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Administrative Unit:Spanish and Portuguese
College/School: College of Letters & Science
Admitting Plans:M.A., Ph.D.
Degrees Offered:M.A., Ph.D.
Minors and Certificates:Doctoral Minor

Faculty: Professors Beilin (modern Spanish literature), Bilbija (modern Spanish American literature), Corfis (medieval Spanish literature), De Ferrari (modern Spanish American literature), Egea (modern Spanish literature), Frantzen (second language acquisition and linguistics), Hildner (Golden Age literature), Hutchinson (Golden Age literature), Medina (modern Spanish American literature), Podestá (colonial Spanish American literature), Zamora (colonial Spanish American literature); Associate Professors Ancos-García (medieval Spanish literature), Close (modern Spanish American/trans-Atlantic literature), Hernández (modern Spanish American literature), Pellegrini (modern Spanish American literature), Stafford (second language acquisition and linguistics), Tejedo-Herrero (Spanish linguistics); Assistant Professors Alcalá-Galán (Golden Age literature), Armstrong (Spanish linguistics), Cerezo Paredes (modern Spanish literature), Comparone (modern Spanish literature), Goldgel-Carballo (colonial Spanish American literature), Rao (Spanish linguistics)


The degrees offered are the master of arts and doctor of philosophy in Spanish. In addition, the department offers a doctoral minor in Spanish or Portuguese, consisting of 12 credits of graduate study.

An integrated curriculum in Spanish language, literatures, cultures, and linguistics provides training at the master's and Ph.D. levels and assures that graduates are prepared to contribute as professionals in the fields of teaching and research. An active program of research contributes to new knowledge in Spanish. A comprehensive group of courses is offered in rotation during the academic year so that candidates may take courses in all fields. Classes are conducted in Spanish.

The department's graduate program in Spanish is consistently among the finest in the country. Teaching assistantships are offered each year to graduate candidates in Spanish and Portuguese. A full complement of courses in Spanish and Spanish American, literatures, cultures, and linguistics is offered on a regular basis.

Fellowships, scholarships, teaching assistantships, and project assistantships are available to qualified graduate degree candidates.

Students pursuing advanced degrees in this department are advised to include in their training work in other languages and literatures, art, social sciences, linguistics, film studies, and philosophy. Knowledge of other languages is required for advanced work in Hispanic and Luso-Brazilian fields.

Doctoral Minor

Candidates for a doctoral minor in Spanish should have the equivalent of at least three years of undergraduate preparation in the Hispanic or Luso-Brazilian field, preferably including a year of introductory survey of literatures.


Admission to candidacy for the master's degree presupposes an undergraduate major in Spanish at UW–Madison or its equivalent. Candidates entering with a B.A. in Spanish must have an undergraduate GPA of at least 3.0 (on a 4.0 scale), and a GPA in Spanish courses of at least 3.25.

For more information: Graduate Coordinator, Department of Spanish and Portuguese, 1018 Van Hise Hall, 1220 Linden Drive, Madison, WI 53706-1558; 608-262-2096; lghastin@wisc.edu; spanport.lss.wisc.edu.