The incomparable beauty of medieval France: the chateau at Gien evokes the solemn grandeur of an earlier age.

The remote solemnity of this Portuguese church evokes through its simple architecture an enduring natural beauty.

Toledo, the city where Spain’s three great religions (Christian, Jewish, Muslim) intermingled to produce an abundant richness of culture.

A great river flows through it: the Tiber juxtaposes monuments from Rome’s imperial past with its Catholic present.

One of Latin America’s storied cities, Havana, Cuba bears the marks of Caribbean culture from colonial times to the present.

Overview of Programs

RLL offers vibrant programs in French, Italian, Portuguese, and Spanish. Our language classes have long been popular with undergraduates, including those interested in international travel and those who anticipate a global dimension to their future careers. All of our classes focus on culture writ large: we study great texts, and we do so with an eye to gender roles, traditions, communities, individual freedom, social obligations, and many other topics of critical importance today. We offer concentrations in French, Italian, and Spanish, as well as a composite major in Romance Languages, and courses in introductory Portuguese. Our Ph.D. programs in French and Spanish are comprehensive and designed to prepare careers in academia, with a focus on research and teaching. more

Moraña wins MLA prize

Fall book roundup

We are delighted to report that Mabel Moraña, William H. Gass Professor in Arts and Sciences, has won the Katherine Singer Kovacs Prize from the Modern Language Association of America. The prize, which will be awarded at the MLA’s annual convention in January, recognizes Prof. Moraña’s book, Arguedas/Vargas Llosa: Dilemas y ensamblajes, published by Iberoamericana/Vervuert. This is the first time that the Kovacs prize has gone to a book written in Spanish...[Read More]

Frederick Luis Aldama Arts & Humanities Distinguished Professor & University Distinguished Scholar Ohio State
Women's Building Lounge @ 5:00pm
Bill Van Patten, Dept. of Romance and Classical Studies Second Languages Program at Michigan State University
Busch 100 @ 4:00pm
Bill Van Patten Department of Romance and Classical Studies Second Language Studies Program at Michigan State University
Danforth University Center, Presentation Room 234 @ 9:00am