The Department of Spanish and Portuguese at UCLA offers its undergraduate and graduate students a wealth of resources: eighteen faculty spanning the fields of Iberian and Latin American literature, culture, and linguistics, from the medieval period to the most contemporary writing and film; excellent research facilities; access to UCLA’s vibrant intellectual community through connections with other departments and centers in the humanities and social sciences; plentiful talks, film screenings, and cultural events, within the department, through the Latin American Institute, and further afield, in theaters and libraries in Westwood, Hollywood and downtown. Los Angeles is an important center of cultural production in the Spanish and Portuguese languages; every form of print media, film, TV, music, and theater from Central and Latin America and the Iberian Peninsula is readily available. The strength of our program draws on these diverse origins and contexts, which are reflected in our faculty, our undergraduate and graduate students, our community outreach programs, and our numerous cultural events.
As the discipline of literary study has evolved, so too has the department’s approach to teaching Spanish and Portuguese literatures and cultures. Aside from literary training, our faculty also have signal strengths in other disciplines and in interdisciplinary approaches – film, multimedia, history, art history, comparative literature – which make the department a dynamic venue for thinking and learning about the relationship between cultural production and local and global politics. While learning Spanish and Portuguese, students have the option to study indigenous or regional languages, such as Quechua and Catalan, and to further their study of any of these languages through immersive study abroad programs. We have recently refashioned our undergraduate programs to better accommodate the most exciting new possibilities for studying literature and culture; our graduate students are producing increasingly interdisciplinary and theoretically-informed work; and our faculty are doing research at the cutting edge of their various disciplines. We invite you to explore the rest of this website to learn more about the department’s strengths, projects, and ongoing events.