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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 Literatures and Cultures
    Memory Studies and Witnessing in Post-Dictatorship Societies; Cultural Contact in Medieval Iberia; Catalan Studies
     
  • Spanish American Literatures and Cultures
    Human Rights; Transitional Justice; Social Justice and the Arts; Philosophical, Cultural and Political Frameworks
     
  • Lusophone Literatures and Cultures
    Global Portuguese; Brazilian Urban Studies; Feminist Post-Colonial Studies; Studies in Lusophone Africa
     
  • Hispanic Linguistics
    Second Language Acquisition; Sociolinguistics; Phonology; Syntax, Cognition, and Discourse

While the student's program involves at least some work in all areas within the department, the focus shall be in his or her area of emphasis.

We encourage you to read about our coursework, faculty advisers and fellowship opportunities on our website.

Our program is designed for scholars who intend to pursue careers in university-level research. For prospective students interested in Spanish or Portuguese interpreting or language instruction, please consider the graduate programs in the College of Education and Human Development.

CLA’s Graduate Programs Office offers graduate students access to funding resources, health and supportive services, diversity initiatives, and other valuable information.