In order to reduce the risk of exposure to students, staff, and faculty, and in response to the emergent COVID-19 situation, the Department of Romance Languages office will be closed beginning March 17, 2020 for the coming weeks. University updates can be found here. During this period, the Romance Languages office will provide service remotely. Email and phone messages will be checked regularly throughout the business day. Please refer to this contact list for specific questions.

Why Major in Romance Languages at the UO? 

The Romance languages we teach (French, Italian, Portuguese and Spanish) are spoken by hundreds of millions of people on all continents. The degree in Romance languages combines the study of two of the languages we teach. We provide classes in Romance languages that help students develop linguistic abilities with an emphasis on real-world proficiency, as well as introduce students to the major historical and cultural phenomena that characterize the Romance-speaking world.


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Undergraduate Programs

The Department offers an undergraduate major in Romance languages. And you can also double-major in hundreds of other UO degree programs. Courses taught in RL combine readings from more than one Romance language. Recent offerings include the idea of Europe, Mediterranean ecocriticism, queer from the South, fascism and neofascism, and translation studies.

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Graduate Programs

The Department of German and Scandinavian offers both M.A. or Ph.D. programs. Our graduate students have the opportunity to study with leading scholars whose research interests range from modern and contemporary Austrian literature, psychoanalysis, film studies, Jewish studies, philosophy and critical thought, folk traditions, and visual culture.  

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Study Abroad

Learning Romance languages prepares you for the future of global citizenship and the workforce. Our students have the opportunity to spend one or more terms in countries such as France, Spain, Italy, and many more countries where Romance languages are spoken.

The department also offers scholarships specifically for study abroad. Programs are as short as four weeks and as long as a full academic year. In addition, through the IE3 Global program, undergraduates can earn academic credit for doing a professional internship in a Romance language-speaking country.

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Faculty Research

Our Romance languages faculty is comprised of specialists who work on all aspects of the Romance-speaking world, including North America, South America, Europe, Africa, and Asia! They are passionate scholars who inform and inspire, and are dedicated mentors who help students build real-world skills and strong professional networks. 

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