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New Dual-Title Doctoral Degree in Spanish and Language Science

Graduate students with research and educational interests in Hispanic Linguistics and Language Science may apply to the dual-title doctoral program in Spanish and Language Science. The dual-title program enables graduate students from Spanish to acquire the knowledge and research skills of their major area of specialization in Hispanic Linguistics while at the same time gaining the perspective and methods of the language sciences. For further information click here.


Welcome to The Department of Spanish, Italian and Portuguese (SIP) at Penn State. We are a dynamic collection of scholars who are committed educators with a broad range of research interests in literary and cultural studies, as well as in scientific approaches from both social, cognitive, and theoretical perspectives to the study of language. Please visit the pages for our undergraduate program in Italian, as well as for our graduate and undergraduate programs in Spanish to learn more about who we are and what we do.


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Penn State's Doctoral Programs Gain Top Outcomes in National Rankings


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Summary of Changes to the Spanish Major/Minor Requirements for 2012-2013


To view the summary of changes to the Spanish Major/Major requirements for 2012-2013 please click here.


Remembering Eric D. Steindl


To ensure Erik's dedication and spirit lives on, a memorial scholarship fund has been established at Penn State University. This scholarship, the "Erik D. Steindl Spanish Scholarship Fund" is awarded to a student in the Spanish Department who demonstrates outstanding academic excellence and community spirit. To learn more, click here.


New Mentoring Program for Italian Majors/Minors


This new initiative offers a rewarding opportunity for Italian majors and minors to enhance academic and professional development through working with an alumni mentor. Mentoring relationships help protégés explore academic and career choices through the experience of alunmi mentors. Each mentoring relationship is unique to the interests of the mentee and expertise of the mentor. For additional information, potential mentors and mentees should contact Patrick Tunno at

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Announcing International Research Opportunities for Penn State Undergraduate Students


Penn State’s Center for Language Science (CLS) announces an exciting and unique opportunity for undergraduate students.  With the generous support of funding from the National Science Foundation program Partnerships for International Research and Education (PIRE), the CLS will sponsor undergraduate students’ travel to international sites during the summers to conduct research on the science of bilingualism. Click here for more information.




1) Congratulations to Sherry Roush for the publication of Selected Philosophical Poems of Tommaso Campanella - A Bilingual Edition (University of Chicago Press).



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2) Congratulations to Nicolás-Fernández-Medina for the publication of The Poetics of Otherness in Antonio Machado's 'Proverbios y cantares' (University of Wales Press).


Poetics of Otherness


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3) Congratulations to Julia Cuervo-Hewitt for the publication of Voices out of Africa in Twentieth-Century Carribean Literature (Bucknell University Press).




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