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Prospective students

The graduate program of our department offers you a broad array of exciting intellectual opportunities. In your development as scholars as well as educators, you will find a rigorous and at the same time rewarding preparation.

Our faculty and graduate students represent many different nations and cultures. We are a dynamic and diverse department, a community of scholars and teachers and students engaged in an ongoing intellectual discussion.

Our faculty expertise covers a diversity of fields in the three languages, including medieval studies, colonial and post-colonial studies in Africa, America and Europe, the study of poetics from early modernity to post-modernity, humanism and post-humanism, Caribbean and Andean studies. Many of our faculty are engaged in interdisciplinary work and have links to other UO programs and centers including Latin American Studies, European Studies, the Center for the Study of Women in Society, the Oregon Humanities Center, African Studies and Comparative Literature. In addition to developing a strong research profile, M.A. and Ph.D. candidates receive fundamental training in foreign-language pedagogy and invaluable supervised teaching experience in the undergraduate curriculum.

The department offers several scholarships to our graduate students for research, travel, and special projects. Graduate students who hold a GTF receive a stipend and do not pay tuition. GTFs also receive Health Insurance benefits.

The University of Oregon Library System, comprising Knight Library and several branch libraries, is the most comprehensive research library between Seattle and San Francisco. Its collection contains nearly 3,000,000 volumes, 61,000 periodicals, and a wealth of visual resources, music recordings, and a video collection that has recently been augmented by a large purchase of foreign films in DVD format. The library’s ever-expanding electronic resources currently include over 300 databases, may of which are “full-text”and accessible both from within the libray and via remote access. The library also boasts rich holdings in special collections: 54,000 rare books, more than 2,000 manuscript collections, many of which are from the medieval period, and a collection of videotapes that includes an important Spanish film archive.