About the Department

The Department of Spanish and Portuguese Studies is dedicated to the study of the languages, literatures and cultures of Spain, Latin America and the Lusophone worlds, as well as Latina/o populations in the United States. To continue with our tradition of excellence, in recent years our department has hired a group of young scholars who publish cutting-edge research in their fields. 

Our faculty's areas of expertise include performance and politics in Portuguese popular traditions; Lusophone African literature and culture; Brazilian literature and documentary film; modern and contemporary Iberian literature, theater, history and culture, mainly the Spanish and Catalan traditions; Latino/a culture and literature; Latino bilingualism; bilingual language acquisition; Spanish and Basque linguistics; contemporary Latin American literature and film; Iberian/Ibero-American civilizations; literatures and cultures of the Hispanic Caribbean, and oral histories of the Ironbound area of Newark.

Our courses are broadly conceived. While we offer literature courses that study literary periods and genres, we also offer courses that place literature in relation to its political, cultural and historical processes, and its relation with other arts, including visual arts broadly understood. A capstone of this educational view are recent courses taught by our faculty such as: Latino Bilingualism; Oral History of the Ironbound; Performing the Nation in Portugal and Brazil; Journalism in Hispanic Literature; The Spanish Civil War in the Cultural Memory: Literature, Theater and Art; Catalan and Galician Literature in Translation; Gangs in Brazilian Literature and Film; The Mexican Revolution; US Hispanic Latino Literature; Slavery, Race and the Black Experience in Latin American Literature, among others. 


Hispanic Honor Society

NATIONAL COLLEGIATE HISPANIC HONOR SOCIETY: SIGMA DELTA PI   A student majoring in Spanish who has fulfilled the requirements for the major with a minimum average of 3.5 or better and has a 3.25 cumulative average may be eligible for election to CHI EPSILON, #532, the Newark Chapter of SIGMA DELTA PI (NATIONAL SPANISH HONOR SOCIETY). Sigma Delta Pi (Chi Epsilon 532)National Collegiate Hispanic Honor Society, www.sigmadeltapi.org


Cappello Family Scholarship

The Cappello Family Scholarship is available to a Spanish Major.  For more information, contact the Department of Spanish and Portuguese Studies, Conklin Hall, 430. 

Recent Cappello Scholarship Recipients

Joseline Lantingua:  2017 - Major in Spanish

Victoria Silverio:  2016 - Major in Spanish

Cristina Cornier:  2015 - Major in Spanish

Jessica Kustra:  2014 - Major in Spanish

Josefa González:  2012-2013 - Major in Spanish 

Evelyn Bardales:  2011-2012 - Major in Spanish and Minor in Psychology


The Israel S. Stamm Memorial Prize

The Israel S. Stamm Memorial Prize is available to students studying two modern languages.  For more information, contact the Department of Spanish and Portuguese Studies, Conklin Hall 430.


Luso-American Fraternal Association Endowed Scholarship

The Luso-American Fraternal Association Endowed Scholarship is available to a Portuguese Major. For more information, stop by the Department of Spanish and Portuguese Studies, Conklin Hall, 430.

Recent Luso-American Fraternal Association Endowed Scholarship Recipients 

Celina Costa - 2015


Study Abroad

STUDY ABROAD opportunities are available at Rutgers for a Junior Year in Mexico or Spain, as well as Summer Programs in Spain and Peru. Study Abroad offers students an extraordinary cultural opportunity to experience first hand the ways of life in Peru, Spain and Mexico, to meet their peers in Hispanic universities and to develop further their linguistic and cultural fluency. For the Summer Program at the University of Salamanca, contact Vivian Vega ( 848-932-6804).  For the Summer Program in Cusco, Peru, please contact the director, Rosy Ruiz (rruiz @ spanport.rutgers.edu), the Study Abroad website (globaleducation.rutgers.edu) 848-932-7787.   You may also check at Conklin Rm. 430 for further information on all programs.