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Spanish (JH)

B.A. Honors Bachelor Degree (NFQ Level 8) ; 4 years full-time ; 41 places ; CAO points: 445-509 (2018)

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Non-EU Applicants

  • Spanish and Modern Language
  • Get In Touch

    Telephone Number

    +353 1 896 1257


    +353 1 896 3496

    spanish@tcd.ie

    Website

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

    Course Fees

    Click here for a full list of undergraduate fees.

    Do you enjoy:

    • Learning about the similarities and differences between your country and Spain and Latin America?
    • Experiencing the fascinating and varied cultures of these countries, their history, literature, and cinema?
    • Adding to your modern language skills for social and career purposes?

    Why study Spanish?

    Spanish is the native language of over five hundred million people. It is second only to English in the number of countries in which it is officially spoken. Spanish is an exciting and growing area of study. It is the second language in the United States, an official language in the European Union, the African Union, and the United Nations.

    Spanish: The course for you?

    The Department will help you to discover or deepen your interest in the Spanish-speaking world, giving you the opportunity to study a variety of language, literature, and cultural courses, while helping you to develop your language skills and intellectual abilities.

    Spanish at 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. Our external examiners consistently comment on the very high levels of linguistic and research skills attained by Hispanic Studies students. You can be confident that this degree will provide a lifetime of personal and professional opportunities.

    Pathways

    The pathways available are Single Honors, Major with Minor and Joint Honors.

    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 visual media. Recent graduates have started careers in Google, Oracle, Telefónica, Ryanair, Central Bank of Ireland, Gerson Lerhman Group, NGOs, and the European Union. Many students have also pursued postgraduate degrees in Hispanic Studies and related fields.

    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 Honors degree, a Joint Honors degree, or a Major with a Minor.

    Spanish at Trinity is taught by a variety of methods to equip you with a comprehensive range of language skills. The Department offers intensive language teaching (five hours a week) for beginners.

    First and second years

    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 range of Spanish and Spanish-American literary texts.

    Third and fourth years

    You will continue with language study, taking classes in writing, text analysis, translation, and spoken Spanish. You will also be able to deepen your knowledge of Hispanic literatures and cultures.

    In fourth year, you will work more independently and with significant freedom of choice. As well as studying Spanish language, the 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, Linguistics. You will also have the opportunity to conduct independent research as part of your Capstone Project.

    Assessment

    At all levels, you will be assessed by a combination of exams and continuous assessment. Language modules are traditionally assessed by written and oral 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 yourself in the language and culture is also one of the most valuable ways of achieving fluency when you are studying a language. Single Honors 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. You will be required to spend two months in a Spanish-speaking country during the course of your studies. We currently have exchange agreements with the Universities of Granada, León, Salamanca, Seville, Oviedo, and Barcelona, among others.

    What our current students say

    Philip McGuinness

    “As part of the Department of Hispanic Studies at Trinity, I have benefited immensely from a leading programme of undergraduate study, deepening my knowledge of culture, history, literature and language. The Department offers an intimate, supportive academic environment and privileges small-group teaching and the close reading of texts. Moreover, through one-on-one consultation with academics, this course has allowed me the flexibility to develop my own research interests, as part of my final year dissertation. Spanish at Trinity, while both challenging and rewarding, offers essential critical skills and endless opportunities.”

    What our graduates say

    Aoife Kelly

    “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. Honors Bachelor Degree (NFQ Level 8)

    CAO Points Required

    445-509 (2018)

    Number of Places

    41

    Minimum entry points required are 445-509 (2018)
    More information on minimum entry points

    Admission Requirements

    For general admission requirements please click here

    Leaving Certificate

    H4

    in a language other than English

    Advanced GCE (A Level):

    Grade C

    in a language other than English
     

    Course Fees

    Click here for a full list of undergraduate fees.

    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 Language
  • Get In Touch

    Telephone Number

    +353 1 896 1257


    +353 1 896 3496

    spanish@tcd.ie

    Website

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