Career Preparation

Outstanding professional preparation

The Spanish and Portuguese graduate program offers students solid professional preparation, gaining in concert with the opportunity for exploration and intellectual growth.

Our graduate students come from a plurality of ethnic and national backgrounds. They receive close mentorship and leave with a degree that prepares them for dynamic academic careers as scholars, teachers, and researchers. Our department offers professional workshops and colloquia on publishing, teaching, and interview preparation. These professional development resources contribute to our consistent record of competitive academic job placement.

In addition, regular series of works-in-progress presentations allow our graduate students to develop sustained research agendas and ready themselves for conference participation. Travel funds are available to students to present their papers at conferences in the U.S. and abroad.

Job placement

Our program has a strong job placement record, with recent Ph.D. graduates securing tenure track positions at prestigious institutions, including the University of Michigan, University of New Mexico, University of Pittsburgh, University of Virginia, SUNY Albany, and others.

Students who pursue graduate studies in Spanish and Portuguese have gone into careers with top academic and research institutions, the United Nations, the World Bank, non-governmental organizations, media, private entrepreneurship, and the military and intelligence communities.

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