The Spanish major consists of 27 semester hours of upper division course work. Faculty in the Department of Spanish and Portuguese teach a broad spectrum of Literatures, Linguistics, and Cultures from Mexico, Central and South America, the Caribbean, Spain, and Spanish-speaking Africa.
Our diverse and interdisciplinary research and teaching interests extend far beyond the traditional fields of theoretical and applied linguistics, national literatures, and languages to embrace cultural studies, indigenous studies, bilingualism, gender and sexuality studies, Afro-diasporic cultures, trans-Atlantic studies, translation studies, intellectual history, popular culture, religion, prose fiction, film, media, drama, performance, and poetry.
The Department of Spanish and Portuguese is committed to fomenting a deep and complex understanding of the heterogenous cultures we research and teach, from their earliest inceptions on the Iberian Peninsula and in the Americas, to their most current linguistic and cultural manifestations in Europe, Africa, and the Americas. The value of this knowledge cannot be underestimated, particularly in light of phenomena ranging from the economic boom in Brazil, to the profound political and social changes in Ecuador, Bolivia, Chile, Spain, Guatemala, the Caribbean, and Mexico, to the rapidly growing percentage of U.S. citizens of Portuguese or Hispanic heritage in the United States, and especially in Texas.