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The Department of Iberian and Latin American Cultures at Stanford University has long been recognized as a leader in the development of groundbreaking approaches to the literature and cultures of the Iberian Peninsula, Latin America, Brazil, Lusophone Africa, and Latinx communities in the United States. With world-renowned and actively engaged specialists in a variety of areas and periods, the Department offers innovative courses and programs that help students to meet and exceed their intellectual and professional goals.

The Department is committed to three main educational goals: 1) to provide students with a contextualized knowledge of the literatures and cultures of the Iberian Peninsula from the medieval period to the present, of the Spanish-speaking communities of Latin America, of Portuguese-speaking communities throughout the world, and of the Spanish-speaking communities of the United States; 2) to prepare undergraduate students for advanced study in those areas and/or in a range of professional fields; and 3) to provide doctoral students with the very best advanced training as research scholars and teachers, in preparation for careers as university professors or in related roles. In each of these areas, the faculty of the Department is committed to providing students with a nearly unprecedented level of mentoring and support.

The Department frequently organizes conferences and talks by distinguished guest speakers, and we also regularly host visiting faculty, such as the Visiting Chair in Catalan Studies. As an integral part of the Division of Literatures, Cultures, and Languages, our faculty and students also organize and participate in division-wide focal groups, initiatives sponsored by the DLCL Research Unit, and interdepartmental programs and centers across the Stanford campus.

The Department awards a Bachelors of Arts (BA) in either Iberian and Latin American Cultures or Spanish, and we also offer undergraduate minors in Portuguese and Spanish. For

graduate students, we award a one-year terminal Master of Arts (MA) in Iberian and Latin American Cultures as well as a Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in Iberian and Latin American Cultures. For more information, please visit the Graduate and Undergraduate Program sites and contact us at