Welcome to the Department of Spanish and Portuguese

The Department of Spanish and Portuguese is devoted to the research and teaching of the literatures, cultures and languages of Spain, Portugal and Latin America. We award the degrees of B.A. in Spanish or Portuguese, and PhD, with specializations in the areas of Spanish and Latin American Literature, Portuguese and Brazilian Literature, and Iberian Linguistics, with optional emphases on Translation Studies, Feminist Studies, Medieval Studies and Applied Linguistics. See More...

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Henley Gate, UC Santa Barbara
Phelps Hall, home of the Spanish & Portuguese Department
Humanities and Social Sciences Building, UC Santa Barbara
"We Are All Writers", Elena Poniatowska's plenary lecture at the XV Colloquium on Mexican Literature, November 1, 2012
Butterfly Beach in Santa Barbara
Daniel Chui and Pedro Escobar-Uribe, recipients of Graduate Opportunity Fellowship, 2012
Congratulations to Michael Harris, Eloísa Alcocer, María Inés Canto recipients of the 2012-2013 Dean's Advancement Fellowship

Now Hiring

Assistant Professor in Portuguese and Comparative Literature

1. Academic: The Departments of Spanish and Portuguese, will be hiring a new Assistant Professor in Portuguese and Comparative Literature as of July 1, 2017. Application deadline is December 19, 2016. Please check our ad in the download area below.

Assistant Professor in Portuguese and Comparative Literature

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Congratulations to Professor Sara Poot Herrera for receiving the prestigious Forjadores de...

Prof. Sara Poot-Herrera recently had the honor of being the keynote speaker at the Senate of Mexico, in the anniversary of the Novo-Hispanic poet Sor Juana Inés de la Cruz.