Why study the Romance languages?

Do you want to expand your understanding of the world, effectively communicate with others, and pursue a career with a global perspective?

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The Department of Romance Languages and Literatures offers you the opportunity to enhance your skills beyond basic reading, writing and speaking, and prepare you to flourish in an increasingly global society.

Our courses bring forward historical, political, and cultural elements embedded in different languages and literatures, whether you choose to complete a major or supplementary major in French, Italian, Spanish, International Economics, or Romance Languages, pursue a minor in French, Italian, or Portuguese, or take classes in any of these languages. You can even study Catalan, Creole, or Quechua. 

You can also practice your language skills through active engagements such as community-based learning, language clubs and coffee hours, study abroad, international research and internships, peer tutoring and immersive summer study. 

For questions about our undergraduate programs please contact Professor Keith Schaefer, Director of Undergraduate Studies.

What skills will I learn?

  • Research & Data Analysis
  • Cultural Sensitivity & Social Adaptability
  • Computer Literacy
  • Networking
  • Leadership
  • Problem-solving
  • Oral & Written Presentation
  • Articulate Communication
  • Memorization & Organization

What can I do with them?

  • Education
  • Government/Law
  • Travel/Tourism
  • International Trade
  • Commerce/Banking
  • Communications
  • Print/Electronic Media
  • Academia
  • Scientific Research
  • Social Work
  • Religious Service
  • Politics & International Relations
  • Interpretation

Learn more about our career outcomes by major

Careers for French majors Careers for Italian majors Careers for Spanish majors

Foreign languages: Good for your brain. Great for your career.