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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Diversity Statement 

The Dept. of Spanish and Portuguese supports all initiatives to create a campus climate guided by the values of inclusion, respect, equality, and equity. We strive to create an environment in which the uniqueness of each person is recognized and celebrated, and where everyone is treated with respect. Such an inclusive campus climate is essential to the well-being and success of a diverse community of students, faculty, and staff. Our mission is centered on the belief that a community thrives when the perspectives and voices of all members are recognized. This valued diversity includes, but is not limited to: ability, age, culture, education, ethnicity, gender identity and/or expression, nationality, race, religion, sexual orientation, and socioeconomic status. Through the adoption of best practices in recruiting, admitting and enrolling underrepresented students, we strive to bring to our department a diverse population of graduate students and broaden participation to address the historical disparities in representation across race, gender, and ethnicity. We also believe that as a Hispanic Serving Institution, the Department of Spanish and Portuguese within UCSB is called to perform a leading role in the campus effort to encourage diversity.

Diversity officer to the Office of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

Prof. Antonio Cortijo


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Henley Gate, UC Santa Barbara
Phelps Hall, home of the Spanish & Portuguese Department
"We Are All Writers", Elena Poniatowska's plenary lecture at the XV Colloquium on Mexican Literature, November 1, 2012

Meagan Carter (ABD, Linguistics) presenting on April 2, 2022 at the American Translation and Interpretation Studies Association Conference at UCSB

Pedro Craveiro (ABD, Portuguese) presenting April 2, 2022 at the American Translation and Interpretation Studies Association Conference at UCSB

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Congratulations to Laura Marqués-Pascual on her most recent...

Caragh Barry completed her PhD in Hispanic Literature with an emphasis in Translation Studies...
The Department of Spanish and Portuguese is delighted to announce that thanks to a generous gift from Roberta Lee Johnson (BA and MA, UC Davis; professor emerita, University of Kansas), the UC Iberian Studies Consortium has been formed, and will be headquartered at UC Davis.