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. ...read more

A Commitment to Research Excellence

Our faculty share a tradition of active engagement in research. Our scholarly monographs appear with the best university presses in the US and abroad, and we regularly publish articles in top scholarly journals. Faculty in Romance Languages collaborate on research projects within the department as well as with colleagues in other departments and universities. We give lectures and present papers at universities and scholarly conferences around the world, and we bring the world to Washington University in conferences held here. Our research both feeds our courses and flows from them. The research/teaching dynamic lies at the core of our efforts and makes our department a productive environment for students, both undergrads and grads, who make their intellectual home with us. ...read more

Oct
01
Jen Popiel Prof. of History St. Louis University
TBA @ 3:00pm
Oct
09
Prof. Shu-mei Shih UCLA
Busch Hall, Room 100 @ 6:00pm
Oct
13
CubanDocumentary Film Maker: Gloria Rolando
Danforth University Center, Presentation Room 234 @ 6:00pm