Graduate Program in Hispanic Languages and Literatures
The graduate program in Hispanic languages and literatures
at the University of Pittsburgh offers a five-year Doctor of Philosophy with an
en route Master of Arts degree and a
terminal Master of Arts degree.
The Department elected to specialize in the Latin American
area some fifteen years ago. We are one
of the top graduate programs in Latin American literature and cultural studies
in the United States today. We have a
record of placing all or almost all of our PhDs in colleges or research
universities. Placements (tenure track)
of recent graduates include Assumption College, University of Colorado-Boulder,
Cornell University, University of Nevada-Las Vegas, University of Scranton, Swarthmore,
Vassar, University of Vermont, Washington University-St. Louis, and various
universities in Latin America.
All students specialize in Latin American literature and
elect a minor field in Peninsular or Brazilian literature or cultural studies.
Faculty interests and areas of specialization span a range
of topics: as noted, collectively the department’s strengths are in the areas
of Latin American literature, cultural theory, and cultural studies, with
special depth in race, ethnicity, and post-colonial studies. There are supplementary course offerings in
Peninsular and Brazilian literatures and in U.S. Latino literature and culture.
The department has become noted in recent years for its
international conferences on Latin American cultural studies, which have
brought to the campus some of the most prominent figures in this emerging
In addition to the extensive publications of the Instituto
Iberoamericano, the department is also connected to the Colección Archivos
series, sponsored by UNESCO, and to the University of Pittsburgh Press series,
Illuminations: Studies in Cultural Formation of the Americas.
The University of Pittsburgh’s Hillman Library contains one
of the finest Latin American book collections in the world. Named in honor of the University’s first
Latin American librarian, The Eduardo Lozano Latin American Collection houses
some 450,000 volumes and counting and has a reading room especially for
students involved with Spanish and Latin American topics.