Are you interested in understanding the main differences between Spanish, Mexican, Caribbean, U.S. Latinx, Brazilian, and Argentine cultures? What does “Hispanic” mean? Why do people who speak Spanish use different words and have different accents? How were Spanish and Latin American nations formed? What was there before they formed? Do you want to master Spanish and Portuguese languages and cultures to become a doctor, nurse, or lawyer who serves Hispanic populations? Would you like to be a translator, a university professor, or a teacher who can share their expertise in Spanish and Portuguese languages and cultures? These are some of the questions that spur students to take classes in the Department of Spanish and Portuguese.
The Department of Spanish and Portuguese offers a comprehensive undergraduate program in Spanish language, literature, and culture, as well as Portuguese language and Brazilian literature and cultural studies minor. Our faculty, lecturers, and graduate teaching assistants are dynamic, professionally active, and committed to excellence in scholarship and teaching. Currently, the program has approximately 100 undergraduate majors. Advanced undergraduate courses in grammar, composition, conversation, literature and culture are offered every semester on campus, and in summer study abroad programs in Argentina, Spain, and Brazil. The Department also sponsors semester programs in Salamanca, Spain, and Buenos Aires, Argentina, with opportunities to complete requirements in the major or the minor. We offer flexibility in the choice of fields, which are defined both by traditional geographical and chronological parameters, and by topics. Our students represent a very diverse group, and we encourage equally applicants from traditional and non-traditional backgrounds.
The Department of Spanish and Portuguese offers a comprehensive graduate program in the literatures and cultures of the Spanish-speaking world, along with a rigorous training in language instruction. The major emphasis is literary and cultural studies, with a strong component in theory. Students also have the opportunity to study Portuguese and to explore Brazilian literature and culture.
Our Department offers flexibility in the choice of fields, as defined by genre, by geographical and chronological parameters, and by theoretical paradigms. Our faculty are dynamic, professionally active, and committed to excellence in scholarship and teaching. The wide range of research interests among the faculty ranges from print culture in early modern Spain to contemporary cultural identify among Dominicans in the US. The range of dissertations produced in the department recently is equally varied, with a strong presence of cultural studies and comparative approaches.
Our students represent a diverse group, and we encourage applicants from both the US and other nations. Admission to our graduate program is competitive. We are looking for applicants with outstanding academic records, regardless of undergraduate major. (An undergraduate major in Spanish is valued, but not required). Our minimum admissions requirements stipulate completion of 15 semester credit hours of literature courses in Spanish at the survey level or above.
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