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The Faculty of the Department of Spanish and Portuguese is committed to excellence in teaching and mentoring, along with the production of new knowledge that is the hallmark of a strong department. We are known for our focus on intersections between language, literature, culture, and politics, our community engagement, and our MA track in Hispanic Applied Linguistics. We bridge several intellectual fields across Spain and Spanish America and between North, Central and South America, the Caribbean, and Brazil, as we rethink the specificity of our cultures.

The Department has been the home of major Latin American and Spanish literary figures, to include Juan Ramón Jiménez, who taught at the University between 1943 and 1951 and who, after being nominated by the Department, received the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1956. His legacy, as well as that of cultural critic Ángel Rama, award-winning poet José Emilio Pacheco, and Professor Emerita Graciela Palau de Nemes, among others, continues to shape our thought, vision, and mission.

We invite you to explore our site for information on undergraduate and graduate programs in the languages, literatures, and cultures of Latin America, Spain, and Portugal, as well as opportunities for learning beyond the classroom.


Ginette Alomar Eldredge, a PhD student in Spanish and Portuguese, will research lovesickness in medieval Spanish texts
On March 12, Cameron Torreon, was awarded the 2015 Rangel Fellowship
SPAP Study Abroad Program this Winter 2015 was a complete success


Theatre Courtyard, Clarice Smith Center for the Performing Arts
Friday, September 11, 2015 - 11:00 AM to Wednesday, September 16, 2015 - 2:00 PM
St. Mary's Multipurpose Room
Friday, September 25, 2015 - 9:30 AM to Saturday, September 26, 2015 - 7:00 PM