Welcome to the Department of Spanish and Portuguese!
We are a vibrant, collegial academic unit committed to supporting our students' development of Spanish and Portuguese language proficiency and to their growth in expertise in Spanish-speaking and Lusophone literatures, culture and linguistics. Students can study the legal and literary context of Medieval Spain, investigate linguistic varieties of Spanish or Portuguese, take a close reading tour of El Quijote, watch Spanish cinema while learning about the social context in which it is set, improve their Portuguese pronunciation or be a witness to the Central American War though its fictional narrative.
In 2019, we welcomed back the Latin American Studies program to our department. This integration expands our focus on issues relevant to the ideas, peoples, and commodities that have come together within a far-reaching trans-Atlantic cultural sphere - including the indigenous peoples of Latin America, Latin American migrants and their descendants in Canada and elsewhere.
The departmental office is located in the beautiful Old Victoria College, in the St. George campus of the University of Toronto, a world renowned university and one of the most widely recognized educational institutions in Canada.
Join us to learn more about issues relevant to the peoples whose stories and histories evolved and were documented in Spanish and Portuguese, and gain appreciation for their historical and cultural trajectories.