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Spanish & Portuguese at the University of California, Berkeley

Welcome to the web resource of the Department of Spanish and Portuguese at the University of California, Berkeley. Our department is a medium-sized one, big enough to offer a wide variety of approaches to teaching and research yet small enough to afford students at both the graduate and undergraduate level personal attention and mentoring. We offer an abundance of opportunities to learn and achieve mastery of the languages and cultures we study, which include Catalan, Nahuatl, Portuguese, Romance Studies and Spanish. Our programs are specially designed for highly motivated students with a passion for other languages, literatures and cultures, for imaginative approaches to these and for careful crossing of traditionally defined geographic, linguistic and disciplinary borders.

Several of our faculty are formally involved with or are active in other departments or academic units on campus—for example, Comparative Literature, Rhetoric, Film and Media, Gender & Women’s Studies, the Portuguese Studies Program, the Spanish Studies Program, the Catalan and Occitan Studies Program, and the Center for Latin American Studies and Renaissance and Early Modern Studies.

Upcoming Events

News

BIG GIVE – MARCH 14, 2019

As you may know, our annual fundraising blitz, Big Give, is quickly approaching, taking place March 14,
2019. This event began in 2014, offering you and the entire Cal community — alumni, parents, students,
faculty, staff, and friends — the opportunity to demonstrate our collective generosity by supporting
Berkeley’s students, research, innovation, and dedication to excellence, all of which amplifies your
contributions through awareness and contest prizes. In 2019, we’ve set a goal to raise 10,000 individual
gifts; if we reach it, our Board of Trustees will donate $100,000 to Berkeley students in need.

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Congratulations, Molly Borowitz!

Congratulations to Molly Borowitz, who will begin as an Assistant Professor at Georgetown University in Fall 2019!  Molly is currently finishing her doctoral work, which focuses on Early Modern and Colonial literature and culture. Her dissertation takes up the question of Early Modern forms of self-representation and their complex relations to institutional power.  (more…)

Professor Saum-Pascual publishes new book!

Congratulations to Assistant Professor Alex Saum-Pascual on publishing her book #Postweb! Crear con la máquina y en la red (Iberoamericana-Vervuert, 2018)In this new book, Prof. Saum-Pascual explores the role of digital technologies in recent literary experimentation in Spain throughout the last two decades. (more…)