Mission and Goals

The Department of Spanish and Portuguese is dedicated to helping students form strong oral and written communication skills in both Spanish and Portuguese and to developing students' capacity for critical thinking and cultural literacy.  The department offers a rich undergraduate program that allows for the study of the literature, language, and cultures of the Hispanic and Lusophone worlds from a broad range of perspectives: film studies, gender studies, creative writing, history, and more.  A variety of opportunities are available to students outside of the classroom as well, such as study abroad programs; faculty-led workshops in Latin America; and service learning initiatives in the surrounding Hispanic communities.  The department also offers a combined BA/MA program.  Whether in the classroom, in a 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 cultures play an increasingly important role.