The Department of Spanish and Portuguese is devoted to the literatures, cultures, and languages of Spain, Portugal, and Latin America.
In addition to language and literature, we offer courses in related applications: Iberian Linguistics, Translation Studies, Feminist Studies, Medieval Studies, and Applied Linguistics. Our internationally-recognized faculty is diverse in its specializations -- from Latin American and European cultures and literatures, to new media studies and popular culture, to linguistics and language pedagogy.
Undergraduates studying Spanish and/or Portuguese focus first on proficiency in the four language skills: speaking, understanding, reading, and writing in Spanish and/or Portuguese. They go on to select language, literature, culture, or a combination of those fields. Many students combine a major in Spanish or Portuguese with a second major in another discipline in the humanities, the social sciences, or the natural sciences.
Qualified students may spend their junior year in Madrid, Barcelona, Granada, Mexico City, Costa Rica, Santiago de Chile, or Rio de Janeiro.