MAJOR: IBERIAN AND LATIN AMERICAN LANGUAGE AND CULTURES
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Beginning in the fall 2014 and future semesters, students entering the department of Spanish and Portuguese will take coursework to fulfill this major: Iberian and Latin American Languages and Cultures. Students may take courses in Spanish or Portuguese or courses in both Spanish and Portuguese.

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.

Declare This Major

Undergraduates currently enrolled at UT who wish to declare an Iberian and Latin American Language and Cultures major must first meet with a Spanish and Portuguese advisor. There is no formal application process. For more information, visit the student affairs page on how to declare a major.

Prospective University of Texas at Austin students should visit to learn about the application process and how to declare a major.

Required Courses

Visit Iberian and Latin American Language and Cultures Degree Plans to view all courses required for the Iberian and Latin American Language and Cultures majors in the College of Liberal Arts.

Specializations

Iberian and Latin American Language and Cultures majors have the opportunity to study Portuguese language, literature and culture, or to study both Spanish and Portuguese.

Personality

Iberian and Latin American Language and Cultures majors have a passion for the Portuguese language, Latin American and Iberian regions, their related diaspora, and their Indigenous, African, and Afro-descendant cultures. They are language learners who seek to develop their skills beyond the fourth-semester proficiency foreign language requirement. These students desire a meaningful and thorough immersion in Portuguese grammar and writing, literature and culture. Many engage in a study abroad experience, especially the faculty-led programs.

Skills

The mission of the Department of Spanish and Portuguese is to educate and train students to develop new knowledge about the languages, literatures and cultures of the Latin American and Iberian regions, their related diaspora, and their Indigenous, African, and Afro-descendant cultures. Our students will acquire the competence to engage in critical discussions of major trends in their field of study, and to apply this knowledge in meaningful endeavors.