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Formerly known as World Cultures Graduate Group

Spanish Linguistics

In this disciplinary area, Spanish Program faculty train graduate students with the linguistic skills and necessary cultural background to communicate their ideas in Spanish in different professional contexts, to think critically, and to analyze literary works. This area will help graduate students face the demands of an ever more globalized society—one that requires and values linguistic and cultural competence in more than one language.

With more than 400 million speakers worldwide, Spanish is the third most spoken language in the world, and the second in the United States, where it is spoken by upwards of 41 million people. Spanish is also one of the languages most often used in California and in the Central Valley, as well as one of the six official languages of the United Nations. Beyond its relevance in the world, Spanish should also be well represented locally, since the University of California, Merced is a Hispanic Serving Institution.

Disciplinary Areas include:

  • Heritage and Second Language Aquisition
  • Socio-Linguistics

Faculty