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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

National Hispanic Heritage Month: September 15 to October 15

National Hispanic Heritage Month

The Department of Spanish & Portuguese is excited to announce several events in celebration of National Hispanic Heritage Month (September 15 - October 15)!
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Language Practice Tables

Our language practice tables have begun for the Fall 2023 semester! All are invited to practice conversing in Spanish and/or Portuguese with us.
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The Job Market in 2023

Each year, the Department of Spanish & Portuguese hosts a series of workshops discussing key insights for navigating today's job market. All graduate students, lecturers, and faculty are welcome!
Graduate Programs in the Department of Spanish & Portuguese

Graduate Program Open House

On Sept. 28 and 29, 2023, join us on Zoom for two informational meetings about our department's graduate programs.

Upcoming Events

By the Numbers

undergraduates majoring in Spanish
undergraduates seeking a Spanish minor
books and edited volumes published by current faculty

By the Numbers

faculty members dedicated to scholarship and teaching
study abroad programs in Argentina, Brazil, and Spain
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

KU Students studying abroad in Brazil

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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