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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.


Department of Hispanic Languages and Literatures

50th Anniversary Celebration


Beatriz Gonzalez Stephan, Lee Hage Jamail Professor of Latin American Studies, Rice University,  Friday, September26, 2014 , 4:00pm,  501 Cathedral of Learning

Cuerpos que no salen en la foto: Ciudadanias blanqueadas en lapardocracia Venezolana (Siglo XIX)

Mireya Camurati, Professor Emeritus, University of Buffalo,  October 10, 2014, 4:00pm, 501 Cathedral of Learning

"Borges, poeta intelectual"

David Gies, Commonwealth Professor of Spanish, University of Virginia,

 December 5th,  4:00pm, 602 Cathedral of Learning
“Ese oscuro —y rico— objeto de deseo, o Hecho en América: El indiano romántico-teatral”

Alicia Borinsky, Professor of Spanish, Boston University,  February 20, 2015, 4:00pm, Humanities Center, 602 Cathedral of Learning

¿Quiénes son? Voces femeninas en el tango y la literatura.

Hugo Achugar, Director Nacional de Cultura, Montevideo Uruguya  

April 10  or 17th, 602 Cathedral of Learning

Ana Merino, University of Iowa, Friday, May 1, 2015, 4:30pm, University Club

 "Celebrating Hispanic Comics in Academia"

50th Anniversary Reception

Friday, May 1, 2015, 5:30 -8:30pm, University Club



Agnes Lugo Ortiz

October 3, 2014. Time and place to be announced



Camila Pulgar, Machado, visiting Fulbright Scholar

October 6, 2014, tentative time is 1:00. Place to be announced.



Reforming Communism Conference

November 6 - November 8, 2014. Time and place to be announced.


Pink Tide Conference

November 15 - 16, 2014.