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Graduate Programs

Hispanic and Lusophone Literatures, Cultures, and Linguistics

The Department of Spanish and Portuguese Studies at the University of Minnesota has a strong tradition of fostering socio-historical perspectives in the study of culture. We emphasize global Hispanic and Lusophone studies while being attentive to the legacy of colonialisms that continue to inform regional and national histories as well as the multidimensional relationships between language and culture.

Our faculty are committed to comparative and interdisciplinary studies and they engage a variety of contemporary theoretical approaches with strengths in postcolonial theory, feminisms, critical race theory, queer theory, human rights, and theories of globalization.

The Hispanic Linguistics program emphasizes the study of language in its contexts with a focus on interdisciplinary approaches to language contact, phonology, pragmatics, second language acquisition, sociolinguistics, and syntax.

Our program offers graduate students the chance to develop research projects by working closely with faculty and by participating in departmental workshops with both faculty and fellow graduate students. Our students typically go on to be leaders in the field in tenure track positions at research institutions and at distinguished liberal arts colleges around the country. Please visit our Ph.D. Graduates web page for a list of former PhDs in Spanish and Portuguese at the University of Minnesota.

Applications and Deadlines

Please visit our Applying page for more information.

APPLICATION DEADLINE: DECEMEBER 15

Degrees & Concentrations

We offer Master of Arts and Doctor of Philosophy degrees with concentration in three areas:

  • Hispanic literatures and cultures
  • Lusophone literatures and cultures
  • Hispanic linguistics

The close integration of these three areas of literature and culture—Spanish Peninsular, Latin American, and Lusophone literature and cultures—makes this department unique in the United States.

Graduate students may also take courses in related departments and programs, among them:

Departmental Publications

Our department sponsors several renowned publications such as Hispanic Issues and Studies in Hispanic and Lusophone Linguistics. Faculty organize major international conferences and symposia, some on a regular basis such as the State of Ibero-American Studies Theater.

Library Resources

The library collection at the University of Minnesota, one of the largest in the nation, provides strong research support. Of particular interest is the prestigious James Ford Bell Library's collection of rare books, maps, and manuscripts documenting the overseas expansion of early modern Europe. The Tretter GLBT collection is one of the nation's largest, and is international in scope, including substantial holdings in Spanish and Portuguese.

Institutional Partners

Our department has strong institutional ties with important research communities across campus such as:

Financial Support for Graduate Students at Minnesota

All graduate students accepted into the program are eligible for support in the form of a nine-month graduate instructorship which includes:

Incoming and continuing students may be nominated by the department for University-wide fellowships available at the University of Minnesota.

Department Affiliations

Our Department has institutional ties with important departments, programs and centers across campus, among them:

Contact Information

News & Information

  • Phil Thornberry: "The acquisition of Buenos Aires Spanish intonation during a study abroad semester"

    Argetina study abroad studentsHispanic Linguistics Ph.D. Candidate Phil Thornberry will present his doctoral dissertation research The acquisition of Buenos Aires Spanish intonation during a study abroad semester on April 25th. Phil's dissertation analyzes the changes in second language Spanish intonation of 11 learners studying abroad in Buenos Aires, Argentina, while also accounting for these changes via an examination of relevant extralinguistic factors, such as contact with native speakers and attitudes towards the host culture and language variety. This public presentation will be part of Phil's doctoral final exam.

    Friday, April 25th
    10:00 a.m.
    112 Folwell Hall
    Free of charge. Everyone welcome.

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  • "Power, Prestige and the Periphery" - First Graduate Student Conference in Spanish & Portuguese Studies

    PPP LogoThe graduate students of the Department of Spanish and Portuguese Studies are proud to announce their first graduate conference entitled "Power, Prestige and the Periphery." The event will take place on the University of Minnesota - Twin Cities campus on April 11 and 12, 2014. The event is open and free to attend.

    For more information please visit our webpage

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  • Foreign Word-Learning by Preschoolers

    classifiers-sm.jpgLecture with Professor Maria Sera, Institute of Child Development

    Friday, April 25, 2014
    2:00 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.
    106 Folwell Hall

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