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Ranked as a top graduate program in the nation by the National Research Council, the Department of Spanish and Portuguese offers MA degrees in Peninsular and Latin American Literature as well as Hispanic Linguistics. It also offers PhD degrees in Peninsular and Latin American Literature, and Medieval and Early Modern Hispanic Literatures.

All students are eligible for graduate teaching assistantships.These appointments include a monthly stipend, tuition remission, and cover all student health insurance premiums. Grants and fellowships (summer, research, travel) are also available by application.

The Department of Spanish and Portuguese is part of the prestigious College of Arts and Sciences’ Consortium for Doctoral Studies in Literatures and Cultures administered by the Center for the Humanities and the Arts. As such, and since 2016, every year we are allowed to offer up to two Consortium fellowship to the top two applicants to our PhD program. These fellowships include the following benefits: 5 years of funding, summer stipends for 4 summers, no teaching in the 1st and 5th year, TAships with reduced teaching load from 2nd through 4th year, emphasis in a more cross-disciplinary approach, and extended mentorship (a dissertation supervisor in Spanish and Portuguese and a mentor in a different program). Those accepted into the Consortium will be based in the Department of Spanish and Portuguese, but they will also participate in the workshops, lectures, and conferences organized by the Consortium. The six doctoral programs included in the Consortium are French/Italian, Spanish/Portuguese, German, Classics, English, and Japanese/Chinese. 

For more information, please contact the Associate Chair for Graduate Studies or the Spanish and Portuguese Department.

Our graduates have secured excellent jobs as teachers and researchers. Recent PhD graduates hold tenure-track jobs at schools such as Dartmouth, Middlebury, Carnegie Mellon, Wake Forest, Texas A&M, University of San Diego, Lehigh University, West Point Military Academy, the University of Texas at Austin, Colorado College, and Temple University.

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