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Department of Spanish, Portuguese & Latin American Studies

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Obra "Pintura" del pintor uruguayo Joaquín Torres García.   |   Credit: By Joaquín Torres García (1874-1949) (Museo Nacional de Artes Visuales de Uruguay) (Public domain)

Welcome Bienvenidos and Welcome! We encourage you to explore this website, and better yet, to come visit us when you can. The Department of Spanish, Portuguese, and Latin American Studies is dedicated to the research and teaching of the literatures, cultures and languages of the Spanish and Portuguese speaking worlds. We offer a full range of undergraduate courses in two majors: Spanish and Portuguese, and Latin American Studies. Our faculty are researchers and teachers with world-wide recognition and work directly with students to achieve their academic goals. In addition, the Spanish Resource Center calls our department home with a collection of Spanish literature, film, and music that is available to the Rice community. The SRC sponsors K-12 outreach programs on language instruction throughout the Houston area and co-sponsors cultural and academic events in partnership with us. Please note that we will regularly post events that you might find interesting. These events are always open to the public, so make us one of your bookmarks.



Humanities’ Anita Norwig honored by Rice Board of Trustees

The Rice Board of Trustees honored Anita Norwig, assistant dean of Rice’s School of Humanities, at the May 18 meeting for her 20 years of commendable service to Rice.

Senior Aaron Huang awarded Thomas R. Pickering Foreign Affairs...

Baker College senior Aaron Huang was awarded a 2017 Thomas R. Pickering Foreign Affairs Fellowship.

Rice’s Makdisi named Berlin Prize Fellow

The American Academy in Berlin has named Ussama Makdisi a Berlin Prize Fellow, an honor which includes a semesterlong fellowship in Berlin. Makdisi, the Arab-American Educational Foundation Professor of Arab Studies in History and professor of history, will spend spring 2018 studying sectarianism in the modern Middle East.


Thu, Apr 27 5:30 pm
117 Anderson Hall
Sat, May 6 8:00 am
123 & 113 Rayzor Hall
Fri, May 26 9:00 am
129 Herring Hall