Undergraduate Contacts

Patricia Moore-Martinez
Associate Chair for Undergraduate Studies, Majors
426 Anderson Hall

Joshua Pongan
Advisor for Certificate Students 
420 Anderson Hall

Adam Shellhorse
Portuguese Advisor
440 Anderson Hall

IMG_DeptCorridorThe Department of Spanish and Portuguese provides instruction in the languages, cultures, and literatures of Spain, Spanish America, and the Luso-Brazilian world. It also teaches specialized courses in Business, Legal and Medical Spanish, including their translation. Coursework at the undergraduate level in Spanish, Catalan, or Portuguese develops proficiency of the four basic skills: speaking, listening, reading, and writing. Opportunities are also available for the in-depth study of Hispanic and Luso-Brazilian culture. Students may participate in special programs, including an intensive immersion program in Spanish and Latin American Studies; service learning and internships in areas of business, social service, and education in Philadelphia; and diverse programs abroad. Temple’s computer language center, the special learning environment for the foreign languages, is available to students of all proficiency levels.

Spanish and Portuguese organizations and activities include, for instance, the scholarly publications of the Society of Spanish and Spanish-American Studies and the recognition of outstanding students as they are inducted into Sigma Delta Pi, the National Hispanic Honor Society. Moreover, the department faculty remains very active in research.

Graduates of the Department of Spanish and Portuguese find careers in a wide range of areas, including education, business, government, and social service.

Students selecting the Spanish major must achieve competence in Spanish language skills in conjunction with qualifications outlined in one of three major options:

  • Language, Literature, and/or Linguistics
  • Language and Professional Studies
  • Spanish for Education

Distinction in Major is awarded to Spanish majors in any of the three options who graduate with a 3.75 GPA in Spanish courses and a cumulative GPA of at least 3.25.