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About Our Department

Originally established as part of a department of Romance Languages, Hispanic Languages and Literature became an autonomous department in 1970, reflecting the growing impact and intellectual vitality of Hispanic cultures both internationally and within the U.S. Our undergraduate and graduate programs are designed to serve a broad constituency of students with courses devoted to the language, linguistics, and literary and visual cultures of Spain, Latin America and Latino communities in the United States. Because so many facets of American life — business, industry, commerce, communications media, the arts, science, and technology — have become truly international in scope, many career opportunities exist for persons with language skills and knowledge of other cultures.

At the undergraduate level Hispanic Studies attracts students as a core Humanities major that challenges them to develop their critical and analytic skills while acquiring linguistic and cultural proficiency in the third largest “global language.” A student majoring in Spanish could begin preparation for a career in any of these fields as well as in teaching. A student minoring in Spanish could combine such studies with plans for governmental service, international business, the health professions, or a major in another language and literature.

Our graduate degree programs, the MA and PhD in Spanish and Latin American Literature and Culture and the MAT in Spanish education, serve a diverse range of students with innovative curricula appropriate to their backgrounds and professional goals.

Our faculty work closely with students at all levels and maintain active research agendas that inform their teaching and mentoring of students. The   2010 NRC  report puts us in the top quartile in research productivity and our across the board scores identify us as the premiere public doctoral program in Spanish in New York State.

Since 2002 Stony Brook University has been a member of the   Inter University Doctoral Consortium, which enables advanced doctoral students in the arts and sciences to take courses that are unavailable locally at partner institutions. The Consortium includes Columbia University, CUNY, Fordham University, New School University, New York University, Princeton University, Rutgers University, the Teacher's College of Columbia University and Stony Brook.

Stony Brook University is also a member of the   OCLC Research Library Partnership  (formerly the Research Libraries Group) that allows our students, staff and faculty with current ID cards to enter and use many major libraries in the United States, Canada and abroad. In our geographical region, other libraries in the program include: Columbia, NYU, The New York Public Library, The New School, American Museum of Natural History, Metropolitan Museum of Art, Museum of Modern Art, New-York Historical Society, Cornell, Princeton, Rutgers, The University of Pennsylvania, and Yale.