Honours in Spanish and Latin American Studies

‘Honours’ is an intensive year-long program of advanced study with research at its centre. The Honours year enables students to engage with the subject of their major in depth by undertaking research of their own, under the supervision of an expert in the their field. For some students, Honours is the culmination of their formal education while for other students, Honours is the first step on the path to careers as professional researchers and academics. Many staff in the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences find Honours teaching the most rewarding part of their job.

Entry Requirements

If you commenced your degree prior to 2018:

Admission to honours requires a Major in Spanish and Latin American Studies with an average of 70 percent or above.

If you commenced your degree in 2018:

Admission to Honours is via the Bachelor of Advanced Studies and requires the completion of a major in Spanish and Latin American Studies with an average of 70 percent or above. You will need to ensure you have completed all other requirements of the Bachelor of Advanced Studies, including Open Learning Environment (OLE) units and a second major, prior to commencing Honours.

All students may qualify for the honours year, regardless of the language level at which they commenced.

Students whose bachelor's degree was undertaken at another university, or students who completed their bachelor's degrees at the University of Sydney more than two years ago should contact the Honours Coordinator to discuss whether the classes they have taken are equivalent to these prerequisites.

Program Structure and Assessment

The Honours program in Spanish and Latin American Studies consists of:

  1. A thesis written under the supervision of one or more members of academic staff
  2. Two seminars, one per semester, each of which meets for two hours per week.

The thesis should be of 18000-20000 words in length and is worth 60% of the final Honours mark. Each seminar requires 6000 words of written work and is worth 20% .


Students should consult with the Honours Coordinator regarding seminar offerings in the current year.

Thesis Supervision

In the first instance, students should contact the Honours Coordinator to discuss their preferred field of Honours study. The Chair of the Department will then be able to suggest the most appropriate member of staff within the department to supervise the Thesis. The list below, whilst not exhaustive, gives an idea of the areas of interest of staff from the Department.

  • Dr Luis Fernando Angosto Ferrández: areas of supervision include Indigenous Peoples and the State in Latin America (social movements, statecraft) *Ethnicity and Race (notions, constructions and uses of ethnic and racial identities) *Multiculturalism and Plurinationality (politics of recognition, politics of redistribution and citizenship) *Political Agency (individual and collective stratagems, elections, social change) *Ethnographic and Participatory Research Methods
  • Dr Vek Lewis: areas of supervision include Latin American literature and film *Queer, gender and trans studies *Post-revolutionary, modern and contemporary Mexico and Cuba *Debates in Latin American cultural studies *Revolution and resistance movements in Latin America * Visual and musical cultures.
  • Dr Fernanda Peñaloza: areas of supervision include *Migration and Latin American identities *19th to 20th Century Latin American processes of cultural production, circulation and consumption *Narrative constructions of models of modernity and identity *Interrelations between fiction, colonial discourse, travel writing, aesthetics and anthropology.
  • Dr Anne Walsh: areas of supervision include *the narratives of Spain (fiction and film), particularly post-Spanish Civil War and late twentieth/early twenty-first *translation studies.


In the first instance you should discuss your intention to apply for Honours with the Honours Coordinator.

Enrolments are completed online. Go to the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences Honours webpage for further information on Honours and on the online enrolment application procedure.


The Honours Coordinator can answer any queries relating to the Honours program.