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Information for Undergraduates

Departmental Representative: Germán Labrador Méndez. Please email. Office hours are 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.

What does majoring in languages and cultures in a globalized world and increasingly diverse country mean today?

Read Alumni News for insight and updates from our former concentrators who are applying their knowledge and skills to a wide range of pursuits.