The Department of Spanish and Portuguese at The Ohio State University continues a long and distinguished tradition that makes it one of the premier comprehensive graduate programs in the country. The Department offers Integrated M.A./Ph.D. programs in:
- Hispanic Linguistics
- Iberian Studies
- Latin American Cultural and Literary Studies
- Studies of the Portuguese-speaking World
It also offers minors in film studies, Latino studies, literary and cultural theory, folklore, and other exciting fields, reflecting the interdisciplinary approach to research of our faculty and students, who frequently take courses outside the Department. Our faculty members and graduate students pursue a great variety of research interests within these fields. Faculty members maintain active research programs and are at the same time committed to excellence in instruction, as attested by numerous teaching awards won in recent years. Similarly, our students are recognized for their teaching, invited to present their work at conferences, awarded FLAS and Fulbright-Hayes fellowships and internal and external grants to conduct research.
Our graduate students are normally fully funded during the 5-year degree program through support in the form of a Graduate Teaching Associateship, University Fellowships, etc. Furthermore, the Department offers GAANN Fellowships (Graduate Assistance in Areas of National Need) as part of a federally funded program designed to assist students of superior ability who demonstrate financial need in obtaining a PhD in Spanish or Portuguese.
Devin Grammon, Ph.D. Candidate
The Ohio State University campus is one of the most extensive in the country, and provides many facilities for cultural and academic activities, in addition to outstanding opportunities for research. The University Library ranks among the top fifteen university libraries in the nation, and is comprised of a number of specialized, satellite libraries, in addition to the main library. The Hispanic collection is strong in all areas, with many specialized holdings, rare books, and manuscripts. There is an Iberian and Latin American Studies Reading Room, and a strong collection in general and Romance linguistics. The library is equipped with a comprehensive computer-based circulation and catalog system, and offers all advanced bibliographical tools essential for research, including the OhioLINK system that unifies all research libraries in Ohio.
Graduate students in the Department of Spanish and Portuguese have opportunities to live, work, and do research abroad through participation in various international programs. Through the auspices of The Ohio State Office of International Affairs, investigation and study opportunities are available at universities in Costa Rica, Peru, Brazil and Portugal, as well as in several other countries. More information can be found here.
It may be of interest to you to know, that Columbus, the home of The Ohio State University, is now the largest city in Ohio, the metropolitan area population having grown to some 1,500,000 inhabitants in recent years. In addition to its several major league sports teams, the city offers many entertainment and cultural attractions, including excellent theater and dance, a lively arts scene, and music performances that range from classical to jazz, folk to hip-hop, and pop to rock. Among the many galleries and museums found in Columbus is the Columbus Museum of Art, the award-winning Center of Science and Industry, the Ohio History Center, and Ohio State University's own Wexner Center for the Arts, renowned for its exhibitions of contemporary art and for its sponsorship of performances of all kinds.