For the month of April we will be highlighting our Spanish & Portuguese department with stories from students’ travels and experiences learning these languages at KU!
A comprehensive undergraduate program in Spanish language, literature and culture for a BA is offered currently with over 100 students declared. There is also a minor option and a Portuguese Language, Brazilian Literature, and Cultural Studies minor. In connection with those, the department sponsors semester programs in Salamanca, Spain, and Buenos Aires, Argentina, with opportunities to complete academic requirements. For students seeking to further their education, they have a competitive graduate programs for a M.A. or Ph.D. The department offers flexibility in the choice of fields, which are defined both by traditional geographical and chronological parameters, and by thematic topics
Did you know?
- The Portuguese Empire was actually the first global empire in history! In 1494, the Treaty of Tordesillas was signed, which essentially gave Portugal the eastern half of the “New Word”, including Brazil, Africa, and Asia.
- Over 236 million people world-wide are native Portuguese speakers. Portuguese is the official language of Portugal, Brazil, Cape Verde, Angola, Guinea Bissau, Mozambique, Principe, Sao Tome, and Equatorial Guinea.
- Portugal is one of the best places to surf and is know for 364 days of surf!
- Christopher Columbus sailed under the Spanish monarchy but was actually Italian.
- Spanish is the official language of 22 countries.
- Chile is one of the few countries on earth that has a government-supported UFO research organization.
- Cuba has a 99.8% literacy rate, which is one of the highest in the world.
- Brazil became the first South American country to accept women into its armed forces, in the 1980s.
- About 60% of the Amazon lies in Brazil. The Amazon rain forest is the world’s largest, containing one fifth of the world’s freshwater reserves and producing one third of the earth’s oxygen.