¡Bienvenidos, bem vindos!

In the USC Dornsife Department of Spanish and Portuguese, we believe that the study of other languages is essential for the twenty-first-century global citizen.  Immersion in another language fundamentally shapes the way one thinks.  From the first day students begin to study Spanish they are “studying culture.” As a result, we teach culture in our language courses and continue to build language skills throughout the undergraduate curriculum. For more on the Department and Spanish and Portuguese’s learning objectives, click HERE.

Why learn Spanish and Portuguese?  Why major or minor in Spanish at USC?

Connect with more than 400 million speakers of Spanish worldwide, including almost 40 million in the United States. Capitalize on the growing importance of Brazil and other Portuguese-speaking areas of the world economy. Immerse yourself in some of the world’s most exciting cultural hubs, such as Buenos Aires and Madrid, or study issues of migration in Valencia, all cities where we have summer programs.

Expand your professional skills with linguistic and cultural proficiencies and the ability to think critically about global problems and opportunities. Experience the intellectual challenge of linguistic and literary theories, and the workings of literature and film from Cervantes and Sor Juana to Borges and Almodóvar.

And where better to study the realms of Spanish and Portuguese than in Los Angeles, one of the largest Spanish-speaking cities in the world and, arguably, one of the capitals of Latin American culture?

"One of the best opportunities I had was studying abroad in Santiago, Chile, for five months.  I not only had an incredible host family that taught me much Spanish (and chilenismos) but I studied in the top universities in the country." Martin Hodis '12

"Since I am bilingual, I have a large number of monolingual Spanish speakers on my patient panel; I spend about 50% of my workday speaking Spanish. Spanish-speaking doctors, let alone psychiatrists, are surprisingly scarce, and are very much in demand."  Vanessa Lauzon '04

Professor Parra Receives Mentoring Award

Professor Andrea Parra, Associate Professor (Teaching) of Spanish and the Acting Director of the Basic Language Program, received the USC Mentoring Award this past April 6th from Vice Provost Elizabeth Graddy. Congratulations Andrea!

Spanish and Portuguese Achievement Award winners announced

These are the winners for the Spring 2016 of the Spanish and Portuguese Achievement Award:

- Yao Guo: Span 150
- Alex Pham: Span 220
- Ioan Morchiladze: Span 240
- Maia Lopes-Gilbert: Port 150



Community Service Award 2015-16 winners

Award that recognizes and celebrates the commitment and efforts of students participating in Community Outreach Programs. These are the winners:

Lingua Franca, William Nguen
Feliz en Español, ‪Hakop Ter-Akopyan
Spanish Brigades, ‪Keiko Kang
JEP, James Tyner 


Premiere of play by professor Gomez Glez

The play NUMBERS by Mar Gómez Glez premiering at Newark on December 2nd. Clich here for more information.

Brazil Maymester 2016

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Madrid Summer Program 2016

May 23–July 16 2016

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Professor Graff Zivin's book receives award

Professor Erin Graff Zivin received the 2015 Award for Best Book from the Latin American Jewish Studies Association for her book Figurative Inquisitions: Conversion, Torture and Truth in the Luso-Hispanic Atlantic (Northwestern UP, 2014).

Professor Gomez Glez's book receives recognitions

Professor Mar Gomez Glez's book La edad ganada has received numerous recognitions this year. For instance, on June 11 it was selected as one of the 5 indispensable readings of the Feria del Libro de Madrid. Also, April 21 it was selected by the Spanish newspaper "El confidencial" as one of the 19 books of the year that can shake society.

Professor Portnoy received a grant from the USC Good Neighbors program

Professor Sarah Portnoy received a grant from the USC Good Neighbors program to represent USC as the USC Partner during the 2015-16 academic year. She will be working with Proyecto Jardín in Boyle Heights to develop a mobile farm stand as part of their Youth Heal project. It is a program that works with at-risk 16-24 year olds. Her students during both semesters will be working on this project in different aspects. There will also be opportunities for other Spanish students to be involved and use their Spanish and volunteer with families in Boyle Heights through the garden.

Professor Saltarelli awarded capstone grant

Professor Mario Saltarelli has been awarded a capstone  grant  by the Provost for the Spring of 2016 to continue his work titled "Polysemy and Linear Order: The Isometry of Syntax."

Professor Gomez Glez co-writes play

Professor Gomez Glez was one of the 9 playwrights that wrote the play "Calderón Cadáver" that premiered in Almagro Off on July 13, 2015, and then was performed in Madrid Frinje and in the Experimental Classical Theater Festival at Nave 73 (Madrid).

Prof. Martin Ocón-Gamarra Receives Award


Prof. Martin Ocon-Gamarra for receiving 2015 Professor of Color Recognition Awardhosted by the Asian Pacific American Student Assembly (APASA) and the Academic Culture Assembly (ACA) of Undergraduate Student Government’s Program Board.



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