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Welcome to The Department of Spanish, Italian and Portuguese at The Pennsylvania State University! 

The Department of Spanish, Italian and Portuguese at The Pennsylvania State University is at the forefront of literary, linguistic and cultural studies in the United States.  The Department's Literature Program has a long tradition of advancing diverse and interdisciplinary studies that intersect with broader transnational and transatlantic discourses.  The Literature Program promotes dialogues with other fields and disciplines through Afro-Hispanic Studies, U.S. Latino Studies, Early Modern/Modern Studies, Comparative Literature, Literary Theory, Inter-Art, Film, and Cultural Studies.   

The Department also houses a Hispanic Linguistics Program considered one of the top in the nation.  Scholars in the Linguistics Program play a central role in the cross-disciplinary Center for Language Science, and the increasing methodological sophistication of the program's experimental research provides a transformative model for Hispanic Linguistics programs. 

Both our Literature Program and our Hispanic Linguistics Program have outstanding undergraduate and graduate programs.  With a strong core faculty representing several fields and specializations, our students have the opportunity to fully explore their interests while gaining a foundational preparation in their areas of specialization.  The Department has established an excellent placement record for its graduate students.   

The Department of Spanish, Italian and Portuguese at The Pennsylvania State University is committed to excellence in innovative and interdisciplinary approaches to the study and understanding of languages, literatures and cultures. 

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