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Spanish & Portuguese at the University of California, Berkeley

Welcome to the web resource of the Department of Spanish and Portuguese at the University of California, Berkeley. Our department is a medium-sized one, big enough to offer a wide variety of approaches to teaching and research yet small enough to afford students at both the graduate and undergraduate level personal attention and mentoring. We offer an abundance of opportunities to learn and achieve mastery of the languages and cultures we study, which include Catalan, Nahuatl, Portuguese, Romance Studies and Spanish. Our programs are specially designed for highly motivated students with a passion for other languages, literatures and cultures, for imaginative approaches to these and for careful crossing of traditionally defined geographic, linguistic and disciplinary borders.

Several of our faculty are formally involved with or are active in other departments or academic units on campus—for example, Comparative Literature, Rhetoric, Film and Media, Gender & Women’s Studies, the Portuguese Studies Program, the Spanish Studies Program, the Catalan and Occitan Studies Program, and the Center for Latin American Studies and Renaissance and Early Modern Studies.

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Message from Faculty – DACA

As faculty in the Department of Spanish and Portuguese at Berkeley, we are saddened and deeply troubled by the announcement that the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, also known as the Dreamers Act, is scheduled to be suspended.

We echo UC President Janet Napolitano’s call for “Congress to immediately pass bipartisan legislation that would provide a permanent solution” for Dreamers by charting “a secure path toward citizenship,” and we applaud her commitment to maintaining structures of support for DACA students throughout the UC system.

We reaffirm our commitment to ensuring that the Department of Spanish and Portuguese will remain a welcoming place for all students in the months ahead, and we stand firmly with Dreamers, their families, and their friends during these difficult times.