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The faculty of the Department of Spanish and Portuguese at Vanderbilt University is committed to undergraduate and graduate students. We offer courses in language, literature, linguistics, and culture,as well as courses in Catalan. Our faculty has been recognized nationally and internationally for research, and members of the department have won numerous teaching awards. In 2007, the Faculty Productivity Index ranked us number one as the most productive graduate program in the country in our field. In 2010, the National Research Council placed us in the upper 10% of 60 U.S. Ph.D. programs in research. Our courses cover a full range of time periods, geographical spaces, genres, themes, and approaches. We value excellence, personal attention, and mentoring. Our classes are small, and the student-faculty ratio at the graduate level is roughly 1.7:1. We invite many guest speakers to campus each year and regularly sponsor conferences on literature, culture, and teaching. In addition to teaching and research, our faculty is actively engaged in service to the profession, and we house two academic journals.

Deadline for submission of application to the graduate programs is December 15, 2020.

Spanish By the Numbers

-       In 2019, nearly 483 million people spoke Spanish as their mother tongue. In addition, the group of potential users of Spanish in the world today exceeds 580 million. 

-       Spanish is the second most widely spoken language in the world only surpassed by Mandarin Chinese. 

-       For demographic reasons, the percent of the world population that speaks Spanish is rising, while the proportion that speaks Chinese, English, and French is descending.

-       In 2019, 7.6% of the world population was Spanish-speaking. Forecasts estimate that the number of Spanish-speaking people in 2050 will be higher than that. 

-       In 2060, the United States is forecast to be the second Spanish-speaking country in the world after Mexico: almost one in three Americans will be Hispanic. 

-       Close to 22 million students studied Spanish as a foreign language in 2019. 



Source: Informe 2019 Instituto Cervantes

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