The Languages, Literatures, and Cultures of the Spanish-Speaking World

University of California, Berkeley

About the Program

The Department of Spanish and Portuguese offers a minor in The Languages, Literatures, and Cultures of the Spanish-Speaking World. For further information on minor requirements, please see the Minor Requirements tab on this page.

After completion of at least one upper-division course you can email the Undergraduate Advisor to declare a Spanish Minor. Please include your name, SID, and which minor you intend to complete. Your intended minor will then appear on your CalCentral dashboard below your major. For further information on declaring and confirming completion of the minor, please see the department website.

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Minor Requirements

Students who have a strong interest in an area of study outside their major often decide to complete a minor program. These programs have set requirements and are noted officially on the transcript in the memoranda section, but they are not noted on diplomas.

General Guidelines

  1. All minors must be declared no later than one semester before a student's Expected Graduation Term (EGT). If the semester before EGT is fall or spring, the deadline is the last day of RRR week. If the semester before EGT is summer, the deadline is the final Friday of Summer Sessions. To declare a minor, contact the department advisor for information on requirements, and the declaration process.
  2. All courses taken to fulfill the minor requirements below must be taken for graded credit.
  3. A minimum of three of the upper division courses taken to fulfill the minor requirements must be completed at UC Berkeley.
  4. A minimum grade point average (GPA) of 2.0 is required for courses used to fulfill the minor requirements.
  5. Courses used to fulfill the minor requirements may be applied toward the Seven-Course Breadth requirement, for Letters & Science students.
  6. No more than one upper division course may be used to simultaneously fulfill requirements for a student's major and minor programs.
  7. All minor requirements must be completed prior to the last day of finals during the semester in which the student plans to graduate. Students who cannot finish all courses required for the minor by that time should see a College of Letters & Science adviser.
  8. All minor requirements must be completed within the unit ceiling. (For further information regarding the unit ceiling, please see the College Requirements tab.)


Lower Division Prerequisites
SPANISH 1Elementary Spanish - First Semester (or equivalent)5
SPANISH 2Elementary Spanish - Second Semester (or equivalent)5
SPANISH 3Intermediate Spanish - Third Semester (or equivalent)5
SPANISH 4Intermediate Spanish - Fourth Semester (or equivalent)5
SPANISH 25Reading and Analysis of Literary Texts3
Upper Division
Select five upper division courses in Spanish/Spanish American language, linguistics, literature, or culture, selected from the offerings of the department.
SPANISH 100Introduction to Hispanic Linguistics4
SPANISH 101Spanish Pronunciation and Accents in Native and Non-Native Speakers4
SPANISH 102AAdvanced Grammar and Composition4
SPANISH 102CAdvanced Writing Workshop4
SPANISH N102CAdvanced Composition: Breaking News: The Present and Past as Told by the Press3
SPANISH 104ASurvey of Spanish American Literature4
SPANISH 104BSurvey of Spanish American Literature4
SPANISH 107ASurvey of Spanish Literature4
SPANISH 107BSurvey of Spanish Literature4
SPANISH C110Conversion and Negotiation4
SPANISH 111ACervantes4
SPANISH 111BCervantes4
SPANISH 112Studies in Spanish Culture4
SPANISH 115Spanish Poetry4
SPANISH 121Contemporary Spanish History and Culture3
SPANISH 122Spanish Culture and Civilization3
SPANISH 131The Spanish American Short Story4
SPANISH 135Studies in Hispanic Literature4
SPANISH 135ACAmerican Cultures Special Topics4
SPANISH 161Spanish Phonetics and Phonology4
SPANISH 162Spanish Morphology and Syntax4
SPANISH 163Sociolinguistic and Psycholinguistic Approaches to Spanish Bilingualism4
SPANISH 164Spanish Dialectology and Sociolinguistic Variation4
SPANISH 165Spanish in the U.S. and in Contact with Other Languages4
SPANISH 166Foreign Language Acquisition and Pedagogy for Spanish Language Instruction4
SPANISH 179Topics in Hispanic Linguistics4


Advising Staff and Advising Hours

Jenny Cole
5317 Dwinelle Hall (Floor E)
Please email for appointments

Mailing Address

Department of Spanish and Portuguese
5317 Dwinelle Hall #2590
University of California, Berkeley
Berkeley, CA 94720-2590


Faculty and Instructors

* Indicates this faculty member is the recipient of the Distinguished Teaching Award.


Natalia Brizuela, Associate Professor. Spanish, Portuguese.
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Anthony J. Cascardi, Professor. English, comparative literature, literature, Spanish, Portuguese, philosophy, aesthetics, early modern literature, French, Spanish Baroque.
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Justin Davidson, Associate Professor. Spanish linguistics, romance linguistics, contact linguistics, bilingualism, Catalan, sociophonetics, language variation and change, quantitative methods.
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Ivonne Del Valle, Associate Professor. Colonial period in Mexico, internal colonialism in Mexico, Jesuits (Loyola, Acosta, Baegert), Baroque and Enlightenment from a colonial perspective, technology and environment, drainage of Mexico City lakes, Christianity and Pre-Hispanic religions .
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Daylet Dominguez, Associate Professor. Modern and Contemporary Latin American and Caribbean Literatures and Cultures.
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Michael Iarocci, Professor. Spanish, literature.
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Tom McEnaney, Associate Professor. Connections between Argentine, Cuban, and U S literature, the history of media and technology, sound studies, linguistic anthropology, computational (digital) humanities and new media studies.
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Nasser Meerkhan, Assistant Professor. Transcultural, transtemporal and translinguistic texts, Medieval Iberia.
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Ignacio Navarrete, Professor. Spanish literature: poetry, poetic theory, narrative and culture, history of the book, Cervantes, Don Quixote, Medieval and Early Modern Spanish literature Modern Spain .
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Alexandra Saum Pascual, Associate Professor. Spain, electronic literature, contemporary literature, digital humanities, new media.
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Candace Slater, Professor. Spanish, Portuguese.
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Estelle Tarica, Associate Professor. Latin America, Mexico, race, nationalism, Spanish, mestizo, Indians, Andes, Bolivia, Peru, Holocaust, Quechua.
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Nathaniel Wolfson, Assistant Professor. Avant-garde poetry and aesthetics, media studies, literature and philosophy, comparative modernisms and the history of science and technology.
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Amir Effat, Lecturer.

Jose Roman Lujan Perez, Lecturer.

Oscar Perea Rodriguez, Lecturer.

Jhonni Carr, Lecturer.

Clelia Francesca Donovan, Lecturer.

Miriam Hernandez-Rodriguez, Lecturer.

Ana Belen Redondo Campillos, Lecturer.

Victoria Martinez Robertson, Lecturer.

Donna A. Southard, Lecturer.

Tanya Varela, Lecturer.

Amelia R. Barili, Lecturer Emerita.

Arthur L. Askins, Professor Emeritus. Spanish, Portuguese.
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Milton M. Azevedo, Professor Emeritus. Linguistics, Spanish, Portuguese.
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Emilie L. Bergmann, Professor Emeritus. Early modern Spain, colonial Spanish America, Spanish literature, Sor Juana Ines de la Cruz, visual studies, gender and sexuality studies.
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Jerry R. Craddock, Professor Emeritus. Spanish, Portuguese.
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Dru Dougherty, Professor Emeritus. Poetry, stage history, Valle-Inclan, Spanish poetics, war and literature.
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Charles Faulhaber, Professor Emeritus. Medieval Spanish literature, medieval rhetoric, codicology, paleography, computerization of scholarly methodology.
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* Francine R. Masiello, Professor Emerita. Gender theory, culture, globalization, comparative literature, Spanish, Latin American literature of the 19th and 20th centuries, comparative North and South literatures.
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John H. R. Polt, Professor Emeritus. Spanish literature, 18th century, 19th century.
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Jose Rabasa, Professor Emeritus. Spanish, Portuguese.
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Julio Ramos, Professor Emeritus. Spanish, Portuguese.
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Contact Information

Department of Spanish and Portuguese

5319 Dwinelle Hall

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Department Chair

Estelle Tarica, PhD

5210 Dwinelle Hall

Faculty Advisor

Ignacio Navarrete, PhD

5221 Dwinelle Hall

Undergraduate Advisor

Sumali Tuchrello, MA

5317 Dwinelle Hall

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