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Café Series
Want to practice your Spanish, Portuguese or Catalan? Visit one of our conversation sessions. All Café Series events are located in the Herter 4th floor lounge.


Integrative Experience
Have you heard of our Integrative Experience? This new program contemplates either study abroad or service learning for all of our majors.


Spanish & Health Certificate
Are you a health professional? The Spanish & Portuguese Program and the College of Nursing are sponsoring a new certificate program in Spanish Health.


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Spanish & Portuguese
Department of Languages, Literatures and Cultures
University of Massachusetts
email: spanport@umass.edu
416 Herter Hall
Amherst, MA 01003
Phone: (413) 545-2887
Fax: (413) 545-3178

Undergraduate Program Contact:
Mary Ellen White Maynard
Email: maynard@umass.edu
Phone: (413) 545-2807

Graduate Program Contact:
Leah Dodson
Email: ldodson@spanport.umass.edu
Phone: (413) 545-0544



The Spanish and Portuguese programs are designed to enable students to attain the linguistic, cultural and literary knowledge necessary to understand the Spanish and Portuguese speaking worlds. Acquaintance with the many cultures and languages of these worlds has become essential in this age of global communications and the internationalization of economic, political, cultural and social life.

Every year, more than 2000 students take our Portuguese and Spanish Undergraduate Courses. We offer elementary, intermediate and advanced classes, as well as intensive language courses, business Spanish online, and Portuguese language online. Besides Spanish and Portuguese, we are the only public university in New England to offer a Catalan Minor.

Our major and minor Undergraduate Programs in Spanish and Portuguese combine the study of language, literature, culture and linguistics. However we also offer courses in the cinema of the Spanish and Portuguese speaking worlds. Our undergraduate students can choose from different international programs, completing their course requirements with credits earned by studying abroad, or enroll into the Thatcher House and experience full integration here on campus. We also offer a wide array of activities such as the Café Series and the recently developed Undergraduate Research Program.

At any given point, we have around 60 students enrolled in our Graduate Programs that lead towards M.A. and Ph.D degrees. Our programs allow students to specialize in one of the following areas:
Hispanic Linguistics
Lusophone Literatures and Cultures
Hispanic Literatures and Cultures
Furthermore, our students have the opportunity to take courses within other departments here at UMass, taking advantage of many graduate certificate programs, but also benefit from the close relationships built within the Five College Interchange.

We believe that the study and appreciation of the diverse and dynamic cultural heritage of the hundreds of millions of Spanish and Portuguese speakers in the Americas, Europe and Africa, including the various Latino communities in the United States, has intrinsic value and is central to a comprehensive liberal arts education.