We are committed to deliver educational excellence to our students while not losing the focus on the production of new knowledge that is the hallmark of topnotch departments. Our strengths are 1) a diverse foci on the intersections between language, literature, culture and politics, 2) our community engagement initiatives, and 3) our signature Spanish Applied Linguistics program. We bridge several intellectual fields across Spain and Spanish America; between North, Central and South America, the Caribbean, and Brazil, in order to rethink the specificity of our cultures.
The Department of Spanish and Portuguese at the University of Maryland, College Park, has been the home of Latin American and Spanish literary major authors such as 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. The legacy of Juan Ramón Jiménez 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 the thought, vision, and mission of our Department. Following in this tradition of excellence and innovation, the Department offers comprehensive undergraduate and graduate programs in the languages, literatures, and cultures of Latin America, Spain, and Portugal.