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Spanish and Portuguese Languages and Literatures

Our mission is to produce graduates with a deep understanding of the role Spanish plays in the increasingly diverse American society in which by the year 2050 one-third of the US population will be Hispanic/Latino. We train and educate students in Hispano/Latino and Luso-Brazilian culture and civilization, including language, literature, linguistics, language pedagogy, inter-cultural communication skills, and translation and interpretation studies. We prepare students for professional careers that require bilingual and bicultural competencies.

Why learn Spanish?

Why learn Portuguese?

Did you grow up speaking and listening to Spanish but now do not feel confident enough to speak it? We have a class for YOU!

Take SPAN 181 Introduction to Spanish for Heritage Speakers in Spring 2024


Requires exposure to Spanish in the home or the neighborhood. Not open to native speakers (with high school diploma from a Spanish-speaking country) or students with credit in SPAN 201, SPAN 202, SPAN 211, SPAN 282, SPAN 301, or higher-level course.

Replaces SPAN 101 and SPAN 102 for preparation for the major.


Strong emphasis in developing listening and speaking skills while practicing basic grammar structures in the heritage language, and cultivation of positive attitudes towards the heritage language and the heritage culture.


  • US Latinx experiences
  • Language and identity
  • Migration
  • Spanish in the US
  • The borderland
  • Transnational experiences


Rosalva Alamillo, Program Director | Email: [email protected]
Paola Martínez, Undergraduate advisor | Email: [email protected]

Learn more about the Spanish Heritage Language Track.