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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, Latin American and Caribbean Literary and Cultural Studies, 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 Literary and Cultural Studies, Gender Studies, Second Language Acquisition, Spanish Literary and Cultural Studies, Spanish Film, Spanish Linguistics).

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

Graduate Program

  • The PhD program in Spanish is a nationally ranked doctoral program by the National Research Council (NRC).
  • Between 2005 and 2015, 41 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 the Spanish explorer Ponce de Leon’s arrival in Florida, and 2015 marks the 450thanniversary of the founding of St. Augustine (1565) 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 the Caribbean and Latin America, Florida has maintained important cultural, social and economic ties with the Spanish-speaking world for nearly 500 years. Today, almost 25% of Florida’s population is of Hispanic origin —that is, one in four Floridians— and the United States Hispanic population has recently reached over 55 million (2014 US Census Bureau). The United States now has the second largest Spanish-speaking population in the world. In addition, the importance of Portuguese in Florida continues to grow given that Brazil is one of the world's largest emerging economies, Florida’s leading trading partner in Latin America, and a top overseas market in visitors and investors in the state. Considering Florida’s strong past and recent history, Florida State University is an ideal location to study the languages, literatures, and cultures of Spain, Latin America and the Caribbean.

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