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Department of Spanish, Portuguese & Latin American Studies

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Obra "Pintura" del pintor uruguayo Joaqu√≠n Torres Garc√≠a.   |   Credit: By Joaqu√≠n Torres Garc√≠a (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.
Catalonia lecture flyer

Upcoming April 30, 2018 Event:   5:15pm Sewall Hall 309


"The Management of Catalonia’s History Throughout the XX Century
and Its Significance in Contemporary Politics


Lectures by Josep Lluis Martin Berbois, PhD; Oriol Duenas Iturbe, PhD;and Mayte Duarte Seguer.

English translation of the Spanish lectures will be provided.

Reception to follow.



Ratnoff honored with Bloomberg Award

Each year, Rice University honors a graduating senior who exemplifies the values and ideals of the commencement speaker.

Toasting Rice’s creative young researchers

The new Welcome Center in Sewall Hall was packed May 11 for a reception toasting the recipients of the honor of Distinction in Research and Creative Work.

4 Rice University graduates receive Fulbright grants

Four Rice University graduates have received 2018 Fulbright grants to study, teach and/or conduct research in a foreign country.