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Hispanic Studies Awards

AWARDS CRITERIA AND CONSIDERATIONS

Portuguese

Outstanding Portuguese Student Award

Criteria:

  • Portuguese GPA
  • Outstanding performance in PORT classes (participation, enhancement, personal contribution, presence)
  • Other classes related to Brazil
  • Overall GPA
  • Participation in extra curricular activities offered by the program at the College of Charleston
  • Study abroad (experience in any Portuguese-speaking country)
  • Leadership (e.g., active Portuguese Club officer)
  • Volunteer services (related to the Portuguese language or any cultural activity of a Portuguese-speaking country)

Spanish

Spanish majors who are graduating in May and December of the same academic year will be considered for the awards in Spanish. Awardees have demonstrated exemplary intellectual achievement and, in addition, distinction in some combination of the following: record of service to the department, the School, the entire campus, and/or the community; exemplary performance and leadership; global perspective and/or showing outstanding potential for graduate studies and career success.

Most Accomplished Spanish Major
This award goes to a student who is "best all around" in the Department of Hispanic Studies.

Criteria:

  • Spanish graduating major
  • 3.500 minimum cumulative GPA
  • 3.800 minimum GPA in Spanish
  • Exceptional achievement in extracurricular activities assessed by the extent of service to the Department, the School, the campus and/or the language community. Contributions that are not paid and for which no credit is awarded will be given more weight.

Additional Considerations:

  • Highest number of 400-level courses completed in Spanish (i.e. already reflected in the GPA). Note: Students must have completed at least ONE 400-level course in Spanish at CofC to be considered
  • Highest number of majors and minors
  • Enrolled in at least one Spanish language course the semester they graduate.

Outstanding Spanish Major  
This award goes to one student. In the case of a GPA tie, the additional considerations finalize the choice.

Criteria:

  • Spanish graduating major
  • 3.500 minimum cumulative GPA
  • Highest GPA in Spanish

Additional Considerations:

  • Highest number of required 400-level courses completed in Spanish (i.e. already reflected in the GPA)
  • Enrolled in at least one Spanish language course the semester they graduate
  • Highest number of 400-level courses taken in Spanish beyond the requirements and grades in these
  • Highest number of Spanish courses in the major taken with CofC faculty members, and grades in these (vs. transferred courses and courses taken on independent study abroad programs)
  • Highest number of honors courses included in the cumulative GPA

Departmental Honors
This award may be granted to more than one student.  If no graduating majors in a given year have written a bachelor's essay, this award is bypassed.

Criteria:

  • Spanish graduating major
  • 3.500 minimum GPA in Spanish
  • Minimum of 12 hours of exceptionally fine work in a bachelor's essay (6 hours) plus any combination of seminar, independent study or tutorial.

Distinguished Spanish Majors
This award goes to those students who have distinguished themselves as Spanish majors.

Criteria:

  • Spanish graduating major
  • 3.500 minimum cumulative GPA
  • 3.800 minimum GPA in Spanish

Additional Considerations:

  • Some service to the Department, the School, the campus and/or the language community
  • Enrolled in at least one Spanish language course the semester they graduate
  • In the top 10% of the graduating Spanish majors for the year (December + May graduates) in terms of GPA in Spanish.  This may be considered if the number of qualifying students is large enough that the impact of the award is diminished, in the opinion of the commitee.

School of Languages, Cultures and World Affairs Awards

Graeser Award

Established by the Alumni Association in 1954 in honor of the late Clarence A. Graeser, Professor of Modern Languages at the College of Charleston, this annual award recognizes one outstanding, graduating French, German or Spanish major as chosen by a committee representing the corresponding language departments.

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