Fields of Graduate Study

Hispanic Linguistics

The Hispanic Linguistics Program at The Ohio State University offers one of the most distinguished and comprehensive Graduate programs in the nation. Ohio State is one of the largest research universities in the United States and there are many resources on our campus to support the study of Hispanic Linguistics from distinct perspectives. Specifically, OSU has nationally ranked Departments of Linguistics, Psychology, Philosophy, Speech and Hearing Sciences as well as a Center for Cognitive Sciences. Students and faculty enjoy the benefits of the 9 million volume OSU library as well as state of the art research and instructional facilities.

Iberian Studies

The Iberian Studies program of the Department of Spanish and Portuguese at The Ohio State University draws on the deep historical interconnections between the literatures and cultures of the Iberian Peninsula, and explores Iberian global networks of exchange from the Middle Ages to modernity and post modernity. Iberian Studies is synonymous with mobility and crossings, from an ethnically diverse medieval Spain to a far-flung Spanish Empire during the seventeenth century; from engagement with the Ottoman Empire in the sixteenth-century Mediterranean World to commercial rivalries on the early modern Atlantic;  from Portugal’s oceanic and African slaving and trading ventures to Galician emigrations across the Atlantic; from Catalan trade on the Mediterranean to contemporary conflicts over autonomous regional languages. In consonance with this wide net of cultural exchanges, our program is intrinsically linked to issues of multilingualism that account for course offerings in Spanish, Portuguese, and other Iberian languages.

Latin American Cultural and Literary Studies

The Latin American Cultural and Literary Studies Program at The Ohio State University offers one of the most distinguished and comprehensive MA and PhD programs in Latin American cultural studies in the nation. The program promotes an understanding of the ways in which Latin/@ American cultural production and practices—understood in a broad sense and including literature, performance, film, and music—interface with larger social, economic, political, and historical processes.  As one of the largest public research universities in the United States, Ohio State offers many resources to support the study of Latin American cultures and literatures from different perspectives—most notably, the Center for Latin American Studies (CLAS), which is home to 112 faculty members among 9 colleges and 32 departments.  CLAS offers a Master of Arts in Latin American Studies as well as FLAS Fellowships for undergraduates and graduates studying Portuguese or Quechua.

Studies of the Portuguese-Speaking World

The Department of Spanish and Portuguese at The Ohio State University is pleased to announce a new M.A. and Ph.D. program in the interdisciplinary study of the Portuguese-speaking world (Brazil, Portugal, Lusophone Africa and Lusophone Asia), with particular emphasis on the literatures and cultures of these regions.  The program emphasizes comparative connections not only among Portuguese-speaking regions, but also between Portuguese-speaking countries and other regions of the world, including Spanish America and Spain. Through a set of core, foundational courses as well as the flexibility to take courses outside of the department on the Portuguese-speaking world and in related areas of interest, the program will offer both depth and breadth of training to students arriving with a B.A. or M.A. in Portuguese or in a related field, such as Latin American Studies, Spanish, Comparative Literature or Romance Languages and Literatures.

Latino LCL

Latino Literatures, Cultures, & Languages is an interdisciplinary specialization within the Spanish and Portuguese Department with an Americas-based, hemispheric purview. Courses consider the shaping of Mexican-American/Chicano, Brazuca, Puerto Rican, Cuban American, Caribbean, and Central/South American communities within the United States as informed by histories, languages, and cultures of the Américas.

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