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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. 

About Us

  • 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. 

  • Undergraduate Majors

    • Portuguese, B.A.
    • Spanish, B.A.


    • Latin American Studies Minor
    • Latina/o Studies Minor
    • Portuguese Minor
    • Spanish Minor
    • Translation & Interpreting Studies Minor
  • Conklin Hall 430
    175 University Avenue
    Newark, NJ 07102
    United States

    Tel: 973-353-5498

    Fax: 973-353-5733


SPS Major & Minor Meet Up

Our very first SPS Major/Minor Meet Up was a success! On Wednesday, October 25, 2023 in the Dana Room, students joined us for SPS bingo, enjoyed some snacks, and learned about upcoming courses for Spring 2024, as well as the wonderful opportunities the Spanish and Portuguese Studies Department has to offer! Special thanks to our presenting students, Margaret Marino, Alma Garcia Constanza, and Jennifer Gonzalez-Juarez, all who shared their wonderful experiences as SPS students. These experiences included their transfer-student journeys, cultivated advising relationships with faculty, future plans with the skills they’ve acquired through SPS, and tales of their travel via study abroad, made possible via SPS awards. Thank you to all who participated!


Student Spotlight: Ana Monteiro

Ana Montiero was inspired to merge her artistic endeavors and academic interests early on at RU-N after taking an EcoArt class with Associate Professor of Practice Alexandra Chang and a Film and Colonialism class with History Professor Jon Cowans, who directs RU-N's Film Studies minor. Associate Professor Paul Sternberger, who has taught art history at RU-N since 1997, guided her as well, becoming an important advisor throughout her four years here.  

Ana was a key player in the organization of the Spanish and Portuguese Studies' SOMOS Festival! 

Ana in Cuba
Ana in Cuba