Students majoring in Spanish and Portuguese pursue the development of academic scholarship focused on the literature and cultures of the Portuguese- and Spanish-speaking nations of the world and on Spanish and Portuguese linguistics. The program stresses linguistic competence, interdisciplinary study, and a transnational perspective on Spanish, Latin America and Brazilian literature and culture. Courses are offered on the novel, poetry, the essay, film, art, cultural theory, translation, and gender. To that effect, our department provides Rice students with a comprehensive professional program of studies focused on the development of critical thinking through faculty-guided academic research, experiential learning opportunities, (internships and study abroad), and the opportunity to choose from a variety of innovative academic courses.
Among the various academic and professional competencies developed by students majoring in Spanish and Portuguese, we highlight the following:
Image: ARTstor Collection, Monastery of Santa Maria de Alcobaca, commissioned by Afonso Henriques, Monastery founded in 1153, church completed in 1252.