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Undergraduate Study

The Department of Romance Studies offers students a broad range of opportunities for language acquisition, as well as the chance to become sophisticated interpreters of the literature, film, philosophy and material culture produced within and influenced by the Romance languages.

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Majors and Minors

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:

Questions? Our Director of Undergraduate Studies is Cecelia Lawless, Senior Lecturer of Spanish Language and Literature. Her office hours are listed on the Department Directory and Office House page


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Student Highlights

Class of 2019 Extraordinary Journeys

Recent graduates reflect on their experiences and studies at Cornell:

Class of 2018 Extraordinary Journeys

Class of 2017 Extraordinary Journeys

Braulio Castillo

Cornell is a place where you are exposed to people from all walks of life. Talk to them! Get to know them! This opens doors in many ways you may have never previously imagined, and can lead to life long friends.

— Braulio Castillo, Biological Sciences & French ’18