Research and Individual Study

The department is pleased to offer students opportunities to work one-on-one with faculty through individual studies and directed research, also known as Contract Courses. Students must have advanced junior standing and at least a 3.0 GPA in the major, or must have senior standing.


DEPARTMENT CONTRACT COURSES
Portuguese 197: Individual Studies in Portuguese

2-4 units

Tutorial, to be arranged. Individual intensive study, with scheduled meetings to be arranged between faculty member and student. Assigned reading and tangible evidence of mastery of subject matter required. Eight units of courses 197 and/or 199 may be applied toward major requirements. May be repeated for maximum of 8 units. Individual contract required. P/NP or letter grading.

Portuguese 198A: Senior Honors Research in Portuguese I

4 units

Tutorial, to be arranged. Preparation: completion of minimum of six upper division major core courses with 3.7 grade-point average. Course 198A is enforced requisite to 198B. Limited to juniors/seniors. Development and completion of honors thesis under direct supervision of faculty member. May not be applied toward major requirements. Individual contract required. Letter grading.

Portuguese 198B: Senior Honors Research in Portuguese II

2 units

Tutorial, to be arranged. Preparation: completion of minimum of six upper division major core courses with 3.7 grade-point average. Enforced requisite: course 198A. Limited to juniors/seniors. Development and completion of honors thesis under direct supervision of faculty member. May not be applied toward major requirements. Individual contract required. Letter grading.

Portuguese 199: Directed Research in Portuguese

2-4 units

Tutorial, to be arranged. Requisite: course 27. Limited to juniors/seniors. Supervised individual research under guidance of faculty mentor. Culminating paper required. Eight units of courses 197 and/or 199 may be applied toward major requirements. May be repeated for credit. Individual contract required. P/NP or letter grading.

Spanish 195: Community Internships in Spanish

4 units

Tutorial, one hour; fieldwork, 10 hours. Requisite: course 25 or 27. Limited to juniors/seniors. Internship in supervised setting in community agency or business. Students meet on regular basis with instructor and provide journal of their experience. Final research paper required. May be repeated for credit. Individual contract with supervising faculty member required. P/NP or letter grading.

Spanish 197: Individual Studies in Spanish

2-4 units

Tutorial, to be arranged. Limited to juniors/seniors. Individual intensive study, with scheduled meetings to be arranged between faculty member and student. Assigned reading and tangible evidence of mastery of subject matter required. Eight units of courses 197 and/or 199 may be applied toward major requirements. May be repeated for maximum of 8 units. Individual contract required. P/NP or letter grading.

Spanish 198A: Senior Honors Research in Spanish I

4 units

Tutorial, to be arranged. Preparation: completion of minimum of six upper division major core courses with 3.7 grade-point average. Course 198A is enforced requisite to 198B. Limited to juniors/seniors. Development and completion of honors thesis under direct supervision of faculty member. May not be applied toward major requirements. Individual contract required. Letter grading.

Spanish 198B: Senior Honors Research in Spanish II

2 units

Tutorial, to be arranged. Preparation: completion of minimum of six upper division major core courses with 3.7 grade-point average. Enforced requisite: course 198A. Limited to juniors/seniors. Development and completion of honors thesis under direct supervision of faculty member. May not be applied toward major requirements. Individual contract required. Letter grading.

Spanish 199: Directed Research in Spanish

2-4 units

Tutorial, to be arranged. Requisite: course 25. Limited to juniors/seniors. Supervised individual research under guidance of faculty mentor. Culminating paper required. Eight units of courses 197 and/or 199 may be applied toward major requirements. May be repeated for credit. Individual contract required. P/NP or letter grading.


HOW TO GET STARTED

Students who are interested in completing a contract course should:

  1. Identify the faculty member you would like to work with. The department’s faculty and their research areas can be found here. Please note that each faculty member is only allowed 7 contract courses per quarter.
  2. Ask the faculty member if they are available to serve as your mentor for a contract course. You can email them or approach them during their office hours to discuss the possibility and your research interests.
  3. Discuss the specific subject matter or research you will be focusing on, readings they can assign you, and the tangible evidence (i.e. paper) that you will be submitting to them. This information will help you when creating the contract. Also, decide how often you will meet throughout the quarter.
  4. Create the contract course through MyUCLA.

HOW TO ENROLL IN A CONTRACT COURSE
  1. Log in to MyUCLA
  2. Select “Classes” and then select “Contract Courses” which will be found under “Classes and Exams”
  3. Choose the option to “Submit a New Contract”
  4. Read through the instructions and begin to create the contract. You will select the term, the course, the instructor, grading basis, and the number of units (if option is available). Please note that contract courses that you would like to count towards your major must be taken for a letter grade and for 4 units. (Spanish 198A/B and Portuguese 198A/B cannot count towards major requirements).
  5. Fill in the boxes shown with the appropriate information requested. (It is best to have discussed this information with faculty mentor prior to creating the contract).
  6. Once completed, submit and print a copy of the contract.
  7. Ask your faculty mentor to sign and submit signed contract to undergraduate advisor in Rolfe 5314. The deadline to submit contracts to undergraduate advisor is Friday of second week of the quarter at noon.