Graduate Program in Hispanic Studies


The Graduate Program in Hispanic Studies aims at preparing students to become first-rate scholars and teachers. It provides students with a critical and theoretical foundation in literary, cultural studies and language pedagogy, ample opportunities for interdisciplinary work in areas of Hispanic literature and cultural studies. The Department prides itself on its small classes and warm, friendly atmosphere in which interaction between faculty and students is encouraged. In and out of class, students enjoy an open and supportive environment. The Hispanic Graduate program produces award winning students who go onto prestigious PhD programs, such as that of Brown, Johns Hopkins, the University of Virginia and other universities. We also welcome students who are interested in teaching Spanish at the high-school level.

Academic Programs

In addition to the Master's program, graduate certificates of advanced studies may be obtained. For information about all the graduate programs in Hispanic Studies contact the Director of Graduate Studies, Dr. Adriano Duque. 

Cultural Events

The Hispanic Studies Graduate Program organizes a number of cultural events, conferences, lectures by renowned scholars, film series and other cultural events. For example, in October 2011 we celebrated the centenary of Peruvian writer, José María Arguedas.  Before that we held other major events, such as: Festival de poesía (2010), Homenaje a Juan Ramón Jiménez (2007), Cervantes at 400 (2004) with Antonio Muñoz Molina as the keynote speaker.

All of our events are free and open to the public.

Graduate Students

The diverse group of students who come from different parts of the world, from all Latin American countries and Spain, as well as Bulgaria, Lebanon,  Morocco, Poland, Russia, Syria, Serbia and others. They form a tight-knit, supportive Spanish speaking group where all have a chance to perfect their skills.  Read what  students say...


The Hispanic Studies Graduate Program would like to congratulate three of our graduate students who have been accepted with assistantships into the following Ph.D. programs:

Zachary Hayes:  Has been accepted to the University of California, San Diego, the University of Virginia, and Johns Hopkins University.  He will be going to Johns Hopkins.

Manuel Olmedo:  Has been accepted to Vanderbilt University, and The University of Chicago and will be going to the U of Chicago.

Majd Subih:  Has been accepted to George Mason University.

Congratulations on your achievements and best of luck in your future endeavors!


Congratulations to Andrés González Sánchez for publishing his first novel, La mitad de mí  (Half of myself). He graduated from the Hispanic Studies program with a Master's degree in 2009, he has done doctoral studies at the University of Miami and moved back to Spain. Part of the novel takes place in Philadelphia, no doubt, the author's experiences in our city played a major role in his formation of the plot.





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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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