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The study of a foreign language, literature, and culture like Spanish traditionally has been one of the central components of an undergraduate education in the humanities.

Today there is an added practical dimension to this. With economic and cultural globalization, our links as a nation with Spain and Latin America have become much closer. At the same time, Spanish is not only a foreign language for us; it has become—much like French in Canada—a de facto second language in the United States.

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With a Hispanic population of just over fifty million (2010), the United States itself is the third largest country of the Spanish-speaking world. Spanish is the fastest growing field in the humanities today (more than 50 percent of enrollments in language classes in the United States are in Spanish). As a result, there is a growing demand for persons trained in Spanish (and also Portuguese) in many fields, especially education, where there is a shortage of new teachers of Spanish language and literature.

The Department of Hispanic Languages and Literatures is especially noted for its faculty strengths in the area of Latin American literature and culture, including Brazil, but we also cover Spain and U.S. Latino culture and areas of Hispanic linguistics.

The department works in close cooperation with the University of Pittsburgh Center for Latin American Studies (CLAS), and many students choose as a related area the CLAS undergraduate or graduate certificate program. We also have strong ties to the Film Studies Program, West European Studies, and the Graduate Program in Cultural Studies.





The Department of Hispanic Languages and Literatures and the Center for Latin American Studies presents a lecture:

La construcción de un autor provincial

Wednesday, April 10, 2014, 12:30-2:00 pm in room 121, Cathedral of Learning, University of Pittsburgh

Claudia Rosa is the editor of the recent two-volume edition of the complete works of Carlos Mastronardi, who was also the subject of her doctoral dissertation. She has published widely on Argentine writers, particularly those of the "litoral" region. This talk will focus on Horacio Rega Molina, Juan L. Ortiz and Arnaldo Calveyra.

The Department of Hispanic Languages and Literatures and the Center for Latin American Studies presents a lecture:

Dalton: Correspondencia clandestina

March 3, 2014 (rescheduled from February 21, 2014) new time and place:

12:30 p.m, 139 Cathedral of learning, Scottish Nationality classroom

Lecture by Horacio Castellanos Moya, Assistant Professor, Department of Spanish and Portuguese, University of Iowa

HORACIO CASTELLANOS MOYA is a writer and a journalist from El Salvador. For two decades he worked as the editor of news agencies, magazines and newspapers in Mexico, Guatemala and his own country. As a fiction writer, he was granted residencies in a program supported by the Frankfurt International Book Fair (2004-2006) and in the City of Asylum program in Pittsburgh (2006-2008). He has also taught in the Writing Program at the University of Pittsburgh. In 2009, he was guest researcher at the University of Tokyo with a fellowship granted by the Japan Foundation. He has published ten novels, five short story collections and a book of essays. His novels have been translated into ten languages; four of them (Senselessness, The She-Devil in the mirror, Dance with Snakes and Tyrant memory) are available in English.

Reception to follow in 1309 CL.


Sonic Wounds: Narratives of Sorrow and the Migrant Circuits of Brown Feelings

Friday, March 21, 2014 10:00-11:30, 2201 WWPH
Work-in-progress discussion with Armando Garcia (Hispanic).

Text for discussion will be available two weeks in advance through the gender studies portal on under My Resources, or from


10th Undergraduate Research symposium

Friday, March 28

1:00 - 6:15 PM, Alumni Hall . rooms 528 and 531

The Department of Hispanic Language and Literatures invites all undegraduate students to its 10th Undergraduate Research Symposium. Come to learn about your fellow students research, converse with them, and share their enthusiasm. Click here for a version of the full program.


The Center for Latin American Studies

The Department of Hispanic Languages and Literatures

The Office of the Undergraduate Dean, Kenneth P. Dietrich School of Arts and Sciences

The University Honors College