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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


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

Congratulations – New Advanced Students

Congratulations are extended to Poema Quesado Valente  and Felix Treviño  for passing the Qualifying Examination in Hispanic Languages and Literatures this semester-fall 2017.



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

Jacqueline Bialostozky with a dissertation titled “Aesthetics of the Surface: Post-1960s Latin America Queer Rewritings of the Baroque”

Dexter Zavalza Hough-Snee with a dissertation titled “Alienation in the Andes: Labor and Cultural Disenfranchisement in Colonial Peru, 1570-1640”