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Giving voice to the literatures and cultures of the world

Department of Romance Studies

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.

Ariana Croese

Congratulations to the Class of 2022!

Extraordinary Journeys

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

Read more Extraordinary Journeys of the Class of 2022

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Lecturer in Spanish language (ROMS), teaches a class.

Undergraduate Program

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:

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Graduate Program

The Department of Romance Studies strives to create an atmosphere of intense intellectual engagement across linguistic and textual boundaries.

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