The graduate program in Spanish offers programs of study leading to the M.S. and Ph.D. in Spanish. Candidates for either degree may choose a program with an emphasis on either Hispanic literature and cultural studies or Spanish linguistics.
The Program in Literature and Cultural Studies in Spanish and Portuguese offers students a strong multidisciplinary approach in a range of literary periods and opportunities for research in the following fields: Colonial/Postcolonial Literature and Studies; Ethnography; Film Studies; Gender Studies; Luso-Brazilian Literature and Studies; Medieval and Early Modern Literature and Studies, Modern Latin American Literature and Culture, Modern Spanish Literature and Culture, and Transatlantic Studies.
The Spanish linguistics program, one of the strongest in the U.S., includes courses in applied linguistics, history/dialectology, phonology/morphology, syntax and semantics. The program is offered in close collaboration with the department of linguistics.
Graduate students are encouraged to present their work at scholarly meetings and to publish in refereed media, often in collaboration with faculty members. The department has had considerable success in placing its graduates in tenure-track jobs.