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Spanish and Portuguese Graduate Program
The Division of Spanish & Portuguese seeks to offer a wide range of compelling courses not only in the languages, literatures and cultures of the Spanish and Portuguese-speaking world but also in linguistics, translation, film, critical theories, and a variety of interdisciplinary approaches that reflect the research and teaching interests of our dynamic and professionally active faculty. As a community of active scholars, we strive to offer to all our graduate students the opportunity for intellectual growth, for the development of critical and analytical skills, for the acquisition of a theoretical foundation for their work, and for the attainment of their professional development as teachers. In our M.A. program, we strive to provide our students with a comprehensive knowledge of major fields of expertise in the discipline through a curriculum that will encourage them to learn broadly and think deeply. At the doctoral level, we endeavor to help our students build on that comprehensive knowledge as they strengthen their theoretical framework and achieve a more advanced level of expertise in a chosen area of research in which they will make a contribution to the field through their doctoral dissertations.
The Division of Spanish & Portuguese boasts faculty members who are active researchers and committed teachers. Among them are faculty members who have won prestigious national and international research grants, faculty who have won important research and teaching awards from Texas Tech, faculty who have served as editors of renowned journals in the field, faculty who contribute to the reputation of the graduate program in a variety of vital ways. Our faculty is committed to the growth of the program and to providing the graduate students with the finest graduate education we can offer. Our faculty brings a diversity of research and teaching interests that allow the graduate students in our programs to be exposed to a variety of theoretical and pedagogical approaches.
In the past five years, edited or co-edited in the Division have been Hispania, Monographic Review, Intertexts (all edited or co-edited by graduate faculty in the Division), and Céfiro (a graduate student journal edited by graduate students in Spanish and Portuguese). Some of the journals edited by the faculty members have also provided opportunities for graduate students to gain important professional experience working as editorial assistants on the journals. These journals bring visibility and vitality to the graduate program.
Our faculty members are active researchers who regularly seek both internal and external funding for a myriad of projects. Many of the faculty publish in the top journals in their fields and have published chapters in important edited volumes. All of the publications, conference presentations, and grants help to bring Texas Tech, CMLL, and the Division of Spanish and Portuguese to the attention of researchers in the discipline across the U.S. and, indeed, the world.
We recruit a graduate student population that is a vibrant and diverse mix of native speakers from a wide variety of Spanish-speaking countries and non-native speakers. Our graduate students are an engaging and engaged group, active in the Céfiro student organization, organizing a conference, publishing a journal, organizing a cultural day, and involved in a variety of activities on campus, in addition to their teaching and studies. They have the opportunity to interact with students from many other countries and cultures in the Department and the University.