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Programs and Clusters

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.

To that end, the Ph.D. program encourages students to engage in research extending across departmental and disciplinary borders and to traverse regional and chronological boundaries. 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. Through the interdisciplinary cluster program, academic certificate programs and the traveling scholars program, we encourage our students to enhance their studies across a variety of disciplines.