The Department of Romance Languages and Literatures focuses on the four most widely used Romance languages – French, Italian, Portuguese and Spanish – and on their cultural and literary traditions around the globe. Introductory Catalan and independent studies in Catalan Literature are also available.
Our faculty is committed to interdisciplinary studies. Courses and programs in RLL invite students to situate literature in the broad context of cultural productions, ranging from the canonical to alternative modes. Undergraduate students have the opportunity to tailor their plans of study according to their specific interests.
Combining a broad knowledge of each literature through diverse course offerings and specialized research working one-on-one with faculty, our graduate programs nurture students' individual interests. A strong sense of community among students and faculty, particularly within specialties, creates a graduate experience as unique as each chosen dissertation topic.