Independent Research

The Spanish, Latino/a and Latin American Studies department encourages students to undertake independent research and experience the discipline and rewards of preparing an honors thesis. Independent work and the honors thesis are fundamentally related, because an independent course in the fall of the senior year has the potential of leading to an honors thesis in the spring semester.

Before proposing an independent study, the student should have already done some advanced work at the 300 level in the language she chooses to write in. She must have an excellent command of the language and the necessary skills and training to communicate clearly and effectively. Any student who decides to pursue an independent research should have a genuine interest in a well-defined subject and should be willing and be able to work to an agreed upon timetable with faculty supervision.

The independent research provides students with the opportunity of expanding their horizons in literature, culture, history, film, etc. while concentrating on a specific topic. The honors thesis is a true test of intellectual curiosity, originality, and critical thinking. Students and faculty involved in the independent/honors process should be familiar with the College’s “Guidelines for honors Program and Honors Thesis”, which the Dean of Studies Office updates annually.


Anderson, Kelsey. La Traduccion de Emocion: Llegando a una Equivalencia. 2011, 156 pp.

Christiansen. Anya Jette. Global Capitalism, Nation-States and Migration: Immigration Policy and New Nativism in the United States, Mexican Migrant Community and Identity Across Borders. 2001, 130 pp.

Devon van Dijk, Charlene. Expropriating the Jíbaro: Community Education in Puerto Rico. 2007, 202 pp.

Hernandez-Vogt, Persephone. Locas atrevidas en la literatura española de los Siglos de Oro. 2013, 91 pp.

Olson, Kimberly Sue. Sanctuary: A History of Faith and Conviction.1987, 108 pp.

Petri, Kendall Joyce. Mexico under Miguel de la Madrid: Challenges and Responses. 1987, 114 pp.

Ricketts, Rachel N. Medical Pluralism and Choice in Several Rural Communities of Oaxaca, Mexico. 1993, 96 pp.

Sarkar, Shamoni. Ceaseless Languages: José Lezama Lima's Paradiso as a Challenge to the Bildungsroman.