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Spanish Program


The Spanish Program at Florida State University

The Program of Spanish and Portuguese offers BA, MA, and PhD degrees in Spanish, a minor in Portuguese, and a minor in Linguistics. The program’s dedicated and diverse faculty are specialists in Iberian and Latin American Literatures and Cultures, Hispanic Linguistics, and Second Language Acquisition. The links on this page will provide you with more detailed information about our programs, but here are some quick facts:

Undergraduate Program

In addition to our core courses on language, culture, and literature, we offer a wide variety of specialized courses representing faculty interests (e.g., Amazonia, Caribbean Literature, Second Language Acquisition, Spanish Cultural Studies, Spanish Film, Spanish Linguistics, Women writers).

Students have the opportunity to study abroad in various Spanish-speaking locations around the world in Costa Rica, Panama, Peru, or Spain.

We have helped our students gain acceptance into prestigious MA and PhD programs in both Hispanic Studies and Linguistics.

Graduate Program

  • The PhD program in Spanish is a nationally ranked doctoral program by the National Research Council (NRC).
  • Between 2005 and 2011, 24 students have earned a PhD in Spanish, all of whom obtained employment upon graduation.
  • The Spanish & Portuguese faculty were ranked 4th in the nation according to the 2007 Faculty Scholar Productivity Index and are regularly nominated for university-wide teaching and mentoring awards.

The Importance of Spanish and Portuguese in Florida and Beyond

The State of Florida enjoys a long standing relationship with the Spanish-speaking world. In 2013, cities throughout the state celebrated the 500th anniversary of Ponce de Leon’s arrival in Florida, and 2015 will mark the 450thanniversary of the founding of St. Augustine by Spanish explorer Pedro Menéndez de Avilés. Given that Florida was part of the Spanish empire (1565-1763 and 1784-1821) longer than it has been part of the United States, and due to Florida’s proximity to Latin America and the Caribbean, Florida has maintained important cultural, social and economic ties with the Spanish-speaking world for nearly 500 years. Today, 22.5% of Florida’s population is of Hispanic origin, and the United States now has the second largest Spanish-speaking population in the world (after Mexico). In addition, the importance of Portuguese continues to grow given that Brazil has emerged as one of the world's largest economies, Florida’s leading trading partner and top overseas market in visitors and investors in the state. Considering Florida’s strong history and current ties with Spanish and Portuguese-speakers within and beyond our borders, Florida State University is an ideal location to study the languages, literatures, and cultures of the Spanish and Portuguese-speaking world.

Welcome to the Spanish and Portuguese Program in the Department of Modern Languages and Linguistics at  Florida State University. This site aims to provide prospective and current students with information and contacts to program and department resources.

For students interested in the Spanish Honor Society, please see: Sociedad Nacional Honoraria Hispánica - FSU Sigma Delta Pi.