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Information for Undergraduates


Departmental Representative: Germán Labrador Méndez; Fall semester office hours: Thursdays 3:00-4:30pm and by appointment                                           

Undergraduate Administrator:  Beth Heisler

Director of Spanish Language Program: Alberto Bruzos
Associate Directors of Spanish Lang. Program: Sylvia Zetterstrand; Dunia Catalina Méndez Vallejo
Director of Portuguese Language Program: Nicola Cooney


The Department of Spanish and Portuguese Languages and Cultures offers a liberal arts major in Spanish and/or Portuguese designed to give students a thorough grounding in the language, literature, and cultures. Students are encouraged to complement their courses in Spanish or Portuguese with related and varied courses in other literatures, as well as in art history, anthropology, sociology, comparative literature, and other humanities subjects.

In addition to serving as the focus for an education in liberal arts, the Spanish or the Portuguese concentration can be the basis for graduate or professional study. In mostly small classes and seminars, allowing extensive student/teacher interaction, students become equipped to take up careers in many walks of life, including journalism, business, law, government service, and international affairs. For non-majors, the department offers a rich set of language, literature and culture courses, from introductory to very advanced. It also offers a popular certificate program, allowing the study of Spanish and Portuguese to be combined with concentration in history, architecture, English, politics, or any other subject available at Princeton.

Alumni News

Ashley Evelyn '13 will be starting the PhD program in History at Rice University in August. Her main field will be Latin American and Caribbean History, and she will be doing a special dual-PhD program between Rice University and the Universidade Estadual de Campinas in São Paulo.

Flora Thomson-DeVeaux '13, winner of the Martin Dale Fellowship, will follow writer's footsteps across the Americas.  Read more...

Avion Tai '10 will join Harvard Law School in September.