The Graduate Program in Spanish and Portuguese within the UMass Amherst College of Humanities and Fine Arts offers a research track in Hispanic Linguistics leading to the Ph.D. The program provides students the tools to acquire a solid background in theoretical and applied linguistics in order to develop research projects that focus on Iberian languages, such as Spanish, Portuguese, Catalan and Galician. Areas of specialization include dialectology, intonation, phonetics, phonology, pragmatics, sociolinguistics, syntax, second language acquisition, applied linguistics, computer-assisted language learning, or any other area.

Hispanic linguists can contribute to understanding the language and culture and help advance research in theoretical and applied linguistics.  There is a large Hispanic population in Western Massachusetts. Faculty and students conduct research projects within the Greater Springfield area.  Many of these projects are based in the UMass Center at Springfield.  The Spanish and Portuguese Program also hosts events at the Center for educators, healthcare professionals and the general public.

Dr. Meghan Armstrong-Abrami and Dr. Luis Marentes are the primary contacts for these varying projects.  To learn more visit