The Department of Romance Studies gives voice to the literatures and cultures of those parts of the world where French, Italian, Portuguese and Spanish are or have been spoken. The undergraduate and graduate programs offer students a broad range of opportunities for language acquisition, as well as the chance to become sophisticated interpreters of cultures and deliver intellectual engagement across linguistic and textual boundaries.
Romance Studies News
Writer Vladimir Nabokov spent much of his time on campus in nature and in the Cornell Insect Collection.Read more
“The conference showcased the true intergenerational and diverse group of scholars involved in Andean Studies,” said Prof. Cohen-Aponte.Read more
The performance will feature singer-songwriter Rokia Traoré, who wrote the music for the original production.Read more
The corridor is a consortium of 11 universities and colleges endowed by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.Read more
The competitive fellowships send PhD students abroad for up to 12 months to build on their language proficiency, engage with other cultures and complete significant dissertation research on global cultures and societies.Read more
Congratulations to the Class of 2022!
Recent graduates reflect on their experiences and studies at Cornell:
"Thanks to my Arts & Sciences education, I am a fluent reader, writer and scholar in four different languages... I wrote my honors theses on Italian and German works of literature, and I spent a summer conducting anthropological research on Quilombola communities in Brazil. The ability to think critically and express myself in several languages has contributed to my analytical skills, professional development and provided me with an international perspective."
- Ariana Croese, '22
- Amelia Clute, College Scholar, Spanish Language
- Ariana Croese, Italian and German Studies
- Natalie Kalitsi, Information Science & French
- Catalina Peñéñory, Classics and Italian
- Luis Tamayo, Sociology and Spanish
The Department of Romance Studies offers three majors and four minors for undergraduate students, along with coursework in Polish. Explore the links below for detailed information each program: