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The Department of Spanish and Portuguese at the University of Maryland, College Park, offers students the unique opportunity to engage with the diverse, complex, and globalized literatures, cultures, and linguistics of the Spanish and Portuguese-speaking world from the political capital and uniquely diverse cultural center of the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area. Our goal is to foster learning, develop critical perspectives, and promote intellectual growth in our students. We teach across interdisciplinary fields such as literature, film, popular and visual culture, theater, history, philosophy, critical theory, gender and queer studies, philology, and linguistics in different cultural and geographic contexts. We strive for the creation and discussion of new forms of knowledge and the effective engagement of our students and faculty with the world, preparing students to become promising professionals in their chosen careers.

The UMD Spanish and Portuguese Department offers B.A., M.A., and Ph.D. degrees in language and culture, B.A. and M.A. degrees in Hispanic Linguistics, undergraduate minors in Spanish and Portuguese, and courses specially designed for Heritage speakers. We are committed to deliver educational excellence to our students while not losing focus on the production of new knowledge that is the hallmark of topnotch departments.

The Department is renowned for its transdisciplinary strengths in Latin American and Lusophone literatures and cultures as well as its faculty research in the areas of the history of ideas, colonial and transatlantic discourses, Southern Cone literature, Judeo-Latin American literature, Mexican literature, transnational perspectives on 1968, contemporary reinscriptions of the 19th century, Brazilian cinema, Lusophone studies, Central American transnational cultures, U.S. Latinidades, Archipelagic poetics, salsa and sabor, and deconstructions of the Cuban Revolution.

Faculty members in the area of Spanish literature are recognized for their work in the history of the Spanish language and philology from the Middle Ages to the present, Medieval historiography and women’s narratives, Golden Age poetics, the traditions of Cervantes and Quevedo, revisions of the Enlightenment, 18th and 19th century gender and queer studies, the philosophical traditions of romanticism and realism, modern and postmodern narrative and poetics, as well as transnational and transatlantic representations of the Spanish Civil War and exile, particularly in Latin America.

The Department is also at the forefront of Spanish Applied Linguistics, language teaching pedagogy, language teacher education, language use and identity, social and political issues in foreign language teaching and learning, instructional technology, learner variables and learning disabilities, language for specific purposes, cross-cultural communication, and heritage language learning.

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