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Office: Building 260, Room 119

Mail Code: 94305-2014

Phone: (650) 723-4977


Web Site: Iberian and Latin American Cultures at Stanford 

Courses offered by the Department of Iberian and Latin American Cultures, formerly the Department of Spanish and Portuguese, are listed under the subject code ILAC on the Stanford Bulletin's ExploreCourses web site. For courses in Catalan, Portuguese, and Spanish language instruction with the subject codes CATLANG, PORTLANG and SPANLANG, see the Language Center section of this bulletin.

The Language Center offers a series of second- and third-year courses designed for students who grew up in homes where Spanish is spoken (heritage speakers) and who wish to develop their existing linguistic strengths. See the "Language Center" section of this bulletin.

The department is a part of the Division of Literatures, Cultures, and Languages.

Mission of the Undergraduate Program in Iberian and Latin American Cultures

Studying Iberian and Latin American cultures at Stanford means engaging in a deep and compelling exploration of the languages, literatures, and cultures of the Iberian Peninsula, Latin America (including Brazil), and Latinx communities in the United States. To achieve the goal of training students as experts in these areas, the department balances an emphasis on literary studies with philosophical, historical, and social approaches to cultural issues. Given the focus on critical thinking, open discussion, and close textual analysis, undergraduate majors are provided excellent preparation for a large number of professional fields, including business, education, international relations, law, and medicine. The graduate program provides rigorous and highly individualized advanced training in the analysis of Iberian, Latin American (including Brazil), and Latinx literatures, and students go on to produce innovative original research and find excellent jobs, both in academe and beyond.

Bachelor of Arts in Iberian and Latin American Cultures

In this major, students engage in a thoroughly transnational and cross-linguistic study of Iberian and Latin American (including Brazil) literatures and cultures. Courses emphasize critical thinking and close textual analysis, with a focus on the deep and often understudied intersections between literature written in Catalan, Portuguese, and Spanish from the medieval period to the present day.

Bachelor of Arts in Spanish

This undergraduate program is designed for students who want to move towards fluency in reading, listening, speaking, and writing Spanish while developing a contextualized understanding of the language through linguistic and cultural study. This degree emphasizes critical use of the Spanish language in a global perspective.

Faculty in Iberian and Latin American Cultures

Director: Lisa Surwillo

Director of Undergraduate Studies: Ximena Briceño

Professors: Joan Ramon Resina (also Comparative Literature), Héctor Hoyos

Associate Professors: Vincent Barletta (also Comparative Literature), Lisa Surwillo

Assistant Professor: Nicole Hughes 

Lecturers: Ximena Briceño, Isabela Fraga (Mellon Fellow), Yosa Vidal

Courtesy Professors: Zephyr Frank, Roland Greene, Paula Moya, José David Saldívar, Ramón Saldívar

Emeriti: (Professors) Bernard Gicovate, María-Paz Haro, Mary Pratt, Jorge Ruffinelli, Sylvia Wynter, Yvonne Yarbro-Bejarano; (Professor, Teaching)