Major & minor questions
- How do I declare a minor or major in Spanish or Portuguese?
To declare a minor, simply fill out the minor declaration form available here on our website. To declare a major, you need to schedule an appointment with the Spanish and Portuguese advisor, Natalie Techentin. You can do this by making an appointment on the Student Appointment Scheduler and search for Techentin. If you are declaring a major in Portuguese, you should also contact the director of the Portuguese program, Luciana Namorato.
- What sources of information are available to me about the undergraduate program in Spanish and Portuguese?
You can find complete details about major/minor requirements here on our website, as well as course offerings for current and upcoming semesters. The course offerings page also contains links to other resources, including the Spanish and Portuguese pages in the Bulletin of the College of Arts and Sciences, a comprehensive source of information about the program.
The College Bulletin contains program policies and requirements, as well as descriptions for all courses regularly offered by the department. If you are a major or minor, you should definitely review the Bulletin pages carefully in order to familiarize yourself with the guidelines of the undergraduate program.
- I’m a native speaker of Spanish or Portuguese and am interested in doing a major or minor in the department. What course should I take?
Native Portuguese speakers should contact the director of the Portuguese program. Native Spanish speakers should contact the director of undergraduate studies. Call 812-855-8612 to schedule these appointments.
Many of our majors and minors are native speakers, but their particular experiences with the language are often quite varied. For example, you may have grown up speaking Spanish or Portuguese at home but never had the opportunity to study or write in the language. Or you may have grown up attending school in the language and therefore have a relatively advanced written and reading level. The DUGS and the Portuguese director can discuss your situation with you in order to determine which course you should start with.
- What grade is considered passing in Spanish and Portuguese major/minor courses?
Students working on a minor or major (which starts at S250 for Spanish and P200 for Portuguese), must complete all course work with a C- or better in order for the course to count toward the minor or major requirements.
- How can I make sure that my study abroad courses will be approved for my major or minor?
Many courses taken on IU-sponsored programs are already approved, but as new courses become available on these programs, they require departmental review, and that review can only take place when students sign up for them.
In addition, most non-IU program courses will also require departmental approval before you can apply them to your major or minor. Whether you are going on an IU-sponsored or non-IU program, you must set up a pre-departure appointment with the advisor to discuss the courses you plan to take. Our Study Abroad information page lists the procedures you should follow in order to obtain departmental approval for the courses you plan to take while abroad. They include the following four steps (see detail at the link under the section “If You Are Going Abroad”):
- Set up a pre-departure appointment with the department academic advisor, Natalie Techentin. You can do this by making an appointment on the Student Appointment Scheduler (search for Techentin).
- Obtain pre-approvals for your courses.
- Stay in touch with the advisor by email while abroad regarding any course registration changes.
- Submit all course materials (syllabus, notes, quizzes, exams, papers, and so on) to the advisor upon your return.
It is important that you read through the details of these procedures very carefully in order to ensure that your study abroad credits are approved by the department.