Prospective Students

Meet our Spanish and Portuguese Majors and Alumni

Majoring in Spanish and Portuguese can take you where you want to go!

The Department of Spanish and Portuguese prepares students for success in the interconnected, global world of the 21st century. Spanish and Portuguese are spoken in the Americas, Europe, Asia, and Africa, and in vibrant heritage communities right here in our home state of New Jersey. Our programs are designed to inspire and guide every student in the study of language and culture, from the masterworks of literature to advanced linguistics to translation and interpreting. Our faculty bring teaching and research excellence from across the humanities and social sciences, with expertise in areas such as cognitive psychology, bilingualism, literary environmentalism, and contemporary cinema. Students explore a broad array of knowledge, acquire a range of skills, and chart their own unique direction.


Spanish is a dynamic, challenging major where you encounter new ideas and explore many different disciplines,” says Rebecca, a senior. “At the same time, this department is so welcoming and warm. I know all of my professors by first and last name."

Study Spanish and Portuguese

  • Study Spanish and Portuguese
  • Study Spanish, the language of more than 20 countries
  • Travel on three continents from the Inca trails to the Iberian inns
  • Speak Spanish or Portuguese at home? Now study the literature, culture, and history of your heritage 

The Department of Spanish and Portuguese is part of the School of Arts and Sciences

As an Spanish or Portuguese major in the School of Arts and Sciences, you’ll have full access to a liberal arts education that spans 47 programs for undergraduates. You will acquire both the specialized knowledge of the field you choose to study in depth, and broad knowledge of the world from the renowned scholar-teachers at Rutgers. You’ll graduate ready to meet contemporary challenges in your workplace, in your hometown, and in the global community.

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