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Graduate Program in Spanish and Portuguese

The graduate program in Spanish and Portuguese at Northwestern focuses on the diverse Latin American, Iberian, and U.S. Latino literary and cultural traditions. The program seeks to instill in its students a strong knowledge of multiple approaches to research and scholarship both within Latin American and Peninsular literatures and across the Humanities.

The Ph.D. program encourages students to engage in research extending across departmental and disciplinary borders and to traverse regional and chronological boundaries. The faculty’s research and teaching interests span diverse time periods, regions, and forms of Latin American, Iberian, and U.S. Latino cultural production. In addition to the fields of specialty represented by the faculty in Spanish and Portuguese, students can connect with faculty in departments included but not limited to Anthropology, History, and Performance Studies, and with programs such as Comparative Literary Studies, Latin American and Caribbean Studies, Latino Studies, African Studies, and with the Interdisciplinary Ph.D. in Theatre and Drama, and the Ph.D. in Screen Cultures. The Graduate Program in Spanish and Portuguese also plays a key role in the Latin American and Caribbean Studies Interdisciplinary Graduate Program (LACSIGP). 

In addition to the offerings of Northwestern University, students in the graduate program can draw on the strengths of Evanston’s and Chicago's vibrant cultural and intellectual communities. Home to large and diverse Spanish and Portuguese-speaking communities, Chicago also boasts prominent institutions such as the Newberry Library, the National Museum of Mexican Art, the Instituto Cervantes and the International Latino Cultural Center of Chicago.

Please see information on how to apply electronically.

Students interested in graduate studies in Iberian and Latin American literatures and cultures can also submit their applications through the following programs:

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