Broad foundation & specialized training

Our graduate programs compare favorably with the best in the nation, combining a broad foundation in the archives of the field with training in specialized approaches to specific topics at both the master’s and doctoral level. Our large group of research-active faculty offer graduate students opportunities to explore a wide range of critical approaches and areas of research. Courses provide a solid base for self-directed research, supported by faculty whose own work is marked by originality, rigor, and cross-disciplinary engagement.

We foster a friendly and supportive environment in which graduate students work collaboratively with one another and with faculty. Our faculty interact with students, both in the classroom and in less formal venues, and graduate students acquire extensive experience teaching in all areas of their field—from basic language courses through introductory courses in their particular areas of research.

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Research & Resources

Besides the training and support to teach language and content courses, our graduate students enjoy opportunities for summer work through our high school honors program, departmental teaching, and a number of summer fellowships.

Opportunities for interdisciplinary work abound, made possible by the resources of our Research 1 university, its many centers, departments, and entities—such as the Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies (CLACS), the IU Cinema, and the Institute for European Studies. Colloquia within and beyond the department encourage a rich sharing of ideas, with visiting guests known for their scholarship and artistry.

Indiana University is recognized for its outstanding library holdings, including extensive Hispanic and Lusophone archives. Funding is available for international research and collaborative projects.