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

Congratulations to Ignacio, and to Ignacio

It’s been a very good year around here if you happen to be named Ignacio.

The Department extends warm congratulations to Ignacio Infante, who will be promoted to associate professor of comparative literature and Spanish, with tenure, as of July 1...

The Department also congratulates Ignacio Sánchez Prado, who will be promoted to professor of Spanish and Latin American Studies as of July 1.... [Read More]

Lecturer in French, Antoinette Barffour
tba @ 3:00pm
Ellen Nerenberg, Dean of Arts and Humanities, Hollis Professor of Italian and Chair of the Departments of Romance Languages and Theater at Wesleyan University
Women's Building Lounge Reception at 4:00PM, followed by talk at 4:30PM @ 4:00pm
Susan Crane, Parr Professor of English and Comparative Literture Columbia University
TBD @ 4:00pm