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Please be advised that the Department of Spanish and Portuguese is no longer offering this Spanish major. View the Iberian and Latin American Languages and Cultures major for information on the new major and curriculum.

The Spanish major consists of 27 semester hours of upper division course work. Faculty in the Department of Spanish and Portuguese teach a broad spectrum of Literatures, Linguistics, and Cultures from Mexico, Central and South America, the Caribbean, Spain, and Spanish-speaking Africa.

Our diverse and interdisciplinary research and teaching interests extend far beyond the traditional fields of theoretical and applied linguistics, national literatures, and languages to embrace cultural studies, indigenous studies, bilingualism, gender and sexuality studies, Afro-diasporic cultures, trans-Atlantic studies, translation studies, intellectual history, popular culture, religion, prose fiction, film, media, drama, performance, and poetry.

The Department of Spanish and Portuguese is committed to fomenting a deep and complex understanding of the heterogenous cultures we research and teach, from their earliest inceptions on the Iberian Peninsula and in the Americas, to their most current linguistic and cultural manifestations in Europe, Africa, and the Americas. The value of this knowledge cannot be underestimated, particularly in light of phenomena ranging from the economic boom in Brazil, to the profound political and social changes in Ecuador, Bolivia, Chile, Spain, Guatemala, the Caribbean, and Mexico, to the rapidly growing percentage of U.S. citizens of Portuguese or Hispanic heritage in the United States, and especially in Texas.

Declare This Major

Spanish majors must first meet with a Spanish and Portuguese advisor. There is no formal application process. For more information, visit the student affairs page on how to declare a major.

Prospective University of Texas at Austin students should visit UT Admissions to learn about the application process and how to declare a major.

Required Courses

Visit the Spanish degree plan to learn more about the required courses for the Spanish major in the College of Liberal Arts.

For additional information, view degree requirements and course descriptions.


All Spanish majors take courses under the categories of grammar, writing, Hispanic linguistics, literature, and civilization. However, the amount of coursework taken in each category depends on the student's chosen concentration. For students who do not have a proclivity toward literature, linguistics, or teaching and are looking for a "general" Spanish degree plan, the Hispanic Studies plan is usually the most appropriate choice.

Concentrations in Spanish:

  • Hispanic Linguistics
  • Hispanic Studies
  • Language Teaching
  • Hispanic Literature

The Language Teaching concentration in Spanish is designed to complement the UTeach-Liberal Arts certification program.

Students interested in teaching certification outside of the UTeach program may view additional information on teacher certification in the College of Education.

What can I do with this major?

Wondering how you'd turn this major into a career? Remember: your major does not always determine your career path. Career counseling and assessments at the Vick Center can help you explore.

Major ≠ Career

Graduates with this major pursue many different careers, depending on their interests and experiences. Make yourself more marketable by complementing this major with part-time work, volunteering, internships, a certificate program, or graduate school.

Experience + Degree = Career

The Career Service Offices in your college can help you with internships and jobs. They work closely with employers to help students prepare for career opportunities. Read a few inspiring stories by professionals whose experiences led to great careers.


The students in the Spanish major either start with or develop a passion for the Spanish language and the cultures of Spain or Spanish America (Mexico, Central and South America). They are language learners for the sake of developing their skills beyond the required foreign language requirements. Spanish majors desire a more meaningful and thorough immersion in grammar and writing, literature and culture. Many engage in a study abroad experience, especially in the faculty-led programs.


The mission of the Department of Spanish and Portuguese is to educate and train students to develop new knowledge about the languages, literatures and cultures of the Latin American and Iberian regions, their related diaspora, and their Indigenous, African, and Afro-descendant cultures. Students in the Spanish major will acquire the competence to engage in critical discussions of major trends in their field of study, and to apply this knowledge in meaningful endeavors.