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Spanish & Portuguese Studies


The Department of Spanish and Portuguese Studies contributes to the academic and professional development of our students by developing their skills in critical thinking and writing as well as honing their linguistic expertise. According to recent research, learning a second language as an adult sharpens cognitive skills correlated with academic success. Language study also improves employment prospects in a global economy; a study by Georgetown University found that foreign language majors had the lowest rate of unemployment of any field in the humanities. 




 We offer majors and minors in Spanish and Portuguese, as well as a new minor in Latin American Studies. In conjunction with the Department of Urban Education, we help students become certified to teach world languages as they complete their majors in Spanish or Portuguese. We  also offer several internships which allow students to gain academic credit and professional experience by teaching at the Hoboken Dual Language Charter School, serving as interpreters/translators at the Rutgers Law School Clinicsor other organizations in the community through the Lives in Translation Project, or working at the Brazilian Endowment for the Arts

Our department also serves as an important link between Rutgers University-Newark and the sizeable Latino and Lusophone populations in northern New Jersey and in the city of Newark.  We foster cultural and intellectual ties to these communities through our teaching, research, and outreach activities, and many of our students come from these communities. Every semester, our department offers scholarly and cultural events which are attended by faculty, students, and members of the wider community.

How You Will Learn

Our courses are broadly conceived. While we offer literature courses that study literary periods and genres, we also offer courses that place literature in relation to its political, cultural and historical processes, and its relation with other arts, including visual arts broadly understood. A capstone of this educational view are recent courses taught by our faculty such as: Latino Bilingualism; Oral History of the Ironbound; Performing the Nation in Portugal and Brazil; Journalism in Hispanic Literature; The Spanish Civil War in the Cultural Memory: Literature, Theater and Art; Catalan and Galician Literature in Translation; Gangs in Brazilian Literature and Film; The Mexican Revolution; US Hispanic Latino Literature; Slavery, Race and the Black Experience in Latin American Literature, among others. 

The Bachelor’s-Master’s Dual Degree program offers highly qualified students an opportunity to accelerate their studies. Students apply for admission in the second semester of their junior year, and if enrolled, begin graduate work in their senior year. They may take up to 12 credits of graduate courses as seniors. Graduate courses fulfill requirements in both the undergraduate and graduate degree programs during that year. At the end of their senior year, students earn the Bachelor’s degree.  For the remainder of the Master’s program, they will be graduate students and will pay graduate tuition.

Who is eligible to apply

1.  Current Rutgers-Newark undergraduates who have taken at least 30 credits of courses at Rutgers-Newark.

2.  Undergraduate students in the second semester of their junior year.

3.  All undergraduate majors. Applicants must have taken 12 credits in the following fields: Political Science, Economics, History, Social Work, Public Affairs, Anthropology, Journalism and Media Studies, Philosophy, and Women and Gender Studies and at least 6 credits at the 300 level or above.

4.  Students must have minimum 3.2 Cumulative GPA and a 3.5 GPA in their major courses.


Application Requirements

1.  Complete the general application form found at

2.  Write a personal statement answering the following questions and upload it with the application:

Why do you want to earn a Master’s degree in Global Affairs?

What are your specific areas of interest, and why?

What qualifications prepare you for graduate study in Global Affairs?

3.  Arrange for three references and/or letters of recommendation.

References from Rutgers-Newark Division of Global Affairs faculty: If Global Affairs faculty at Rutgers-Newark are serving as references, students should supply a list of these faculty to the Graduate Director and need not solicit or upload full letters.

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Spanish & Portuguese Studies

Conklin Hall 430
175 University Avenue
Newark, NJ 07102
United States

Tel: 973-353-5498
Fax: 973-353-5733

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Guillermo Martínez

Guillermo Martínez

Lecturer in Spanish

Javier F. Castro-Ibaseta

Javier F. Castro-Ibaseta

Assistant Professor

Jennifer Duprey

Jennifer Duprey

Associate Professor

Mohamed Alsiadi

Mohamed Alsiadi

Lecturer in Arabic