The Department of Hispanic and Italian Studies at the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC) is home to the following programs:
Graduate Program in Hispanic Literary and Cultural Studies 
Graduate Program in Hispanic Linguistics 
Master of Arts in Teaching Spanish - License 
Master of Arts in Teaching Spanish 
UIC is a major public research university in the heart of one of the most exciting and vibrant cities in the world, and our department, plays a key part in university life and in the wider community.  

MA and PhD programs

Hispanic graduate studies at UIC are defined by their relevant, critical, scientific and evolving character. The interdisciplinary and diverse nature of our programs is shaped not only by our ongoing intellectual engagement with the languages and literatures of Spain and Latin American but also because we are housed within the multi-linguistic parameters of the School of Literatures, Cultural Studies, and Linguistics. Our faculty members work with colleagues from many other departments and these collaborative efforts open up extraordinarily rich possibilities for both current and potential students.

Graduate students and faculty socializing
Diversity at UIC (click to enlarge)
source: UIC Office of Diversity

Diverse research university

UIC is amongst the most diverse research universities in the U.S. In additon to being designated as a Minority Serving Institution, UIC is recognized by the U.S. Department of Education as a Hispanic Serving Institution with over a quarter of the undergraduate population being Hispanic. This creates a rich environment for our students to engage both linguistically and culturally in the wider university community.

Tuition waiver and stipend

Many of our graduate students in the MA and PhD programs are awarded teaching assistantships that come with a stipend and full tuition waiver. Graduate students receive training during an intensive orientation and receive continued training throughout the year from our language faculty. Additionally, the Language and Culture Learning Center and specialized pedagogy courses provide opportunities for TAs to learn and practice cutting edge teaching techniques. 

A graduate student leads Spanish conversation hour.

Dynamic intellectual life

We are proud to offer a dynamic intellectual life within the department. Our professors specialize in disciplines ranging from early modern Spanish and Latin American literature to the philosophy of language, from film studies to continental philosophy, from Spanish for heritage speakers and sociolinguistics to neurolinguistics and formal theoretical approaches to linguistics. All graduate students are exposed to the broad range of our offerings and those at the PhD level are encouraged to become leaders in these research areas, for example through our renowned state-of-the-art research laboratories and groups.

Our department also offers a vibrant environment in which graduate students play an active role. Both the Literature/Culture Studies and the Linguistics programs organize student-run talk series and biennial conferences. For example, the Biennial Graduate Conference in Hispanic Literary and Cultural Studies has become a major event in the academic calendar. Likewise, our Linguistics program hosts the prestigious international Bilingualism Forum every two years. We believe these opportunities and others have contributed to the success of our current students and PhD alumni, who ultimately are the best representation of our programs.

Graduate students present their work.

If you are interested in learning more about graduate student in in Hispanic Literature and Cultural Studies or Hispanic Linguistics at UIC, you can discover more information about our programs and how to apply by following the links above to the specific programs or by contacting the Director of Graduate Studies, Professor Kara Morgan-Short, at