The Spanish and Portuguese Honors Programs offer outstanding students the option to engage in independent research, reading, and writing in Spanish or Portuguese during their junior and/or senior years of undergraduate study. The Honors Programs provide highly motivated students an opportunity to hone their critical, analytical, and organizational skills while further consolidating their Spanish or Portuguese competency. Students will receive tutorial instruction and conduct independent research on an aspect of Luso/Hispanic literatures, cultures, or linguistics, culminating in the writing of a 30-50-page honors thesis. The Director of Undergraduate Studies solicits nominations from the faculty for the Honors Program and then screens and interviews the nominees in order to admit into the program those who are most likely to succeed. Qualified students are, however, also strongly encouraged to apply directly to the program by contacting the Director of Undergraduate Studies or the Administrative Undergraduate Secretary.