Students earning a major in Spanish or Portuguese with a minimum g.p.a. of 3.50 in the major and an overall minimum g.p.a. of 3.33 have the opportunity to graduate with honors in the major. Students must request honors designation for one course they take for the major (3 s.h.), in consultation with the department honors advisor.

To graduate with honors in Spanish, students must register for SPAN:4998 - Honors Research and Thesis in Spanish. To complete the course successfully, students must submit an honors thesis they have written in Spanish and must present it orally to a faculty committee in a meeting conducted in Spanish.

To graduate with honors in Portuguese, students must register for PORT:4999 - Honors Research and Thesis in Portuguese plus 3 s.h. in a course chosen in consultation with the department honors advisor. Both courses (6 s.h.) count toward the total 33 s.h. required for the major in Portuguese. Students also must write an honors thesis and present it orally to a committee of three faculty members.

Interested students should contact their Honors advisor by the beginning of the first semester of their senior year at the latest. For more information, contact:

  • Becky Gonzalez, Spanish

University of Iowa Honors Program

In addition to honors in the major, students may pursue honors study and activities through membership in the University of Iowa Honors Program. University honors students must maintain a 3.33 g.p.a., complete 12 s.h. of coursework designated as honors courses, and complete 12 s.h. of an experiential learning project. Visit Honors at Iowa to learn about the University's honors program.

NOTE: Membership in the UI Honors Program is not required to earn honors in the Spanish and Portuguese majors.