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About Us

Our Mission

The mission of the Department is the production of knowledge of the languages, literatures, and cultures of the French, Italian, Portuguese, and Spanish language speaking worlds. It is also to provide students with an extensive knowledge of the languages and cultures that we teach, as well as to foster their intellectual growth. Our objective is to create conscious members of a global community, with a profound awareness of social and cultural diversity, and with a strong understanding and appreciation of French, Italian, Portuguese, and Spanish communities both in the USA and abroad.

About Us

The Department of Romance Languages is a diverse, multicultural, and plurilingual academic unit that researches and instructs in French, Italian, Portuguese, and Spanish languages and cultures. It is the largest language, literature and culture department in the American Northwest.

The Department is composed of faculty members of different national origins, nationally and internationally distinguished, and a body of committed and talented students pursuing minors, majors, M.A.s, and Ph.D.s in the four languages. As well as academic programs, the RL Department sponsors and supports numerous activities such as lectures, film festivals, study abroad programs, international conferences, and community events.

Department Head

David Wacks
(541) 346-0950


Linda Leon
, Office Manager
(541) 346-0951

Sarah Weiner
, Undergraduate Coordinator/Scheduling
(541) 346-4019

Maria Heider,
Graduate Coordinator/Travel
(541) 346-4013