Courses of Study

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Department of Romance Studies

Last updated: June 30, 2015 at 3:42 p.m.


Students in the Department of Romance Studies (ROMS) examine the languages, literatures, and cultures of countries and people who speak Spanish, French, and Italian with the aim of developing cultural and linguistic proficiency, while advancing their knowledge of and respect for diverse traditions, strengthening their critical thinking skills, and becoming responsible and well-informed global citizens. Our faculty is particularly diverse, and we pride ourselves on working closely with students. Our courses offer students an interdisciplinary perspective on the world and count toward studies in a number of University programs, such as Medieval and Renaissance Studies; History of Ideas; European Cultural Studies; Film, Television, and Interactive Media; Latin American and Latino Studies; Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies; Religious Studies; Education Studies; International and Global Studies; Cultural Production; Theater Arts; Comparative Literature and Culture; and African and African-American Studies.


Michael Randall, Chair

French and Francophone Studies

Hollie Harder, Director of Language Programs
French language and culture. Language pedagogy. Nineteenth- and twentieth-century French literature. Women's studies.

Clémentine Fauré-Bellaïche

Edward Kaplan
French romanticism. Modern French poetry and theory. Baudelaire. Jabès. Bonnefoy. Religion and literature. Comparative literature. Translation.

Michael Randall, Chair of the Department of Romance Studies
Late medieval and Renaissance poetry, prose, and philosophy. Comparative literature. Modern politics and literature in Francophone world.

Catherine Theobald (on leave spring 2016)
Early modern French literature and culture. Word and image studies. Portraiture. Early modern prose forms: maxims, portraits, novels. Book illustration. Collecting practices.

Martine Voiret, Undergraduate Advising Head
French language and culture. Eighteenth century French literature. Women's and gender studies.

Hispanic Studies

Jerónimo Arellano
Twentieth and twenty-first century Latin American literature. Colonial Latin American studies. Media Studies.

Jorge Arteta
Spanish language.

Mary Nasielskier de Burstin
Spanish language.

Dian Fox
Spanish medieval and early modern drama, poetry, and prose. Cervantes. Women's and gender studies.

Elena González Ros
Spanish language and language pedagogy.

James Mandrell (on leave fall 2015)
Modern and contemporary Hispanic literature. Comparative literature. Women's, gender, and sexuality studies. Film. 

Raysa Mederos
Spanish language.

Lucía Reyes de Deu
Latin American studies. Nineteenth century Argentine literature. Women's and gender studies. Spanish language and language pedagogy.

Fernando J. Rosenberg, Undergraduate Advising Head
Comparative literature. Latin American modernity. Contemporary literature, film and performance. Law and literature.

Italian Studies

Paola Servino, Co-Chair and Undergraduate Advising Head, Interdepartmental Program in Italian Studies
Italian language and culture.

Silvia Monteleone-Wasson
Italian language and culture.

Affiliated Faculty (contributing to the curriculum, advising and administration of the department or program)
Mark Hulliung (History)
Paul Jankowski (History)
Susan Lanser (English)
Nancy Scott (Fine Arts)

Requirements for the Undergraduate Majors and Minors

For course offerings and requirements for the major and minor, refer to the sections found elsewhere in this Bulletin for European Cultural Studies, French and Francophone Studies, Hispanic Studies, and Italian Studies. 

Courses of Instruction