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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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    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.

Link to the book: http://www.fabula.org/actualites/valentina-denzel-les-mille-et-un-visages-de-la-virago-marphise-et-bradamante-entre-continuation-et_74185.php



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The 16th Tropos Conference Program on "Sickening Discourses" is ready. In addition to 27 presenters,  Professor Jean Franco (Columbia U) and Professor A. Garriga-López (Kalamazoo College) will deliver keynote presentations. Visit the conference website and program here:




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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.



  • deanaward2.JPGCongratulations to Leann Dalimonte, RCS Graduate Secretary, recipient of the College of Arts and Letters 2016 Rising Star Award. This award recognizes non-academic support staff members who have worked for the College for one to three years and have shown promise early in their CAL careers with a potential for growth and advancement. It honors those staff members who have exhibited exemplary dedication to the mission of the College and MSU.


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.

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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).


Featured News

Recent Event: 2016 RCS Student Awards Day Ceremony


RCS Past News 

RCS Language Help Rooms Fall 2016 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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