With over 500 million Spanish speakers and over 240 million Portuguese speakers worldwide, our undergraduate programs offer a unique opening to two truly global languages. These languages are vehicles of thought and expression within vibrant cultures spread across the globe—including the United States, the second largest Spanish-speaking country in the world.
When you become familiar with and even fluent in a language, you acquire a new worldview—new ways of thinking, communicating, and experiencing your relationship to others. Language acquisition skills open the door to new opportunities.
In addition to majors and minors in Spanish and Portuguese, our department is also home to one of the few Catalan programs in the U.S. Spoken in parts of Spain, France and Italy, Catalan is also a main language in the global city of Barcelona. Undergraduate students may take Catalan courses in our department.