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Welcome to the Department of Spanish and Portuguese at Miami University! We invite you to explore our website and browse our programs, activities and events. If you'd like more information, feel free to contact us.


In addition to forming strong oral and written communication skills in both Spanish and Portuguese, the department offers a rich undergraduate program that allows students to study the literature, language and cultures of the Hispanic/Latino and Lusophone worlds from a broad range of perspectives: film studies, gender studies, creative writing, history, and others. A variety of opportunities are available to students outside of the classroom as well, such as  faculty-led workshops in Latin America and Spain and service learning initiatives in the surrounding Hispanic communities. Whether in class, in one-on-one collaboration with the faculty, or in the larger community, our students develop the practical skills and cultural preparedness they need for their future as citizens and professionals in a world in which Hispanic/Latino and Lusophone cultures will play an increasingly important role.

Employment Opportunities


The Department is seeking applications for Instructor/Visiting Assistant Professor (possible multiple positions) to teach Spanish language, conversation, and composition courses!

Department News

Kim LubelSpanish Alumna and CST Brands Inc. president/CEO Kim Lubel delivers 2017 College of Arts and Sciences commencement address

When:  May 13, 2017
Student Arrival:  6:30 pm
Procession:  7:00 pm
Ceremony:  7:30 pm
Where:  Millett Assembly Hall

Kim Lubel is one of only 26 women CEOs of Fortune 500 companies and is a 1986 graduate of Miami with degrees in Spanish and International Studies.  Kim is Chairman of the Board, President and Chief Executive Office of CST Brands Inc., a North American fuel and convenience retailer with over 2000 locations in the U.S. and Canada.  Prior to working at CST, Kim was Executive Vice President and General Counsel at Valero Energy Corporation where she negotiated billions of dollars in acquisitions, and helped expand the company internationally. After graduating from Miami, Kim earned a Master’s Degree in International Relations from Baylor University followed by a Doctor of Law from the University of Texas School of Law. Read more about Kim here.

Fall Semester 2017: Afro-Brazil Film and Arts Course Offered

POR 381A (Crosslisted with FST-ENG-BWS 381A)
Taught in English
Fall Semester 2017 - Wednesdays and Fridays from 10:05am - 11:25am
Dr. Paula Gändara

This is a Global Miami Plan course where we watch films, do active research, and learn how to create short videos ourselves. The material is an introduction to the cultural, political and atristic scene in African Portuguese-speaking countries, Brazil, and Portugual.

Faculty Accepted into NEH Summer Institutes

Miami University associate professor of Spanish, Dr. Luis I. Prádanos, has been accepted into the 2017 NEH Summer Institute for College and University Faculty: City/Nature: Urban Environmental Humanities.  The program will take place from June 26-July 14 at University of Washington in Seattle. During the summer institute Dr. Prádanos will design a course syllabus on Urban Futures, the topic for next year Altman Program in the Humanities at Miami University.

Miami University associate professor of Spanish and incoming Director of Liberal Education, Dr. Shelly Jarrett Bromberg, has been accepted into the NEH Summer Institute for College and University Faculty: What is Gained in Translation? (http://www.kent.edu/neh-institute-translation) The program will take place from June 4-June 24 at Kent University in Kent, Ohio. Dr. Jarrett Bromberg will explore how Latin@ texts, such as Junot Díaz’s Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao, are transformed when translated from English to Spanish. She is especially interested in how using these translations in Spanish language literature courses impacts students’ understanding of the experiences and expressions at work for many Latin@ writers working in both English and Spanish.