UNM's Department of Spanish and Portuguese plays a vital role in the flagship university of a bilingual state, in teaching the languages, cultures, and literatures of the Hispanic and Portuguese worlds. We teach three basic language programs: Spanish as a Second Language, Spanish as a Heritage Language, and Brazilian Portuguese. Our undergraduate and graduate degrees offer concentrations in Hispanic Linguistics, Hispanic Literature (Peninsular and Spanish American), Hispanic Southwest Studies, and Portuguese.
We boast several areas of distinction: An internationally ranked Hispanic Linguistics program, one of the first in the nation. A Southwest Studies program which offers everything from Colonial to Chicano literature, folklore, and cultural studies. A Spanish as a Heritage Language program that has been serving bilingual students since the 1960's. A Portuguese program which began in the 1940's. A literature program with strengths in medieval, renaissance, and modern Spain, Mexico, the Caribbean, and Brazil.
All our students enjoy opportunities for research, field work, and travel in their quest to professionalize their Spanish and Portuguese and engage a regional and global community.