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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, Digital Humanities, Film and Media, Gender & Women’s Studies, Linguistics, Near Eastern Studies, Rhetoric, the Portuguese Studies Program, the Spanish Studies Program, the Catalan and Occitan Studies Program, the Center for Latin American Studies and Renaissance and Early Modern Studies.

Upcoming Events


Congratulations to Ana Tello!

We are delighted to announce that Ana Tello has been selected for the 2020 Outstanding GSI Award. Ana’s excellence in the classroom and commitments to education deserve this recognition. Please join us in congratulating Ana Tello for her outstanding work.

Congratulations to Carlos Macías Prieto!

Congratulations to Carlos, who will begin as an Assistant Professor of Spanish at Williams College in Fall 2020.  Carlos is in the process of finishing his dissertation, “Seventeenth Century Nahua Poetics: Domingo Chimalpahin and the Cemanahuac Archive,” and he will be joining the faculty of Williams College as a specialist in Colonial Latin American Literature. ¡Muchas felicidades, Carlos!