The Department of Languages, Literatures and Cultures at the University of Massachusetts Amherst offers a graduate program in Hispanic Literatures and Cultures leading to the M.A. and the Ph.D. degrees. Through a broad range of courses on Spanish, Latin American and US Latina/o literatures and cultures, the M.A. program provides students with tools of literary analysis and offers them the option either to be trained as generalists who will be able to teach a variety of topics, or to specialize in two areas of interest (a major and a minor). In the Ph.D. program students are trained to become scholars in one of five areas of specialization: Medieval/Golden Age Spanish Literature and Culture; Modern Spanish Literature and Culture; Spanish American Literature and Culture from the Encounter to 1820; Spanish American Literature and Culture from 1820 to the Present; or U.S. Latino/a Literature and Culture.
Some of our students may also choose a personalized course of study in the Literatures and Cultures of both the Spanish and Portuguese speaking worlds. Our faculty members are specialists in diverse research fields such as the cultural history and literature of colonial Latin America; early 20th century Mexico; the literature and culture of the Mexican Revolution; Chicana/o studies; borders, diaspora and migration studies; Latin American modern poetry; Caribbean literatures and cultures; feminist theory and gender studies; 19th and 20th century Spanish narrative; Spanish cultural studies; and film studies, Iberian Studies, the Digital Humanities, and Catalan Literature and Culture, among others.