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Romance and Classical Studies
Romance and Classical Studies


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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.

 Vision Statement

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:

  1. Advance and disseminate linguistic, literary, and cultural research on Ancient Greece and Rome and the Romance world, their complex legacies and transnational ramifications. The range of this research addresses the diversity of human experience by considering the individual and social issues of race, ethnicity, gender, sexuality, class, and geopolitical identity, as expressed in language and culture.
  2. Form engaged citizens who participate critically in local and global communities and who navigate the world's ever-changing dynamics by furthering students' cultural understanding through broad and rigorous curricular initiatives.
  3. Create collaborative initiatives that not only generate digital cultural products but also critically examine such products.
  4. Strengthen pedagogical and research connections between our undergraduate and graduate programs within and across disciplines.




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Save the dates this spring semester! We invite you to enjoy the following events organized and directed by RCS faculty: The MSU Latinx Film Festival (February 1-4) organized by Scott Boehm (Assistant Professor of Spanish & Global Studies and LxFF Director), José Badillo (Ph.D. Candidate), Miguel Cabañas (Associate Professor of Spanish), Claudia Berrios-Campos (Ph.D. Candidate), Judit Fuentecuesta (Ph.D. Candidate) and Osvaldo Sandoval (Ph.D. Candidate); the Migration Studies Symposium (February 16, Kellogg Center), organized by Miguel Cabañas, Associate Professor of Spanish, the Italian Film Festival (April 6-7, B-122 Wells Hall) organized by Carmen De Lorenzo, Instructor of Italian, and the Picturing Others workshop (April 12-13, B-Wells Hall), organized by Safoi Babana-Hampton, Associate Professor of French and Francophone Studies, and Rocío Quispe-Agnoli, Professor of Spanish.

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Congratulations to RCS faculty members who have been awarded 2017-2018 Collaborative Research Grants from the College of Arts and Letters. The projects are Migration Studies Cluster (Professors G. Alfaraz, M. Cabañas, D. Méndez, B. VanPatten);  Picturing Others: Indigenous Photography, (Self) Portraits, Preservation and Epistemic Desobedience (Professors S. Babana-Hampton, R. Quispe-Agnoli in collaboration with Professors C. Keller and L. Smith, Art, Art History and Design), and Syntax for Second Language Professionals (Professor Adolfo Ausín in collaboration with Professor Patti Spinner, Second Language Studies). 

Student News


Congratulations to Giovanni Salazar-Calvo who successfully defended his Doctoral Dissertation Proposal “Instrumentalización hegemónica de la cruzada farmacológica under the direction of Professor Tony Grubbs.

Congratulations to Osvaldo Sandoval (PhD candidate, Hispanic Cultural Studies) for his two recent publications in peer-reviewed journals: “Lo irrepresentable en escena: los olvidados en la dramaturgia del Cono Sur latinoamericano,’ Religación. Revista de Ciencias Sociales y Humanidades 2.7 (2017), and “Hacia una retórica de la presencia en el exilio en la dramaturgia de Jorge Diaz y Jeronimo Lopez Mozo" (Revista Chilena de Literatura. 97, forthcoming 2018).

Honoring Professor Nancy Marino

Dr. Nancy F. Marino passed away on Sunday, March 11th, 2018, after a short but fierce battle with cancer. She holds the rank of Distinguished Professor of Spanish in the Department of Romance and Classical Studies at Michigan State University.


MSU Latinx Film Festival

Organized and Directed by Scott Boehm, Assistant Professor of Spanish and Global Studies (Michigan State University)

Legacies of the Enlightenment

A "Humanities Without Walls" Project, directed by Valentina Denzel, Assistant Professor of French (Michigan State University) and Tracy Rutler, Assistant Professor of French (Penn State University)

Collaborative Edges is an audio portal that showcases conversations on collaborative initiatives across disciplines, language programs and cultural studies at Michigan State University. We invite you to listen to these conversations in which we provide examples on how to break down traditional language and disciplinary boundaries and to foster creativity and new ways of understanding languages around the world.

Listen to the Collaborative Edges Podcasts Here

 RCS Past News 

RCS Language Help Rooms Spring 2017 TBA

CeLTA B-135 Wells Hall

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

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