The Department of Spanish and Portuguese Studies endeavors to achieve excellence in research, teaching and public service related to the languages, literature, and cultures of the areas and countries where Spanish and Portuguese are spoken. The courses offered by the Department in language, linguistics, literature, film, civilization, and cultural studies enrich such related fields as Anthropology, Art History, Business, Health Sciences, History, International Relations, Journalism, Law, Linguistics, Music, Political Science, Sociology, and other languages and literature.
The Department offers a B.A. in Spanish and in Portuguese, an M.A. in Spanish, and a Ph.D. in Romance Languages and Literatures with a concentration in Spanish. We also offer courses in Catalan at the beginning level on a regular basis. At the graduate level, students choose between specializations in Hispanic Linguistics or in the Peninsular or Spanish-American literature (with some graduate courses in Brazilian literature available as well).