Texas Tech University

Graduate Studies in Spanish and Portuguese

Welcome to our Graduate Programs!

Texas Tech University offers both an M.A. and Ph.D. in Spanish with two tracks: Literature & Cultural Studies, and Linguistics. In addition, a minor in Portuguese, Applied Linguistics or any other language is strongly encouraged. Our programs balance general training in Spanish language, pedagogy and cultural criticism with specialized research and uphold a firm commitment to professional development and mentoring. We have a dynamic and internationally recognized faculty whose teaching and research cover a wide variety of topics and subdisciplines. Our faculty and students maintain strong ties to a number of programs on the Texas Tech campus such as the Comparative Literature Program, the Medieval and Renaissance Studies Center, Gender and Women's Studies, Media and Communication, the Humanities Center and the Archeological Institute of America.

Financial assistance to graduate students is provided in the form of teaching and research assistantships and instructorships. Additional funding is available in the form of university-wide competitive scholarships from the Texas Tech University Graduate School. Summer teaching assignments may be available to students as well as opportunities to teach in Texas Tech University's Sevilla Study Abroad Program.

Who to Contact

Dr. Bernd Reiter, Director of Spanish and Portuguese Graduate Studies, coordinates the Graduate Program, advises students regarding degree programs, and assists students in making sure that requirements and deadlines are met.

Program Admission

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You will need to apply to the Texas Tech Graduate School. Applicants are strongly encouraged to apply for Fall admission to be considered as graduate part-time instructors.

The priority application deadline for students beginning in the Fall is early January in order to be considered for university-wide fellowships. Applications for the Fall will be accepted until April 1.

If the student has a degree from a U.S. university, the TOEFL and/or IELTS may be waived provided that he/she is proficient in English. Students' English proficiency will be determined by an approved ITA (International Teaching Assistant) staff member through a performance test or a Skype interview. All non-native speakers of English should contact Carla Burrus to comply with TTU requirements.

CMLL Spanish Graduate Manual

More information can be found in the CMLL Spanish Graduate Manual.

The Spanish Literature & Cultural Studies Track

For detailed information on the Spanish Literature & Cultural Studies tracks, click here.

The Hispanic Linguistics Track

The Hispanic Linguistics track provides a rich academic environment in which students have the opportunity to develop the necessary skills to become a competitive professional in the field. Our students can attain either an M.A. or Ph.D., or both. 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 read and think critically. At the doctoral level, we build on that comprehensive knowledge as they become familiar with diverse 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.

Our faculty encourages excellence in scientific research from the beginning of the M.A. and Ph.D. by engaging in collaborative projects with students and other scholars here and abroad that examine questions related to the acquisition of Spanish as a second language, bilingualism, language in contact and language variation, as well as linguistic aspects related to new literacies, technology and heritage language learners. Faculty is known not only for the implementation of diverse research methodologies in their investigation, but also for the development of the research itself and its subsequent publications.

Additionally, this track also places emphasis on instruction for students with an interest in teaching Spanish as a second and as a heritage language. The objective of this program, therefore, is for faculty and students to work collaboratively in order to create research and pedagogical arenas in which ideas can be developed and explored and where students become active participants in this endeavor.

  • For detailed information on the MA in Hispanic Linguistics track, click here.
  • For detailed information on the PhD in Hispanic Linguistics track, click here.

The Spanish Doctoral Program

The mission of the Spanish doctoral program at Texas Tech University is to enable graduate students to fully appreciate the languages, literatures and cultures of Latin America, the Caribbean, Iberia and the Latino, Chicano and Latinx United States. Our global and interdisciplinary approaches explore the Luso-Hispanic cultures of the past and present through courses in linguistics, literature, film, cultural studies and critical theory. Our graduate students actively engage in their fields of study and learn to apply their knowledge in a variety of ways such as teaching, producing peer-reviewed scholarship and becoming multilingual professionals in and outside of academia.

Spanish Doctoral Program Description

With expert mentoring from renowned faculty, doctoral students in Spanish master the key concepts of cultural studies, literary and film studies, linguistics, second language acquisition, applied linguistics, digital humanities, just to name a few of the areas of strength the program enjoys.

Our alumni have found teaching positions, research positions, translation work and job opportunities in diplomatic service, government, and international business as well as academia. Our doctoral students are open-minded and culturally aware professionals ready to make a difference in an ever-changing world.

The literature and cultural studies curriculum promotes the study of the production, distribution, and reception of texts, either written or visual (photography, films, visual narratives); the study of their structures and functions; and the study of the internal and external forces that shape our understanding of the Luso-Hispanic world.

The linguistics curriculum promotes interdisciplinary approaches to several areas of investigation: second-language acquisition, instructional approaches to second and heritage language learning and second language multiliteracies; heritage language research; psycholinguistics, sociolinguistics, phonetics / phonology, bilingualism, and languages in contact.

The Portuguese Minor

Graduate students in Spanish should consider minoring in Portuguese as the Luso-Brazilian languages, literatures and cultures share many similarities with those of Spanish America. Coursework in Portuguese will enhance students' understanding and appreciation of all Latin America and the Iberian Peninsula.

At the M.A. level, a minor in Portuguese is obtained by taking 6 hours of coursework, or 9 hours if Portuguese is an exam area. At the Ph.D. level, students need 15-18 hours of coursework with the possibility of earning a teaching certificate.

For detailed information on Portuguese, click here.

Seville Teaching Award

  • For detailed information on the Seville Teaching Award, click here.

Job Placements


Hispanic Literature & Cultural Studies:

David Foshee, Assistant Professor of Spanish (Simpson College)


Hispanic Literature & Cultural Studies:

Gema Vela, Assistant Professor of Spanish (Middle Tennessee State University)


Hispanic Literature & Cultural Studies:

Manuel Marin Gonzalez, Lecturer (Angelo State University) 

Arturo Ramirez Martinez, Secondary Education Teacher (The Pine School) 


Hispanic Linguistics:

Ana Rodríguez Padial, Lecturer (Kennesaw University)

Vicente Iranzo, Assistant Professor of Spanish and Translation (Weber State University)

Cheryl Maqueda, Associate Professor (William Carey University)

Hispanic Literature & Cultural Studies:

Gustavo Costa


Hispanic Literature & Cultural Studies:

Jesús Ramírez Méndez, Director of the World Languages Division and Interpreting Program, (College of Saint Mary)

Mónica Fernández Martins, Visiting Assistant Professor of Spanish, Marian University


Hispanic Literature & Cultural Studies:

Janie Covarrubias, Assistant Professor of Spanish (tenure-track), William Carey University

Michael Martínez, Assistant Professor of Spanish (tenure-track), Minnesota State University

Rubén Varona, Assistant Professor of Spanish (tenure-track), Lycoming College

Hispanic Linguistics:

Josh Prada, Assistant Professor of Applied Linguistics (tenure-track), Indiana University-Purdue


Hispanic Literature & Cultural Studies:

Julio César Pérez Méndez, Assistant Professor (tenure-track), Corporación Universitaria del Caribe, Colombia

Rolando Díaz, Associate Professor of Spanish (Chair), Southeastern Oklahoma SU


Hispanic Literature & Cultural Studies:

John Baron, Instructor of Spanish, University of Texas at Arlington

María Alejandra Cerdas-Cisneros, Associate Professor of Spanish , Missouri State University

Catherine Grissom, Dean of Christian Education and Instructor, Texas Bible College

Martine Price, Instructor of Spanish, University of North Texas


Hispanic Literature & Cultural Studies:

Susan Villanueva Egui, Instructor of Spanish & Instructional Designer in Austin, TX

Yuriko Ikeda, Assistant Professor of Spanish (tenure-track), Marian University – Indianapolis

Edith Lozano Pozos, Adjunct Professor of Spanish, South Plains College

Sara Pink, Director of TTU Center in Sevilla, Spain

Heath Wing, Assistant Professor of Spanish (tenure-track), North Dakota State

Hispanic Linguistics:

Laura Valentín Rivera, Assistant Professor of Spanish (tenure-track), Kansas State University


Hispanic Literature & Cultural Studies:

Maria Arciniega, Spanish Teacher, Friendship High School (Lubbock)

Jonathan Deen, Senior Administrator, TTU Center in Sevilla, Spain

Ruben Galve Rivera, Assistant Professor of Spanish (tenure-track), Missouri Southern State University

Daniel W. Hopkins, Assistant Professor of Spanish, Tarrant County Community College

Sabrina Laroussi, Associate Professor of Spanish, Virginia Military Institute

Abraham Mata Lozano, Assistant Professor (tenure-track), Lubbock Christian College

Rodrigo Pereyra, Assistant Professor of Spanish (tenure-track), Southern Louisiana University


Hispanic Literature & Cultural Studies:

Brenda Adcock, Assistant Professor (tenure-track), Evangel University

Vanessa Rodríguez De la Vega, Associate Professor, Missouri State University

Mara Vaughn, Adjunct Professor, University of North Texas

The Spanish Literature & Cultural Studies Track

For detailed information on the Spanish Literature & Cultural Studies tracks, click here.

CMLL Spanish Program

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