The graduate program in the Department of Spanish & Portuguese Studies at the University of Minnesota offers the Doctor of Philosophy degree with concentration in four areas: Spanish Peninsular, Spanish American, Lusophone Literatures and Cultures, and Hispanic Linguistics.
The literature and culture area components are closely integrated in these degree programs, so that students may follow courses of study involving the various fields. The close integration of these areas makes this department unique in the United States. The Department of Spanish & Portuguese Studies has a strong tradition of fostering socio-historical perspectives in the study of culture. We emphasize global Hispanic and Lusophone studies while being attentive to the multidimensional relationships between language and culture, as well as the legacy of colonialisms that continue to inform regional and national histories. The program in Hispanic Linguistics focuses on language in context, which provides students with the opportunity to approach traditional core areas of linguistics, such as phonology and syntax, with the perspectives offered by areas which have typically focused on language in context, such as sociolinguistics, pragmatics, language contact, and second language acquisition.
Our program offers graduate students the chance to develop research projects by working closely with faculty and by participating in departmental workshops with both faculty and fellow graduate students. Our students typically go on to be leaders in the field in tenure track positions at research institutions and at distinguished liberal arts colleges around the country. Our faculty are committed to comparative and interdisciplinary studies and they engage a variety of contemporary theoretical approaches with strengths in postcolonial theory, feminisms, critical race theory, queer theory, human rights, and theories of globalization.