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The DMP will give you the opportunity to:
- Matriculate with priority in fourth-year seminars.
- Research a topic of interest in depth over the course of a year.
- Meet with a professor on an individual basis and receive guidance on advanced research techniques, critical thinking skills, and effective writing strategies.
- Share your ideas and enthusiasm with other exceptional undergraduates in Spanish in a monthly colloquium.
- Present your research results to faculty, graduate students, and DMPs in Spanish at the end of your fourth year.
For more information, please consult the pages below.
Spanish Majors possessing a GPA close to a 3.4 are eligible, but GPA alone will not bring automatic admission. Interest, dedication and past record will be taken into account. The last semester of the fourth year, a 3.4 cumulative GPA in all courses is an unconditional requirement in order to graduate with any level distinction.
When to Apply
Students should begin planning for a DMP application at the end of the first semester of the third year, as the deadline is Feb 12, 2021 for 2022 graduates. Please read all material on this page carefully before soliciting advice from a perspective thesis advisor. Admission will be granted by the DMP Coordinator.
How to Apply
Students must fill out an application form plus secure a written recommendation from a departmental faculty member, and present both to the DMP Coordinator. Application deadline for 2022 graduates: Friday, February 12, 2021. To download the Distintinguished Majors Program application, please click here (PDF document).
Distinguished Major Program students must take at least nine (9) hours of undergraduate seminars in Spanish. A seminar is defined as a student-centered course (i.e., more discussion than lecture) with 25 or fewer students and with a total writing requirement of at least 3,000 words. Please consult the DMP Coordinator to find out which courses qualify.
With the approval of the DMP Coordinator, students may substitute a master’s level linguistics or literature course or a 4000/5000-level culture and civilization course for one of these seminars. These seminars and courses will be included in the 30 credits for the Spanish major.
At the end of the second semester of their third year, students will select a thesis topic in coordination with the member of the faculty who will become their thesis advisor. (Students who are studying abroad in the spring semester of the third year should select their thesis topic before the end of the summer before their fourth year.)
In the first semester of their fourth year, students will take Span 4980, “Distinguished Majors Colloquium,” for three credits [credit/no credit], meeting periodically with the DMP Coordinator and other DMPs to develop research strategies and goals. It is expected that significant work on the thesis will be completed in this semester. During their final semester, students will take Span 4989, “Distinguished Major in Spanish Thesis,” for three credits [grade option] and complete work on their thesis. DMPs will present their research at a departmental colloquium in the spring of their final year.
Theses will be read by the thesis director, a second reader, and the DMP Coordinator, who together will decide on levels of distinction. Details about the format of the final project should be discussed with the DMP Coordinator. A bound copy of the thesis will remain on file in the department’s Del Greco Library.
Levels of Distinction
A departmental committee determines different levels of distinction -- Distinction, High Distinction, and Highest Distinction -- based on the quality of the student’s thesis, the student’s overall work in the major field of study, and the student’s overall college record. Please note that the minimum GPA is a 3.4.
The departmental recommendation for Distinction, High Distinction, and Highest Distinction will be based on:
- The quality of the student’s thesis.
- The student’s overall work in the DMP.
- The student’s overall work in the major field of study.
- The student’s overall college record (minimum GPA of 3.4).
For more information, please contact the DMP Coordinator.
Wyatt Family Summer Fellowship for Distinguished Majors in Spanish
This award provides support up to $4,000 for Distinguished Majors in Spanish to conduct research in a Spanish-speaking country during the summer between their third and fourth years. The funds may be used for field research, archival research, interviews, museum study, or other activities related to the student’s proposed thesis topic. Please note travel funding is contingent upon the release of any pandemic related restrictions.
Past DMP Projects (2006-present)
Distinguished Majors in Spanish 2006-2017