Hispanic Studies was created in 2004 as a doctoral-granting department in the College of Liberal Arts, with the mission of creating and disseminating knowledge about the cultures and languages of the Hispanic world. Our vibrant scholarly community includes faculty and graduate students from the United States, Latin America, Europe, and Africa. We pride ourselves in a research agenda that includes Hispanic contemporary and period literature, film and performance, photography, iconography and digital humanities, cultural studies, gender and diaspora studies, and the history and presence of Spanish in the United States. Moreover, we count among our faculty and students several accomplished translators and writers in genres such as poetry, essay, and narrative.
With class sizes that rarely exceed 30 students, we are recognized for our excellent teaching and personalized attention to student needs. Our department offers a full range of courses for undergraduates, including language instruction and content courses in literature, culture, professional Spanish, and linguistics. Our Bachelor of Arts in Spanish is a great way to prepare for a career in fields such as education and translation, communications and diplomacy, health and social services. Our Ph.D. degree emphasizes interdisciplinarity and allows students to pursue their interests in Hispanic linguistics, culture, and literature.
Through our conferences, lectures, and symposia, our department is also a frequent host to internationally renowned scholars and authors such as Charles Bernstein, Carmen Boullosa, Rolando Hinojosa, Rodrigo Rey Rosa, Marjorie Perloff, and Ida Vitale, to name a few recent examples. We are especially proud of our graduate student conference, which has grown steadily and is now in its fifth year.
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