Spanish Newsletter

About the Department

The Department of Spanish and Portuguese is a vibrant community, comprised of more than 30 faculty members, 150 Spanish majors and 30 M.A. and Ph.D. students. Our faculty engages in research and teaching in a broad array of theoretical, cultural and practical subjects in the fields of Peninsular Literature, Latin American Literature and Hispanic Linguistics. At the undergraduate level we train educators, executives, lawyers, translators and health care professionals, among others. Regional connections and acclaimed study abroad programs in Spain and Latin America ensure a global and holistic education for all of our students. The department is also host to the flagship journal Anales de la literatura española contemporánea. 

Message from the Chair 

As the chair of the Department of Spanish and Portuguese, I am proud to be part of a department that offers a range of fascinating courses; these courses run the gamut from literature, linguistics, culture and film to specialized courses in business, legal and medical Spanish as well as translation skills. Our professors value our students’ individuality and their roles within the larger community.

From your very first class in the Department of Spanish and Portuguese, you will feel welcomed. With an average class size of just 17 students, our faculty and advisors work with you to ensure your success, helping you to graduate on time and preparing you for your post-graduate path.

We love to stay in touch with our students, especially through our Facebook page. The marketable skills they have learned lead them to diverse and exciting careers. Employers and graduate programs value our graduates’ superior reading and writing skills, honed through their Spanish/Portuguese coursework. We also embolden our students to take their skills outside the classroom, through practical experience, internships and study abroad. This gives our students a real advantage after graduation. I am excited for a new academic year and I invite you to get to know us through our classes, our language clubs and film series, and our outreach efforts. 


Dr. Hiram Aldarondo