Graduate Program in Hispanic Studies


The Villanova Graduate Program in Hispanic Studies aims at preparing students to become first-rate scholars and teachers of Hispanic Studies. It provides students with:

For information about the MA program in Hispanic Studies, please contact the Director, Dr. Adriano Duque: 

Cultural Events

The Graduate Program in Hispanic Studies regularly organizes a number of cultural events, international symposia, conferences, lectures by renowned scholars, and film series. Past events include:

  • A lecture by Historian Richard Kagan, (Spring 2014)
  • A Theatrical performance by Renown Spanish Group la Zaranda, “A pig’s diet” (September 2013)
  • An International Symposium on of the  Peruvian writer, José María Arguedas(Spring 2010)
  • A Symposium on Juan Ramón Jiménez (Spring 2007)
  • A Poetry fest, Festival de poesía (Spring 2006)

Graduate Students

Includes a diverse group of students who come from different parts of the world, such as Bulgaria, Jordan, Latin America, Lebanon, Morocco, Poland, Russia, Spain, Serbia, and Syria.   Read what students say...


Graduate Students Highlights:

Zachary Hayes (Class of 2013) was accepted with Assistantship to the Ph. D. Programs of the Universities of California, San Diego, Virginia, and Johns Hopkins.

Manuel Olmedo (Class of 2014) was accepted with Assistantship to the Ph. D. Program of the University of Chicago.

Majd Subih (Class of 2014) was accepted with Assistantship to the Ph. D. Programs of George Mason University.

Ana Puchau de Lecea (Class of 2015) received a summer research fellowship from Villanova University to work with Dr. Mercedes Juliá.


Andrés González Sánchez (Class of 2009) published his first novel, La mitad de mí  (The Half of Myself).  





On February 14, the graduate Students in the Graduate Program in Hispanic Studies organized a symposium on Videogames in Academia. The keynote speaker was Dr. Phillip Penix-Tadsen, from the University of Delaware.




On Thursday, March 13, 2014 Prof. Richard Kagan
Arthur O. Lovejoy Professor of Early Modern European History, Emeritus
The Johns Hopkins University lecture

The Spanish Craze:
America Discovers the Arts and Culture of the
Hispanic World,
ca. 1890-ca. 1930






The Power of duende. An introduction to Flamenco Music.

College of New Haven

April 11, 2014
Garey Hall Lounge, Villanova University
Pianist José García-León is a first prize winner of numerous national and international competitions, including the Artist International Competition of New York.


The famous group "La Zaranda" came to Villanova in September, 2013.

Spanish Theatre Group "La Zaranda"



Dr. Juliá's edition opens new paths to study the works of  Spanish writer Juan Ramón Jiménez


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Special tuition-reduction for Primary and Secondary School Teachers and Administrators.
For on-line application for admission click here.

Current students:
For information regarding comprehensive examinations on the policies of the Office of Graduate Studies click here, and regarding graduation click here.

What our graduates say about the Program:

"I was particularly pleased with the courses in cultural studies and postcolonialism and with the opportunity to learn about postmodernity in Spain and Latin America."        -Sue Davis, Prof. Emerita of Political Science, University of Delaware '10

"The graduate program in Hispanic Studies at Villanova is an excellent academic experience. The program maintains a fine balance between reading primary materials, learning the work of contemporary and past scholars, and developing original ideas through writing and research. It is also a community; each of the professors takes a very personalized approach to their classes and students know their professors on a personal level."     -Brian Yates '07