About Our Department
Romance Languages and Literatures has world-class, award-winning faculty who publish extensively on the cultures of the French, Italian, Portuguese, and Spanish-speaking worlds. In addition, our faculty teach classes in culture and language long popular with undergraduates anticipating a global dimension to their future careers or interested in international travel. All of our courses focus how engaged world citizens may navigate identities, communities, traditions, and many other topics of critical importance today.
We offer majors and minors in French, Italian, and Spanish, a composite major in Romance Languages, and courses in introductory Portuguese. With this training, our graduates go on to careers in fields that include medicine, business, law, education, foreign service, social work and advocacy with the advantage over their peers that comes from a deep understanding and command of languages and cultures. Our PhD programs in French and Hispanic Studies prepare our students for careers in academia and beyond: the research skills they impart provide an intellectual formation second to none.
Some coronavirus lessons from Boccaccio
Giovanni Boccaccio’s masterpiece, the “Decameron,” is set on the outskirts of Florence in 1348. His protagonists have retreated to the countryside in the wake of the Black Death, which is decimating their city both mortally and socially. The book offers important lessons as we confront the global threat of Coronavirus.Read more