To schedule an advising appointment, please click here.

To request a permission number, please click here to complete the request form. 

Please note that permission numbers are only necessary for Span 0004, 0020, 0025 and other upper level Span courses. 

The undergraduate program in Hispanic Languages and Literatures is flexible and diverse to meet the needs of students with varying interests and career goals. Incoming freshmen can find additional information at PittStart, an academic orientation program for freshmen. To sign up for a PittStart Spanish Placement Test please click here.

Carefully review Undergraduate Admissions and Financial Aid for application details. (Pitt's rolling admission practice means that applications have no specific deadline.) The Financial Aid Office administers undergraduate financial aid packages that include need-based aid, loans, and scholarships.



Courses for the Spanish Major and Spanish Minor strengthen oral and written Spanish language skills and focus on Spanish and Latin American literatures and cultures.


Studying Portuguese is becoming increasingly important in the international community.  Students can obtain a 17-credit Portuguese minor to complement their undergraduate Spanish major.   

Language Proficiency

Evaluation of language proficiency through Departmental advising and testing is critical to pinpointing student enrollment and placement in Spanish and Portuguese language courses.

Clubs & Activities

From Brazilian dancing to Bate Papo, the Department's Portuguese club, student opportunities to join and participate in HLL clubs and activities are plentiful.   

Undergrad Research Symposium

Students studying for a language major and minor can immerse themselves in intellectual debate at the Department's Undergrad Research Symposium by presenting class papers in a formal academic setting. 

Honors Major

Students interested in graduate work often pursue the Honors Major and have the option to spend at least one semester studying abroad.

Study Abroad

Interested in studying abroad? Investigate the University of Pittsburgh's four programs, each of which matches seamlessly with major and minor requirements.

Teacher Certification

Many students opt to teach Spanish after completing the major by opbtaining the PA Teaching Certification or MA Teaching curriculum in the School of Education