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 is 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.
If you are applying to our program, make sure that your completed application includes all the required supporting documents. It is your responsibility to make sure all information has been received, and that it is correct and current. To those interested in an MA or graduate certificate with an emphasis on Brazilian Studies, please check the graduate programs at the KU Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies.
Professor Jonathan Mayhew
Chair of Graduate Admissions