Romance Languages

The major in Romance Language combines advanced study in two Romance languages, including French, Italian, Portuguese, or Spanish. Our students explore the languages, literature and cultures of the Romance world, both modern and historical. They work on understanding, speaking, reading and writing the modern language. Our courses focus on the historical roots of these languages and cultures, on cultural production (such as prose, poetry, theater, film, criticism), and linguistic knowledge. We urge students to study in one or more of countries where Romance languages are spoken in order to deepen their linguistic abilities and cultural knowledge.
Top Five
Reasons to Study
This Major
  1. Understand the histories, societies, and cultures of two different Romance languages.

  2. Learn and grow in an interdisciplinary field.

  3. Become an informed and engaged global citizen.

  4. Develop critical language skills.

  5. Prepare yourself for a wide variety of future careers or further studies.

College of Arts and Sciences
Where Can I Go?

Students in Romance Languages pursue a Bachelor of Arts (BA), a Master of Arts (MA), or a Doctor of Philosophy (PhD). A major in Romance Languages provides students with a foundation for employment in:

Nongovernmental organizations

Intragovernmental agencies (e.g. the United Nations)

Federal government agencies

Law firms

Public interest groups

Research institutes

Humanitarian services

International business

Print and broadcast media companies

Colleges and universities
Alumni Jobs


Web director

Research Assistant

Technical writer


International buyer

Patient service representative
Courses You
May Need

1st Year
First Romance Language (French, Italian, or Spanish); placed according to proficiency level

2nd Year
Continue study of first Romance Language; Begin study of second Romance language

3rd Year
Lang&cultx2 (FR301-2/IT301-3/PO301-3/SP301-5,308); Litx3 (FR312-9/IT317-9/SP341-53/SP320-4)

4th Year
Add'l courses in lit, film, linguistics or translation (e.g. FR 407 or ITAL 407 or SPAN 407)

Major Credits
Required 32
Electives 16

Total 48

Core Education Requirements

BS or BA Degree Minimum = 180 credits.

Core Education is approximately 71—83 credits depending on transfer credits and placement scores and requires courses in:


Math and/or CS (BS) or Language (BA)

US: Difference, Inequality, Agency

Global Perspectives

Areas of Inquiry in:

Arts and Letters

Social Science / Science
What Will I Learn?

Oral and written communication

Critical thinking and analysis

Cross-cultural collaboration

Language tutoring and translating

Grant writing


Policy development & analysis

Program administration and evaluation

Economic and community development

Public outreach and community relations
Experiential learning opportunities

Study abroad in the countries where your languages of study are spoken (GEO)

International internships (IE3, Globalworks)

Local internships in bilingual K-12 programs or with community organizations (PLE)

Language circles
Specialized Courses

Latino Heritage

Lusophonia: The Portuguese-speaking World

The Italian-American Experience

Francophone Women's Writing

French Theater

Desire and Resistance: Italian Cinema

Hispanic Cultures through Literature

National Identities and Border Cultures in the Americas
Add A Minor Or Certificate

Business Administration


Latin American Studies


Second Language Acquisition and Teaching [certificate]

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