Mission and Goals

Argentina Guachos Argentina Guachos
 Argentina Soccer Players  Argentina Soccer Players
The Guggenheim in Bilbao The Guggenheim in Bilbao
 Brazil Carnival Performer  Brazil Carnival Performer
 Brazil - Rio from the sky  Brazil - Rio from the sky
 Day of the Dead skull and flowers  Day of the Dead skull and flowers
 Student at Gijon Sign  Student at Gijon Sign
Spanish faculty at the UN Spanish faculty at the UN
 Spanish Faculty with Columbian Friends  Spanish Faculty with Columbian Friends
 Honduras Macaw and Mayan Ruins  Honduras Macaw and Mayan Ruins
 Incan carving  Incan carving
 Machu Picchu  Machu Picchu
 Madrid Cityscape  Madrid Cityscape
Mexico City Cityscape Mexico City Cityscape
 Nicaragua - Granada  Nicaragua - Granada
 Portugal - Belam Tower  Portugal - Belam Tower
Portuguese Tiles for sale in a Market Portuguese Tiles for sale in a Market
 Spanish Students in Culinary School  Spanish Students in Culinary School
 Spanish professor in language lab  Spanish professor in language lab
 Student in Gijon  Student in Gijon
Student in Seville Student in Seville
 Unidiversity Dancers  Unidiversity Dancers
 Wares for sale at Unidiversity  Wares for sale at Unidiversity
 Unidiversity Cultural Parade  Unidiversity Cultural Parade
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.