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College of Arts and Sciences

Graduate Programs

romance languages and literatures

Program Overview

The Master’s Degree is offered in French, Italian, and Hispanic Studies. The Department also offers a joint MA/MBA degree in conjunction with the Carroll School of Management. These graduate degrees are meant to prepare students to enter doctoral programs, to teach one of the romance languages, or to take up professional positions in other fields, such as general education, business, or publishing.

The graduate curriculum offers broad coverage of French, Francophone, Iberian, Latin American, and Italian literatures. Survey courses are interspersed with seminars that are organized according to more specialized principles of research, such as author, theme, genre, or theoretical approach. Taking into account the many different ways that the study of literature has been pursued over the past two hundred years, graduate programs in RLL offer students an opportunity to explore literary, linguistic, and cultural phenomena relating to the Romance languages from a large number of traditional and contemporary perspectives, including film and media. An awareness of critical theory and the importance of history are essential aspects of our graduate programs; for this reason, students are strongly encouraged to take courses focused exclusively on theory as well as those that treat the history and philology of the Romance languages. With few exceptions, courses are taught in the target language.

The general aim of courses in the Department is to combine the close, careful, analytical reading of major works of a Romance language with an appreciation of how and why the study of literature continues to occupy a privileged position for confronting the challenges of communication and understanding that necessarily underlie all the liberal arts and that are negotiated daily in every walk of life. In other words, the study of literature is the study of life.


Note: The RLL doctoral programs were suspended by the university in 2011. No new applications to these programs are being accepted.


Prof. Ernesto Livon Grosman and Latin American avant-garde in NYC

Prof. Ernesto Livon Grosman and the students in his graduate seminar on the Latin American avant-garde traveled to NYC to visit museums with collections featuring the avant-garde. While at the Museum of Modern Art, they had the pleasure of a long conversation with Argentinian scholar, Reinaldo Laddaga, whose essays on art and critical theory are studied in their BC seminar. Seen in the photo are: MA students Daniel Cuenca, Josefina Ayllon-Ayllon, Prof. Livon-Grosman, Emmalie Moseley, Lauren Bergeron and Cameron Regan.