Skip to main content

Romance Languages and Literatures

In this program, students and faculty continue to explore time-honored and new paths of study that reach across nationalities, languages, cultures, temporalities, and methodologies in an increasingly socially conscious world.

Our community celebrates the humanities at the same time as it reimagines the importance of humanistic study in the global age.

Faculty members are experts, not only in language but in other areas as well, allowing you to take courses in different departments. You can craft your own path in the Romance languages and literatures, as other students have done, in areas like medieval studies, poetics, feminist theory, urban studies, performance studies, gender studies, and philosophy.

Examples of student theses and dissertations include “Affecting Lives: The Politics of Biography in Modern Italy, (1850-1881),” “Declining (the) Subject: Immunity and the Crisis of Masculine Selfhood in Modern France (1870-2000),” and “The 1824 Confederation of the Equator and Cultural Production in Brazil.”

Graduates have secured faculty and research positions at prestigious institutions such as Columbia University, New York University Abu Dhabi, Ecole Internationale Bilingue in France, and the Universita Di Parma in Italy. Others have gone on to careers in strategic consulting, research, and communications.

Additional information on the graduate program is available from the Department of Romance Languages and Literatures and requirements for the degree are detailed in Policies.

Areas of Study

French | Italian | Portuguese | Spanish | Joint Track | Unspecified

Admissions Requirements

Please review admissions requirements and other information before applying. You can find degree program-specific admissions requirements below and access additional guidance on applying from the Department of Romance Languages and Literatures.

Writing Sample

A writing sample is required as part of the application and should be a sample of your best scholarly work in your chosen area of study, between 15 to 20 pages, double-spaced, written in the target language.

Standardized Tests

GRE General: Required

Theses & Dissertations

Theses & Dissertations for Romance Languages and Literatures


See list of Romance Languages and Literatures faculty


Degrees Offered


Questions about the Program?

Kathy Hanley
Graduate Program Coordinator