The Department of Spanish and Portuguese Language and Literature
 
     The origin of the Department of Spanish and Portuguese Language and Literature goes back to the Spanish language discipline of the Department of Western Languages, one of the oldest departments in Peking University. Established in 1960, the Department currently has a faculty consisting of one professor and nine lecturers. Four of them have a doctoral degree in Spanish literature, and four are still doctoral candidates. With an extra permanent group of four foreign experts, our crack team of teachers at young and middle age assures a healthy development for teaching and research of the department.
 
 
  We provide a four-year education for undergraduates, aiming at producing well-rounded language talents to serve as interpreters and translators in such areas as foreign affairs, international trade, international cultural communication, press and joint venture enterprises, as well as to be faculty members and researchers in universities and research institutes. Spanish Language and Literature has been rated “A Distinctive Major” by both the Ministry of Education and Beijing Municipal Commission of Education. On an annual basis, we purchase a large number of the latest books, textbooks and video materials which has proved tremendously helpful to improve the teaching and research condition.
 
  We base our education on the fundamental training in listening, speaking, reading, writing and translating skills to enable students to master Spanish and Portuguese grammars and to use the languages fluently. We provide basic courses in language skills such as Intensive Reading, Extensive Reading, Listening, Spoken Spanish and Portuguese, Writing, Interpretation, Translation and Grammar. Additionally, our curriculum encompasses topics like introduction to a cultural history of Spain, Portugal, and Latin-America, a history of Spanish literature, a history of Latin-American literature, selective readings of foreign newspapers, and business Spanish etc. They are intended to widen students’ horizon and cultivate in them a sharp awareness of Western culture and civilization.
 
  In the meanwhile, our students benefit greatly from the inter-disciplinary education system promoted by Peking University, which enables them, based on their own interests and ability, to choose courses offered by other departments, or to register a secondary major. After completing their undergraduate education, about one third students decide to continue their graduate study in such subjects as law, economy, international relations, international politics, art and archeology in US, Spain or China.
 
     We have built cooperative relationships with many universities in Spain as well as in Latin-American countries like Mexico, Cuba, Colombia, Peru, and Brazil. Our cooperation includes programs of long-term teaching, short-term lecturing, and exchange of teachers and students. In 2007, our department and the University of Granada signed an agreement to establish Confucius Institute in Spain which serves as a new platform for spreading Chinese culture and promoting international communication.
  
     We enroll four graduates and one doctoral candidate every year to do studies in Spanish language and literature on a three-year graduate program. Outstanding undergraduates will have the opportunity to be recommended by the department to pursue a master’s degree without taking the National Graduate Entrance Examination.
 
     With the implementation of a rigorous and down-to-earth style of work in a democratic academic environment, our department has produced graduates enjoying more opportunities in the job market because of their noticeable advantages in knowledge structure, comprehensive competence at practical work, and huge potentials for a promising future.