Welcome to Romance and Classical Studies at Michigan State University! Our department fosters knowledge of the human experience as expressed historically and globally in the Romance and Classical languages. Together, students and faculty study French, Italian, Portuguese and Spanish and the cultures throughout the world where they are spoken and written, as well as the classical languages and cultural heritage of Greece and Rome. We enable students to become proficient in these languages, literatures and cultures, and to think critically about their world.
Our department offers Bachelor of Arts degrees in French and Spanish; undergraduate minors in French, Italian, Portuguese, Spanish, and in Classical and Ancient Mediterranean Studies; and Teacher Certifications in French, Italian, Latin and Spanish. Graduate study leads to Master of Arts degrees in French Studies, Hispanic Literatures and Spanish as a Second or Bilingual Language, as well as to Doctoral degrees in French Studies and Hispanic Cultural Studies. Our students develop and apply their knowledge and skills through the extracurricular activities and study abroad opportunities in Europe and Latin America.
As part of its vision, Romance and Classical Studies aims to become recognized as a national leader in innovative research and teaching while preserving the values of the core curriculum. To this end, we will:
Congratulations to Anna Kirkwood Graham, Assistant Professor of Latin, for the publication of her new book Catalogue of the Manuscripts in the Dom Edmond Obrecht Collection of Gethsemani Abbey. Dr. Kirkwoods extensive descriptions include a full analysis of the manuscripts written before 1500.
Link to the book: https://mip-archumanitiespress.org/products/c-6797-101121-85-8335-1/
Congratulations to Valentina Denzel, Assistant Professor of French, for the publication of her new book Les Mille et en visages de la virago - Marphise et Bradamante, entre continaution et variation, Paris, Classiques, coll. Perspectives comparatistes, 2016.
A new edition of a novel first published in 1826 about the slave revolt that began in 1791 and led to the Haitian Republic, founded in 1804. Edition by French Professor, Marshall Olds and PhD student in French, Language & Literature, Sarah Mecheneau.
Please see the attached article for more information.
Congratulations to our latest PhDs who successfully defended their doctoral dissertations last August: Elizabeth White, PhD in French Language and Literature, "Subtitles and the Cultural Referent in Francophone Film," under the direction of Professor Marshall Olds. Alejandro González-Landeros, PhD in Hispanic Cultural Studies, “Estrellas, medios y relatos de futbol en México (1941-2001)” under the direction of Professor María Mudrovcic. In addition, Alejandro starts as an Assistant Professor of Spanish at the University of Central Arkansas this fall.
Welcome to our newest graduate students! Left to Right - Front Row: Leonardo Carvajal, Laura Romero, Hannah Olsen, Manon Pagé, Nicholas Bruckman, Rebecca Frandsen and Left to Right - Back Row: Matthew Gresko, Xavier Jimenéz-Cuba, Natalia Dolgoborodova, and Maragaret Kennedy (not pictured).
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Romance and Classical Studies
619 Red Cedar Road
Wells Hall B-331
East Lansing, MI 48824
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