Honors Programs

French - Italian - Russian - Spanish

 

French

The honors program in French is designed to promote opportunities for advanced work to highly motivated, mature undergraduate majors and prepare them to do independent work.

Students may apply for admission to the Honors Program after the beginning of the second semester of their sophomore year. To gain admission to the program students must have formally declared a major in French and have completed at least 12 credits toward their major, including A Fre 341 and 355. In addition, they must have an overall GPA of at least 3.25, and 3.50 in their major, both of which must be maintained in order to graduate with honors.

Students must complete a minimum of 40 credits, including a 4 credit Honors Thesis (AFRE 497), as well as the 36 credits normally required for the major. Of these 36 credits, 9 must be electives at the 400 level.

Italian

The honors program in Italian is designed to promote opportunities for advanced work to highly motivated, mature undergraduate majors and prepare them to do independent work.

Students may apply for admission to the Honors Program after the beginning of the second semester of their sophomore year. To gain admission to the program students must have formally declared a major in Italian and have completed at least 12 credits toward their major. In addition, they must have an overall GPA of at least 3.25, and 3.50 in their major, both of which must be maintained in order to graduate with honors.

Students must complete a minimum of 41 credits, including a 4 credit Honors Thesis (A Ita 499), as well as 34 credits normally required for the major, and a 400-level literature course in addition to those required for the major. Specific requirements are as follows: Italian core: (22 credits) A Ita 103L, 104L, 206, 207, 301Z, 311, and 421.

Fifteen additional credits must be at the 300 level or above, including 6 credits of literature courses at or above the 400 level. In addition, the student must write a thesis based on Italian literature or culture.

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Russian

The honors program in Russian is designed for outstanding Russian majors enrolled in either the general program (language, literature, or culture track) or the teacher education program.

Students may apply for admission to the honors program by submitting a letter of request to the program no later than April 15 of the sophomore year (for admission in the fall) or November 15 of the junior year (for admission in the spring). Junior transfers may apply for consideration at the time of their admission to the University.

The requirements for admission include:

  1. An overall grade point average of 3.30
  2. A point average of 3.60 in courses in Russian language and literature
  3. Written recommendations from at least three faculty members, one of whom should be from outside Slavic and Eurasian Studies.

Primary emphasis will be placed on indications of academic ability and maturity sufficient for applicants to pursue with distinction a program involving independent research and writing.

Students in the honors program are required to complete a minimum of 44-45 credits as follows:

  1. 36 credits as specified for the general program in Russian or 35 credits as specificied for the teacher education program in Russian
  2. 3 credits of A Rus 397 taken in the second semester of the junior year or in the first semester of the senior year, in the course of which an independent project leading to a research paper will be carried out under faculty supervision
  3. 3 credits of A Rus 397 taken during the senior year, in the course of which an independent research project resulting in an honors thesis will be carried out
  4. 3 credits of A Rus 495, Senior Honors Seminar.

In addition, students must satisfactorily complete a comprehensive examination administered before the end of the second semester of the senior year. Students in the program must maintain both a minimum grade point average of 3.30 overall and 3.60 in courses taken to satisfy major requirements during the junior and senior years.

Spanish

The honors program in Spanish is designed to promote opportunities for advanced work to highly motivated, mature undergraduate majors and prepare them to do independent work.

Students may apply for admission to the Honors Program after the beginning of the second semester of their sophomore year. To gain admission to the program students must have formally declared a major in Spanish and have completed at least 12 credits toward their major. In addition, they must have an overall GPA of at least 3.25, and 3.50 in their major, both of which must be maintained in order to graduate with honors.

Students must complete a minimum of 40 credits, including a 4 credit Honors Thesis (A Spn 499), as well as 36 credits normally required for the major. Specific requirements are as follows:
Spanish core: (18 credits) A Spn 205 or 206, 207, 223L, 301 or 301Z, 312, and 316.
Students who choose the Literature, Sequence are required to take at least three Literature courses at the 400 or 500 level, and they must write a thesis on a topic, dealing with literature.

Students who choose the Language and, Civilization Sequence must take at least one, civilization course at the 400 level, and, they must also write a thesis on a topic, dealing with Hispanic culture.

Students who choose the Linguistics, Sequence must take at least one 400-level, linguistics course in addition to A Spn 402, and they must write a thesis on a topic, dealing with linguistics.

Students who choose the Secondary, Education Sequence will be required to take, both A Spn 403 and 404, and they must either, write a thesis or they must complete a, research project dealing with education.

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