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Spanish is the official language of twenty-one countries in the world, and it is the second most spoken language in the United States. After Chinese and English, Spanish is the third most spoken language in the world with over four hundred and fifty million native (L1) speakers and around ninety million non-native (L2) speakers. Our department pioneers the teaching of Spanish as a Heritage Language. Spanish is mostly spoken in Europe, Africa, and the Americas, there are some communities of speakers in Asia (Phillipine islands).

We provide classes in Spanish that help students develop linguistic abilities with an emphasis on real-world proficiency, as well as introduce students to the major historical and cultural phenomena that characterize the Spanish-speaking world.

Our faculty expertise spans the entire gamut of places and genres: from the cultures of medieval Iberia to the literary and linguistic diversity of the Spanish-speaking Caribbean, United States, Mexico, Spain, the Andean region, and the Southern Cone of South America. Our work is highly interdisciplinary, and our teachers participate in UO departments and programs in Comparative LiteratureEthnic Studies,European StudiesLatin American StudiesMedieval Studies, and Second Language Acquisition and Teaching (SLAT).

Undergraduate Studies

We offer a major and a minor in Spanish as part of the BA degree. Our majors can now choose between two different tracks: Literature and Culture, or Language and Society as a form of specialization within their Spanish major. Students pursuing these degrees have the opportunity to spend one or more terms in different Spanish speaking countries such as Ecuador, Argentina, Mexico, or Spain. The department also offers scholarships to help students. In addition, many of our students of Spanish also choose to do a B.A. in Romance Languages combining Spanish and French, Italian, or Portuguese. Our majors and minors in Spanish also often work on a double major with Latin American Studies, Ethnic Studies, History, Business, Philosophy, International Studies and any of the other great possibilities at the UO.

Graduate Studies

We offer an MA in Spanish, and a PhD in Romance Languages. Students doing graduate studies in our department are trained in different approaches to literary and cultural studies, as well as to textual production of all periods and regions of the Spanish speaking world. Students can also do an MA in Romance languages combining Spanish and French or Italian.

Most of our graduate students have a Graduate Teaching Fellowship. We also offer scholarships and support for travel to professional meetings.