Languages that expand your world

Spanish and Portuguese embody long, rich, and influential histories of cultural creativity and innovation that continue today in literature, fine arts, music, architecture, film, science and technology, philosophy, religion, business, fashion and design, sports, and social practices.

When you major in Spanish or Portuguese, you not only become fluent in the language, but you also learn about culture, literature, and linguistics though a wide array of areas and subjects: history, politics, philosophy, visual arts, gender and sexuality, race and ethnicity, coloniality and decolonization, anthropology and cultural theory, and the scientific method, including data collection and data analysis. You are able to develop your interests in these topics from a new perspective.

A vibrant, flexible program

The B.A. degrees in both Spanish and Portuguese are flexible and offer much freedom in the selection of courses, including the wide variety offered in our department. We encourage you to study abroad as an integral part of your undergraduate experience. In most cases, courses taken abroad in an IU-approved program can count towards your major or towards requirements in other departments and programs. This makes our degrees easy to combine with other majors, minors, and certificates in the humanities, social, and natural sciences, including dual-degrees within the College of Arts and Sciences or other schools such as the School of Public and Environmental Affairs.