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Spanish (JH)

B.A. ; 4 years full-time ; 41 places ; CAO points: 445-509 (2018)

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  • Spanish and Modern LanguageClosing Date: 30/JUN/2019
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    Telephone Number

    +353 1 896 1257


    +353 1 896 3496

    spanish@tcd.ie

    Website

    http://www.tcd.ie/Hispanic_Studies/undergraduate/index.php

    Why study Spanish?

    Spain, currently one of Europe’s leading industrial nations, was in the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries the foremost Western power, and Spanish is the native language of over five hundred million people. In those countries – more than twenty – in which it is officially spoken, it is second only to English. Spanish is an exciting and growing area of study, having become the second language in the United States, an official language in the European Union, the African Union, and the United Nations, and the second most important language on the Internet.

    Spanish: The course for you?

    The Department will help you to discover or deepen your interest in the Spanish-speaking world, giving you multiple opportunities to choose from a wide variety of courses across the centuries and genres, while helping you to develop your independence as a confident and critical thinker.

    Spanish @ Trinity

    Whether a beginner or non-beginner in Spanish, you will very quickly come to feel a valued member of a Department with a rich experience that goes back to 1776, having attracted some of the most distinguished names in Hispanism as teachers, with access to libraries which are among the very best in Ireland and the UK. You will be learning in a Department dedicated to innovative and small-group teaching, with a friendly, committed, and supportive ethos, aided throughout your studies by a wide variety of guest speakers on contemporary topics of interest. Our external examiners consistently comment on the very high levels of linguistic and research skills attained by Hispanic Studies students, and you will always have the assurance that you have chosen a four-year degree that will set you on a professional or academic path as a highly qualified specialist in a field of ever-increasing international importance.

    Graduate skills and career opportunities

    A degree in Spanish opens up many career opportunities in education, journalism, the diplomatic service, business administration, banking, publishing, interpreting, translation, advertising, public relations, digital communication, and the visual media generally, with recent graduates opening up careers in Google, Oracle, Telefónica, Ryanair, Central Bank of Ireland, Gerson Lerhman Group, Third World Organizations, and the European Union.

    A substantial proportion of students engage in further study, particularly masters’ courses. Many opportunities exist in several universities, both in the UK and in Ireland, with Trinity’s M.Phil. in Literary Translation and Comparative Literature proving popular. A number of undergraduates have also chosen to pursue M.Litt. and PhD research degrees.

    Your degree and what you'll study

    At entry, Spanish must be combined with one other subject. In later years, you will be able to select additional subjects and electives and will have the option to graduate with Spanish as a Single Honours degree, a Joint Honours degree with another subject, or a Major with a Minor.

    Spanish at Trinity is taught by a variety of methods to equip you with a comprehensive range of skills in the accurate, fluent and sensitive understanding, reading, as well as use of the spoken and written language. If you are a beginner, the language teaching (five hours weekly) offers a realistic opportunity for you to reach the same standard within a year as those who have studied Spanish previously.

    The department aims to develop the skill of textual analysis through close and careful reading, together with the organization and expression of ideas in verbal and written form, and the deepening of analytical and critical skills.

    FIRST AND SECOND YEARS

    The primary focus of the first and second years is to establish and consolidate your competence in understanding and using the Spanish language. In first year, beginner level students will attend five hours of language; non-beginners will have four hours. You will attend one hour of literature and one hour on contemporary Spain. In second year, you will attend three hours of language classes and four hours of literature per week.

    In the first two years, the course covers three main areas:

    • Language: grammar and syntax, text analysis, translation, and practice in speaking and listening.
    • Contemporary Spain: an introduction to history, socio-political issues, cinema, art, and current affairs.
    • Literature: close study of a varied range of modern Spanish and Spanish-American literary texts.

    THIRD AND FOURTH YEARS

    You will continue with language tuition, taking classes in writing, text analysis, translation, and spoken Spanish; and in grammar, syntax, and vocabulary. Following on from second year, you will take one-semester courses in the Literature of the Spanish Renaissance, Modern Spain and Spanish America, together with Spanish Linguistics. The format is one lecture and one tutorial per week. Students are encouraged to give oral presentations on the texts followed.

    In fourth year, you will work more independently and with significant freedom of choice. As well as studying Spanish language, Theory and Practice of Translation, the Spain of the Three Cultures, and Medieval Spanish Literature, you will choose other modules from a range of special topics, which include Contemporary and Golden Age Spanish Literature, Spanish History and Cultural Politics and Linguistics.

    CAPSTONE

    In your final year of study, you will undertake a Capstone project - an independent research project which comprises an in-depth investigation of a specific area of scholarship. The Capstone project is a catalyst to enable you to reflect on your learning from the programme as a whole and to demonstrate your ability to think independently, communicate effectively, develop continuously and act responsibly as you transition to the world of work or to postgraduate studies.

    ASSESSMENT

    At all levels, you will be assessed by a combination of continuous assessment and exams. We use a mix of traditional and innovative continuous assessment methods – essays, project work, presentations, book reviews and dossiers, podcast creation. Language modules are traditionally assessed by written, oral and aural examinations. Final year students also write a Capstone project.

    Study abroad

    A year or semester studying abroad is one of the highlights of a student’s Trinity experience, and immersing oneself in the language and culture is also one of the most valuable ways of achieving fluency when you are studying a language. Single Honours students have a compulsory third year of study abroad and other students are encouraged to spend a year or a semester in their third year in one of our partner universities. At a minimum, you will be required to spend two months in a Spanish-speaking country prior to taking your final exams. We currently have exchange agreements with Granada, León, Salamanca, Sevilla, Oviedo, and Barcelona universities.

    Aoife Kelly (2017-2018), Student

    “My experience as a member of the Department of Hispanic Studies for four years has been exceedingly positive, providing me with an invaluable skillset that is a solid basis for any career path. Studying a diverse range of modules in literature, history, and linguistics in small groups with dedicated teachers allowed me to research a specialised topic for my dissertation in final year. Being able to communicate in Spanish is a huge asset that offers me international opportunities, and I have thoroughly enjoyed this demanding yet rewarding course.”

    Course Details

    Award

    B.A.

    CAO Points Required

    445-509 (2018)

    Number of Places

    41

    Minimum entry points required are 445-509 (2018)
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    Admission Requirements

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    Leaving Certificate

    H4

    in a language other than English

    Advanced GCE (A Level):

    Grade C

    in a language other than English
     

    Apply

    To apply to this course, click on the relevant Apply Link below

    EU Applicants

    Read the information about how to apply, then apply directly to CAO.

    Mature Student – Supplementary Application Form

    Read the information about how to apply as a mature student then select the link below to complete the TCD Supplementary Application Form for mature students.

    Non-EU Applicants

  • Spanish and Modern LanguageClosing Date: 30/JUN/2019
  • Get In Touch

    Telephone Number

    +353 1 896 1257


    +353 1 896 3496

    spanish@tcd.ie

    Website

    http://www.tcd.ie/Hispanic_Studies/undergraduate/index.php