The romance languages span the globe and in the Department of Romance Languages, programming leading to degrees in Romance languages represents a departmental signature. Requiring training in at least two of our languages, their literatures and their multiple cultures in French, Italian, or Spanish, these degrees open onto an array of individualized comparative world horizons. From Africa to the Americas, the Caribbean to Europe and the Middle East, Romance Studies reach across continents and centuries to embrace resonances that challenge the boundaries of national literatures and imagine new modes of linguistic cohesion.
The Department of Romance Languages offers programs of study leading to undergraduate majors (B.A.) and minors, the Master of Arts (M.A.), and the Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) in Romance Languages. Each degree requires students to choose a primary and a secondary language and literature to be satisfied by courses taken in the French, Italian, Spanish, or Romance Languages programs. Participation in overseas study in one or more of our romance-speaking countries, in Global Internships and Participatory Learning Experiences (PLEs) is also encouraged. Most graduate students hold Graduate Teaching Fellowships or GTFs and teach language courses in their primary language, but experience teaching in a second language is also possible.
In addition to opportunities afforded by each of the individual language programs, Romance studies courses explore topics of broad concern to scholars in each of our languages and literatures. These RL courses are often team-taught or taught by faculty themselves versed in more than one romance language and literature. Each year these RL courses are enhanced by guest speakers, writers, and artists who bring the poly-lingual atmosphere of the romance world to life. Recent examples include: Multicultures of the Romance World; Autobiographies; the History of the Book; Petrarchisms in the Early Modern World; Contemporary Jewish Writers, and Chivalric romance in French and Italian, to name only a few. The excitement generated by spaces of difference, of cultures in conversation but not necessarily in agreement is contagious and builds a deep sense of shared community in Romance Languages.
To compliment these pluri-cultural opportunities in three languages, the Department of Romance Languages features an international faculty and graduate student body hailing from places as diverse as Bolivia, Cameroon, Canada, Chile, Colombia, France, Italy, Madagascar, Mexico, Spain, and Romania. The romance population creates a dynamic world of activity and actualizes your international education in daily encounters.