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Romance and Classical Studies


Welcome to the Department of Romance and Classical Studies! Our department fosters the study of the human experience as expressed historically and globally in French, Italian, Portuguese and Spanish, and in the languages and cultural heritage of ancient Greece and Rome. We enable students to become proficient in these languages and think critically about their world.

Main Office Contact Info:
Romance and Classical Studies
619 Red Cedar Road
Wells Hall B-331
East Lansing, MI 48824

P: (517) 355-8350
F: (517) 432-2736

Dr. Joseph Francese

Professor of Italian


William J. Beal Outstanding Faculty Award

"For his superior scholarship, outstanding teaching, and extensive service to MSU and the Michigan community, Dr. Francese is highly deserving of the Michigan State University William J. Beal Outstanding Faculty Award."

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Prof. Safoi Babana-Hampton (c.) accompanied by French journalist Cyril Payen (l.) meets with French Minister of Veterans’ Affairs and National Memory, Mr. Jean-Marc Todeschini (r.) and the Deputy Minister Serge Barcellini as part of her documentary film “Hmong Memory at the Crossroads." 



Check out RCS Past Events and Alumni News in Pictures

La Hora Española

Spring 2015 Hours:

Wednesdays - 1:00 - 2:30 PM

Thursdays - 1:00 - 2:30 PM

Held in B-135 Wells Hall


Spring 2015 Hours:

Tuesdays: 1:00 -2:00 PM

B-135 Wells Hall 

French Resources

Stay updated with the French Consulate in Chicago!

1. Subscription setup for "Liasions," the Consulate's monthly newsletter.

2. The Consulate Facebook page.





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3/16-4/17 - PHOTO EXHIBIT, "In the Shadow of Cortes: From Veracruz to Mexico City"

"In the Shadow of Cortes: From Veracruz to Mexico City." Look Out! Gallery, RCAH (C200 Snyder Hall, 2nd Floor). Open to the public M-F 12:00 - 2:00 PM and during events.

4/2 -  ZYGMUNT G. BARANSKINotre Dame Chair of Dante and Italian Studies.

4:15 PM, B-342 Wells Hall. "Dante, Orthodox? Unorthodox? Problems of Dante's Intellectual Formation." 

4/15 -  "In the Shadow of Cortes" Closing Events

5:00-6:30 PM. C020 Snyder Hall, Auditorium

"The Broken Spears" a collective account by the students of IAH 203 - Native Latin America. Panel discussion and round table "Representations of Mexican and Latin American Diversities Today."

6:30- 7:30 PM, Look Out! Gallery, RCAH.

Gallery walk and closing reception.

4/17 -  S. Boehm/ J. Francese/ V. Denzel/ D. Mendez/ M. Ribeiro, Romance and Classical Studies.

1:00-3:30 PM, B100 Wells Hall

"Subalternity in the Romance World: (In)Equality of Speech?" Round table and discussion.

5/1 - RCS Awards Day Ceremony & Reception 

Awards Ceremony:

3:00-4:30pm B117 Auditorium Wells Hall

Awards Reception:

4:30-6:00pm B243 Wells Hall