Undergraduate Program

The Department of Spanish and Portuguese offers Emory undergraduate students diverse opportunities to engage with the languages and cultures of the Hispanic and Lusophone world. Whether you are completely new to our languages or a native speaker, our courses and community can help you deepen your understanding and your ability to communicate.

We offer courses in both Spanish and Portuguese from introductory to advanced levels, including the study of literature, linguistics, theater, music, online discourse, translation, and other subjects. From 101 forward, our classes are small and are taught in the target language, allowing students to develop their language skills through frequent interaction and meaningful communication.

Incoming students interested in taking Spanish courses are required to take our online Spanish Placement Exam to help ensure that they begin at the appropriate level. If you are interested in studying Portuguese, please see information on Portuguese placement.

Those who wish to make Spanish and/or Portuguese a sustained part of their college course of study can complete one of our five degree programs: the Major in Spanish, Major in Spanish and Portuguese, Joint Major in Spanish and Linguistics, Minor in Lusophone Studies, or Minor in Spanish. Our students may also be interested in the Major or Minor in Linguistics or in Latin American and Caribbean Studies.

Outside of the classroom, our students get together to practice conversation; live and organize events at Casa Émory; participate in the Phi Sigma Iota Honors Society and other student groups; conduct honors theses and other research projects; and study abroad in our departmental programs in Spain, Argentina, and Brazil, as well as many other Emory College Study Abroad programs in Spanish- and Portuguese-speaking countries.

To find out more about these languages, watch these videos by Prof. José Luis Boigues (Spanish) and Prof. Ana Catarina Teixeira (Portuguese).


Please have a look around our site, visit us on the 5th floor of Callaway Center, and contact us for more information.