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Spanish and Portuguese Degrees

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 is dynamic, professionally active, and committed to excellence in scholarship and teaching. Currently the program has approximately 200 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. We offer flexibility in the choice of fields, which are defined both by traditional geographical and chronological parameters, and by thematic 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 Spanish language, literature, and cultures. Our faculty is dynamic, professionally active, and committed to excellence in scholarship and teaching. While the major emphasis of teaching and research is literature, the department also offers courses in literary theory, cultural studies, Portuguese language, and Brazilian literature. Our Department offers flexibility in the choice of fields, which are defined both by traditional geographical and chronological parameters, and by thematic topics. Our students represent a very diverse group, and we encourage equally applicants from traditional and non-traditional backgrounds. To see a video about graduate studies in the department, click here.

Admission to our graduate program is competitive. We value, but do not require, an undergraduate major in Spanish. Our minimum admissions requirements stipulate completion of 15 semester credit hours of literature courses in Spanish at the survey level or above. We are looking for applicants with outstanding academic records, regardless of undergraduate major. If you are applying, make sure that you submit a completed application with all required supporting documents. It is your responsibility to make sure all required information has been received and that it is correct and current.

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The School of Languages & Cultures serves as a gateway to understanding the diversity of the world, through learning languages, literatures, and cultures, past and present. Through its research and teaching, the SLLC offers students opportunities for deep engagement with a wide range of languages, literatures, and cultures that provide the knowledge and skills to interact with and understand the world. The faculty and students who teach, research, and learn in the SLLC consider issues of diversity fundamental to all of our work. The study of others' languages, literatures, and cultures enables us to develop deep empathy and perspective informs the way that we approach issues before us, whether on a personal, local, regional, national, or global scale. Therefore take it as axiomatic that the SLLC stands for a campus that is committed to the meaningful sharing, contemplation, and discussion of ideas that emerge from multiple cultural perspectives and experiences. We continually rededicate ourselves to the principle of diversity. We strive to create an atmosphere where all students and faculty feel comfortable and welcome to express their views as well as work together to solve conflict. Further, we view our mission as a center of diversity on a flagship campus as requiring us to lead by example.

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