The Department of Romance Languages & Literatures is a diverse and plurilingual academic unit that engages in research and instruction in French, Italian, Portuguese and Spanish, and in the historical minority languages of Europe and the Americas. The principal aims of the Department are to preserve, increase, and transmit knowledge and understanding of the Romance languages, literatures and cultures within the transnational and regional contexts in which they have developed.
Our course offerings present a diversity of approaches – historical, literary, linguistic, socio-political, cultural, and theoretical – to the study of literary and nonliterary texts and cultures of Europe, the Mediterranean, and the Americas. In our undergraduate programs, students acquire competence in the practice and analysis of Romance languages together with a critical knowledge of the written, oral, and visual traditions of their origin and diaspora. Our faculty promotes interdisciplinary connections and incorporates the study of literature, culture, theory and history across the curriculum. Through coursework that emphasizes rhetoric, composition, and written and oral expression, our majors receive sustained personalized training in critical thinking and close reading.
At the graduate level, advanced literary and interdisciplinary training – guided by a vibrant community of scholars representing the wide range and complexity of trends and schools that constitute the study of the humanities today – prepares new generations of researchers, teachers, and intellectuals.
The Department of Romance Languages & Literatures and the College of Arts and Sciences support the University’s core values encouraging diversity and equal educational and employment opportunities throughout the University community. These values are articulated in the University’s non-discrimination policy and by the office of Diversity and Multicultural Affairs.