Spanish Language, Literatures, and Culture

College of Arts and Humanities
2215 Jiménez Hall
Phone: 301-405-6441

The signature of our department is its ability to put into play the singularity of literary and linguistic experiences in relation to politics and philosophy. By rethinking conventional historical, cultural and language boundaries across disciplines, our undergraduate and graduate programs critically engage different archives across the Americas, the Latina/o United States, the Luso-Brazilian world, and Spain in its Iberian and transatlantic contexts. Our intellectual agenda involves diverse forms of community and civic engagement. With a hemispheric and international perspective, our program fosters both critical and creative work. Our graduates are prepared for diverse career tracks in education, business, government, law, medicine, the arts, and social work, among others.

Professors: C. Benito-Vessels, L. Demaria, M. Lacorte, R. Long, J.M. Naharro-Calderón, J. Quintero-Herencia, S. Sosnowski, J. Uriagereka

Associate Professors: E. Gironzetti, T. Lima, E. Merediz, M. Penrose, A. Rodriguez

Assistant Clinical Professors: C. Lewis, J. Magro 

Principal Lecturer: E. Canabal-Torres

Senior Lecturers: A. Acedo Garcia, C. Hidalgo 

Professors Emeriti: S. Cypess, R. Harrison, R. Igel, R. Lavine, H. Sánchez Martínez de Pinillos

Spanish Undergraduate Advisor: M. Christopher Lewis
2211 Jiménez Hall
Phone: 301-405-6556

Heritage Students Advisor: Evelyn Canabal-Torres 

Undergraduate Research Experiences

The School of Languages, Literatures, and Cultures has implemented an Annual SLLC Undergraduate Research Forum which allows its outstanding juniors and/or seniors to display their research projects. The forum takes place in late April in the Language House (St. Mary's).


Each fall semester, SLLC organizes a Language Career and Internship Fair in conjunction with the UMD Career Center.

The Department of Spanish and Portuguese (SPAP) offers majors the possibility of completing an internship for SPAP credits. For more information, see the SPAP internship webpage:

Honors Program

The Spanish honors program provides students with an exciting opportunity to develop an area of special interest in consultation with faculty members.

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Scholarships and Financial Assistance

The Office of Student Financial Aid (OSFA) administers a variety of federal, state, and institutional financial assistance programs, and, in cooperation with other university offices, participates in the awarding of scholarships to deserving students. For information, visit:

Awards and Recognition

The Department of Spanish and Portuguese promotes student work in the language through a yearly awards program to recognize student achievement in the language. These are presented at the Spring awards ceremony. For information, visit: