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Department of Spanish and Portuguese

Welcome! ¡Bienvenidos! Bem-vindos!

The Department of Spanish and Portuguese offers a full range of undergraduate and graduate courses. While the major emphasis of the Department is literature, we also offer courses in Spanish language, linguistics, and culture, as well as Portuguese language, Brazilian literature and cultural studies. We recognize the integral relationship between teaching and research, and all members of the faculty are both active scholars and dedicated teachers.

Department Spotlight

Graduate Association for the Department of Spanish & Portuguese

GRASP Conference 2024

The Graduate Association for the Department of Spanish and Portuguese at the University of Kansas is pleased to announce its Annual Graduate Conference to be held on Friday and Saturday April 26-27, 2024.
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Summer Courses Online

Earn credits online this summer! SPAN 104, 108, 212, and 216 all have online sections available for Summer 2024.
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Language Practice Tables

Practice speaking Spanish or Portuguese with us! Our language practice tables are back open for the Spring 2024 semester.

Upcoming Events

By the Numbers

100
undergraduates majoring in Spanish
300
undergraduates seeking a Spanish minor
40+
books and edited volumes published by current faculty

By the Numbers

15
faculty members dedicated to scholarship and teaching
5
study abroad programs in Argentina, Brazil, and Spain
3
in-house publications, Latin American Theater Review, LATR Books, and La corónica

Department Highlights

  • Fiske Guide to Colleges calls Spanish & Portuguese one of KU's strongest programs
  • Consistently ranked among the most distinguished graduate programs in Spanish by the National Research Council
  • 2007 Departmental Award for Exceptional Teaching and Learning from KU's Center for Teaching Excellence
  • 2012 Access to Language Education Focus Award from the Computer-Assisted Language Instruction Consortium (CALICO) for Acceso
  • Comprehensive undergraduate program in Spanish language, literature and culture, as well as Portuguese language and Brazilian literature and cultural studies
  • Comprehensive graduate program in Spanish language, literature and culture

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Portuguese and Brazilian Studies

The University of Kansas has had a long tradition of interdisciplinary research and teaching in the field of Brazilian studies. Classes in Brazilian history, geography, literature, cinema, and music populated KU curriculum even before Brazilian studies became such an avid area of academic interest and inquiry as it is now in the United States. KU students have consistently learned the Portuguese language and about Brazilian culture for decades. We currently offer graduate and undergraduate level courses on Brazil and with significant Brazil content through different KU departments and the university’s Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies.

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