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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


New Summer Course – Spanish for Health Care Professionals

Beginning Spanish for the Medical Professions

 The Department of Spanish and Portuguese is offering a new, beginning Spanish language course for individuals intending to go into health-related areas. It is designed for students with little or no formal background in Spanish. The course is devoted to the study of medical Spanish terminology and the cultural issues related to successful interactions with Spanish-speaking patients and their families in the clinical encounter. It will introduce a wide array of vocabulary particular to the medical field, as well as help the student develop a cultural understanding of medicine and illness in the Spanish-speaking world to prepare for potential work with Spanish-speaking patients in future careers in medicine, nursing, social work, translation/interpretation, or mental health settings.

Check out this and other listings in Spanish at the Summer Sessions Webpage:



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Congratulations Ph.D. in RLL

Congratulations to the following student for completing the Ph.D. in Romance Languages and Literatures this fall semester 2017.

Jenelle Thomas with a dissertation titled “Vous êtes hombre de bien”: A study of bilingual family letters to and from colonial Louisiana, 1748-1867