Comparative Literature.
Master of Arts in French Studies
Applicants for a Master of Arts in French should present an undergraduate major or its equivalent in French literature and culture. Preparation should be equivalent to the requirements for the Bachelor of Arts degree in French at the University of Washington. All applicants must prove proficiency in the speaking and writing of the French language.
Before their enrollment in French Studies, all incoming MA students must complete a list of period and critical readings.
55 credits, as follows:
A total of 45 applicable credits (400-level and above) are required in course work, and an additional 10 credits in French 600 are given for exam preparation. 15 credits of the coursework must be taken at the 500 level (courses limited to graduate students). 5 coursework credits are given for the required pedagogy methods seminar for first-time TAs. In order to remain in good standing the student must maintain a cumulative grade-point average of 3.60. The minimum acceptable grade for any given course is 2.7.
Students must fulfill four of the department's seven period distributions. In addition, they must take one class in the History of Criticism / Critical Theory rubric.
Students are encouraged to take courses (up to 15 credits) in disciplines other than their major field of study. These credits must be approved by the Graduate Program Coordinator at the time of registration. Credits in such supporting or related fields are allowed only for courses numbered 400 or above.
The MA examinations (written and oral) are to be taken in the sixth quarter of study.
Master of Arts in Italian Studies
Applicants for a Master of Arts in Italian should present an undergraduate major or its equivalent in Italian literature and culture. Preparation should be equivalent to the requirements for the Bachelor of Arts degree in Italian at the University of Washington. All applicants must prove proficiency in the speaking and writing of Italian language.
A total of 50 applicable credits (400-level and above) are required in coursework, 30 of which must be taken at the 500 level (courses limited to graduate students). An additional 10 credits in ITAL 600 is required for exam preparation. To remain in good standing the student must maintain a cumulative grade-point average of 3.60. The minimum acceptable grade for any given course is 2.7.
Students are encouraged to take up to 10 credits in disciplines other than their major field of study. Credits in such supporting or related fields are allowed only for courses numbered 400 or above.
MA candidates must pass a foreign language reading ability examination in a language other than the major or their native language. Students stipulate their choice at the time of first enrollment, after consultation with the Graduate Adviser.
The Graduate Program Coordinator, in consultation with the student and appropriate faculty members, appoints a committee of three Italian and Italian adjunct faculty members. The supervisory committee should be formed no later than the first week of the quarter prior to the examination.
The MA examinations (written and oral) are to be taken in the final quarter of study.
Doctor of Philosophy in French Studies
Applicants for the doctorate in French studies are normally required to present the MA degree in French or to demonstrate its equivalent for admission into the PhD program. Students with a background in comparative literature or with a specialization in French within another national literature and language program are admitted to the PhD program on a case-by-case basis. All incoming doctoral students must have demonstrable, broad knowledge in French literature and culture as well as a general background in critical theory (i.e. course work in critical theory and/or course work that incorporates a strong component of critical theory).
77 credits (beyond the 45 required for the French Studies' MA), of which 25 should be taken in applicable 500-level courses (graduate seminars both inside and outside the division) and 27 as dissertation credits (FRENCH 800). The other 25 credits of 400-level and above courses should be chosen in collaboration with the Graduate Program Coordinator. 10 of these credits can be 600-level independent studies. Doctoral students work closely with the Graduate Program Coordinator in the selection of graduate seminars within French studies and of courses outside French studies that correspond to the students' cross-disciplinary interests. The doctoral coursework should normally be completed in six full-time academic quarters, after which the doctoral student advances to PhD candidate status and completes the minimum 27 hours of dissertation credits. Upon completion of the requisite course credits and the other departmental requirements, the student proceeds, with the approval of the doctoral Supervisory Committee, to the written general examinations and then to the oral general examinations.
The department awards annually a number of teaching assistantships. Research assistantships are available on a limited and competitive basis. The assistant normally participates in teaching three classes during the academic year. Each class is limited to approximately 25 students and meets five hours a week for the 10 weeks of the quarter.
Graduate Program Adviser
The Division of Spanish and Portuguese Studies offers a program of graduate study leading to the Master of Arts degree.
The Master of Arts degree program in Hispanic Literary and Cultural Studies was reformed and updated in 2001 to foster study of Hispanic culture, literature, and language together. The program calls attention to the rich diversity of Hispanic cultural texts and to their interdisciplinary study while also promoting broad understanding of Spanish and Latin American literature. The program gives careful attention to acquainting students with the traditions of scholarship in the field as well as a range of current textual theory, criticism, and research methods.
Study of Portuguese and other Romance literatures and cultures, comparative literature, Romance and Spanish linguistics, and other related disciplines may be included in the master's degree program. The degree is earned normally in six academic quarters.
Students who wish to pursue advanced study in Spanish and Portuguese in a post-master's degree program may do so by entering the doctoral studies programs in Hispanic Studies of Comparative Literature or other departments of the University.
Master of Arts
The department awards annually a number of teaching assistantships. The assistant normally participates in teaching three classes during the academic year. Each class is limited to approximately 25 students and meets five hours a week for the ten weeks of the quarter.
Applicants whose native language is not English must demonstrate English proficiency in one of the ways described in the Graduate School's Memorandum 15 to be considered for a TA position. For more information see: www.grad.washington.edu/policies/memoranda/memo08.shtml; www.grad.washington.edu/policies/memoranda/memo15.shtml.
French and Italian
Spanish and Portuguese