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Graduate Programs

Welcome to UIC department of Hispanic Studies, which offers graduate degrees in Hispanic Linguistics, Hispanic Literature and Cultural Studies, as well as the Teaching of Spanish. The academic excellence of our graduate programs is based on the outstanding scholarly record of our faculty, our state-of-the-art research laboratories, and an active agenda of scholarly conferences, talks and film series organized collaboratively by students and faculty. All our graduate students receive rigorous training in cutting edge teaching methods, which prepares them for teaching at UIC and beyond. We offer Teaching Assistantships to some students accepted in the MA and PhD programs and other competitive funding opportunities through the Graduate School.

Our department is housed in the multi-linguistic and multi-disciplinary environment of the School of Literatures, Cultural Studies and Linguistics that fosters collaboration among different units and contributes to the critical agenda of the humanities at UIC. UIC is a Research 1 public university and a Hispanic Serving Institution located five minutes from downtown Chicago. Our faculty and students collaborate with important Chicago institutions such as The Newberry Library, Instituto Cervantes, Siskel Film Center, Museum of Contemporary Art, National Museum of Mexican Art, and the Latino Cultural Center.

Our professors specialize in disciplines ranging from early modern studies to contemporary Spanish and Latin American literature, from film studies to continental philosophy, from Spanish to heritage speakers and sociolinguistics to neurolinguistics and formal theoretical approaches to linguistics.

Both the Literature/Culture Studies and the Linguistics programs organize student-run talk series and biennial conferences. The annual Conference in Hispanic and Luso-Brazilian Studies organized jointly by graduate students from UIC, Northwestern and University of Chicago is a major event in the academic calendar. Likewise, our Linguistics program hosts the prestigious international Bilingualism Forum every two years.