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The Department of Romance Languages offers programs of study leading to the degree of master of arts (M.A.) in Romance languages, French, Italian, or Spanish and to the degree of doctor of philosophy (Ph.D.) in Romance languages.

The master’s program provides solid grounding and broad coverage in each of the language areas. The Ph.D. program allows students to focus on a specific field of interest.

The Department of Romance Languages offers the only graduate program in Romance languages on the West Coast. Our international community is drawn from the Americas, Europe, and Africa. Faculty members, who are committed to the renewal of Romance languages as an academic discipline, use a variety of analytical tools, cultural, postcolonial, feminist, and historicist approaches, to achieve this goal.

Students follow these degree programs in an intellectually stimulating and supportive environment, characterized by close personal supervision, innovative and interdisciplinary approaches to literary and cultural studies, and professional training in both research methods and foreign-language pedagogy.

Our M.A. programs offer students a broad and balanced introduction to periods from the Middle Ages to the twenty-first century. Building upon these foundations, a variety of monographic seminars, which often cross generic, temporal, and national boundaries, allow students to develop individualized research interests and to deepen their knowledge of critical issues in literary and cultural theory.

Our Ph.D. program provides professional training for students working towards careers in higher education. The course work and exam structure lead students to identify areas for original research in one or more of the Romance languages. Within a structured yet flexible framework, students develop their skills in teaching and research, and prepare themselves for today’s competitive job market through faculty mentorship and informal seminars on professional development.

To increase the opportunities for interdisciplinary study, students in both degree programs are encouraged to take complementary courses in related areas such as art history, comparative literature, education, English, history, ethnic studies, international studies, linguistics, film, and women’s studies. The University of Oregon Library System is the most comprehensive research library between Seattle and San Francisco, containing nearly 3,000,000 volumes, 61,000 periodicals, a wealth of visual resources, and a large video collection. The library’s ever-expanding electronic resources currently include over 300 databases. Resources for graduate-level research in French, Italian, and Spanish are strong; in some fields they are outstanding.

If you have questions about the information on these pages, please contact the Department of Romance Languages Graduate Program Coordinator, Maria Heider, at




Director of Graduate Studies
Cecilia Enjuto Rangel
323 Friendly Hall