Program Requirements for Minor in Romance Languages and Literatures

Students who elect the minor program must meet with the appropriate RLL undergraduate adviser before the end of Spring Quarter of their third year to declare their intention to complete the minor. Students choose courses in consultation with the undergraduate adviser of their language program. Students must submit to the departmental office an approval form (see below) for the minor program signed by the appropriate RLLT undergraduate adviser. Students must then submit a copy of the signed approval form to their College adviser by the deadline on the form.

The RLL minor requires a total of six courses beyond the second-year language sequence (20100-20300 in French, Italian, or Spanish; 20100-20200 in Portuguese). One course must be an advanced language course (above 20300 in French, Italian, or Spanish; above 20200 in Portuguese). The balance must consist of five literature and culture courses, including at least two in the survey sequence for Portuguese or Spanish, or at least one introductory-level course in French. In French, at least one of the courses (at any level) must include pre-nineteenth-century material. In Italian, one of the six courses must be ITAL 23410, an introductory gateway course designed to facilitate the transition between language courses and upper level electives. As such, students are strongly encouraged to take this gateway course before beginning upper level coursework. The four remaining courses in the minor will be upper level courses in or related to Italian. Most will be Italian Literature & Culture courses, but up to two may be Italian Studies courses, which are largely interdisciplinary courses taught by affiliated faculty. The minor in Catalan requires a total of six courses beyond the first-year language sequence (10100-10300; or 12200). One course must be an intermediate-advanced language course (12300 or equivalent). The balance must consist of five literature and culture courses, including at least one introductory-level course (21500 or 21900).

Courses in the minor (1) may not be double counted with the student's major(s) or with other minors and (2) may not be counted toward general education requirements. Courses in the minor must be taken for a quality grade, and more than half of the requirements for the minor must be met by registering for courses bearing University of Chicago course numbers.

Summary of Requirements

The following groups of courses would comprise a minor in the languages indicated. Other programs may be designed in consultation with the appropriate undergraduate adviser. Minor program requirements are subject to revision.

Catalan

  • 1:  intermediate-advanced Catalan language course
  • 1 or 2: CATA 21600, 21900
  • 3 or 4:  additional literature courses taught in Catalan with substantial course work and discussions held in Catalan

    6 courses total

French

  • 1:  FREN 20500
  • 5:  literature and culture courses taught in French or including an assessed component in French (including at least 1 introductory course, and at least 1 including pre-nineteenth-century material)

    6 courses total

Italian

  • ITAL 20400 (corso di perfezionamento)
  • Gateway course (ITAL 23410)
  • 4 upper level Italian courses (Up to 2 may be interdisciplinary Italian Studies courses.)
  • BA paper (only if the student wishes to qualify for honors)

    6 courses total

Portuguese

  • 1:  PORT 21500
  • 2 or 3:  PORT 20700, 21703, 21803, 27100
  • 2 or 3:  literature and culture courses taught in Portuguese (or including an assessed component in Portuguese) and/or history discussion sessions held in Portuguese (or including an assessed component in Portuguese)

    6 courses total

Spanish

  • 1:  SPAN 20400, 20402, 20500, 20601, or 20602
  • 2 or 3:  SPAN 21703, 21803, 21903, 22003
  • 2 or 3:  literature and culture courses taught in Spanish

    6 courses total

RLL Minor Summary

RLL Minor Form (download and open with Adobe Reader to complete electronically)