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romance languages and literatures

The Department of Romance Languages and Literatures offers courses in French, Italian, and Spanish languages, as well as their corresponding literatures and cultures, at the undergraduate and graduate levels.

Undergraduate Program

The undergraduate curriculum is designed to help students attain a high linguistic proficiency in one or more Romance language as well as broad insight into the literature and culture of other nations. Our courses range from elementary language to advanced seminars in languages, literatures, and cultures. Students can major or minor in French, Hispanic Studies, or Italian. The major offers solid preparation and guidance for students interested in teaching or in graduate studies, as well in fields such as law, medicine, interpreting, and international business.

Graduate Program

The Romance Languages and Literatures department offers the Masters of Arts degree in French, Hispanic Studies, and Italian.

The two-year graduate curriculum encompasses a wide coverage of French, Francophone, Iberian, Latin American, and Italian literatures. Broad-based survey courses are interspersed with monographic or thematic seminars that often take an interdisciplinary approach to the study of literary texts, authors, themes, or other questions. Also included in the curriculum are courses on critical theory, the development of the Romance Languages, and foreign-language pedagogy. With few exceptions, courses are taught in the target language. Within certain parameters, students can also take related courses in other departments on campus.

Azores, Portugal
The Azores, Portugal, homeland of many Portuguese immigrants to New England (photo: Wikimedia Commons)