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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.



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    Congratulations to Anne Violin-Wigent, Associate Professor of French, for receiving the 2015 Barbara Ort-Smith from the Michigan World Languages Association. This award is the most prestigious award a professional in the field of world languages can receive in the State of Michigan and honors those who show a strong commitment to the profession, and the promotion of excellence in world language education.




  • rociodoc2.JPGThe documentary “Guamán Poma de Ayala” aired in Peru’s National Television November 23, 2015. Added to UNESCO’s Memory of the World Programme, 2015 marks the 400th anniversary of Guaman Poma’s chronicle. Professor Rocío Quispe-Agnoli, specialist in this author’s works, participated as a consultant for the program and was featured alongside Dr. Juan Ossio, Peru’s former Ministry of Cultural Affairs, and Dr. Raquel Chang-Rodríguez, Distinguished Professor of Hispanic Studies, CUNY. Documentary: http://www.tvperu.gob.pe/play/videos/sucedio-en-el-peru/guam-n-poma-de-ayala


  • Professor Joseba GabilondoCongratulations to Professor Joseba Gabilondo who has recently won the 2015 Miguel de Unamuno Essay Prize. His winning essay “Globalizations and the New Middle Ages: On the Return of Differences” stemmed from Professor Gabilondo’s SPN 872 class on Globalization and Theory.  For more information:




Film trailer: http://hmc.cal.msu.edu/film-trailer/
  • EssayContestLogo_15_small.jpgJohn Nowak, Spanish and Music Major, won first place and $1,000 in the Summer 2015 Study Abroad Essay Contest with an essay titled, "A Universal Language." In the summer of 2015, Nowak took part in the Spanish Language, Literature and Culture in Santander (Spain) study abroad program. His award-winning piece reflects on the relationship he forged with the Groovin’ Beards, a band based in Santander. John was also featured in TEDxMSU on March 4, 2015 with his reflection on living, learning, and harnessing the will to connect people through music.
Read John Nowak's full essay here.

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Join us in celebrating the accomplishment by Doctoral students Julio C Paredes, Judit Fuente Cuesta, and Fatou Faye. Julio and Judit passed successfully their doctoral comprehensive examinations in the fall of 2015. Their dissertation proposals, on nineteenth-century Austral American masculinities and women’s power and affectivity in Spanish media respectively, were also approved and now Julio and Judit are ABDs (All But Dissertation) and PhD candidates in Hispanic Cultural Studies.  Also, last December, Fatou defended successfully her doctoral dissertation "Femme, religion et littérature: La place de l'Islam dans l'écriture féminine sénégalaise francophone" under the direction of professor S. Babana-Hampton.  Fatou is now the recipient of a PhD in French Language and Literature from Michigan State University.


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  • Julian Samora Endowment Scholarship
    2016-02-12 08:00:00 2016-02-12 17:00:00 40 Julian Samora Endowment Scholarship

    February 12, 2016, 5:00 PM: Deadline to submit application to the 2016-2017 Julian Samora Endowment Scholarship.  MSU internal scholarship through the Julian Samora Research Institute for Latino-based (applicant doesn’t have to be of Chicano/Latino decent) research which applicants must have specific ties to Latino scholarly subjects, such as immigrant issues, diversity, agriculture as it relates to migrant workers.

    For instructions and information: http://grad.msu.edu/news/docs/Samora.pdf

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  • Annual Progress Report Deadline
    2016-02-12 08:00:00 2016-02-12 17:00:00 40 Annual Progress Report Deadline

    Deadline to submit Graduate Annual Progress Reports.

    Submit to RCS main office, by email (dalimon8@msu.edu) or hard copy in person: B-331 Wells Hall.

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  • Teaching Abroad Panel Discussion
    2016-02-12 13:00:00 2016-02-12 14:30:00 40 Teaching Abroad Panel Discussion

    Teaching Abroad Panel Discussion

    Interested in learning about Teaching at an International School abroad after receiving Teacher Certification?

    Considering Teaching English abroad?


    This information session is designed for students from ALL MAJORS who are interested in teaching abroad. You will hear from panelists who have participated in a variety of teaching abroad experiences. Organizations will also be available to answer questions about their programs. The event will take place on Friday, Feb 12th @ 1:00 in Wells B122. See attached Flyer for more details.

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  • Summer Support Fellowship Deadline
    2016-02-15 08:00:00 2016-02-15 16:00:00 40 Summer Support Fellowship Deadline

    Deadline to submit applications for (1) Summer Support Fellowships and (2) Special College Research Abroad Monies (SCRAM) to RCS main office (dalimon8@msu.edu). See call for applications sent by DGS on 11/30/2015.

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  • Faculty Proposal Deadline: Tech-GA
    2016-02-15 08:00:00 2016-02-15 17:00:00 40 Faculty Proposal Deadline: Tech-GA

    Deadline to submit faculty proposals for 2016-2017 Tech-Graduate Assistantship to RCS main office (dalimon8@msu.edu). See call for applications sent by DGS on 11/30/2015.

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  • 2016-2017 King-Chávez-Parks Future Faculty Fellowship Program Deadline
    2016-02-15 08:00:00 2016-02-15 17:00:00 40 2016-2017 King-Chávez-Parks Future Faculty Fellowship Program Deadline

    February 15, 2016, 5:00 PM: Deadline to submit application to the 2016-2017 King-Chávez-Parks Future Faculty Fellowship (FFF) Program at MSU. The goal of the fellowship is to increase the number of traditionally underrepresented doctoral degree graduates who enter academic careers in postsecondary education. For more information, instructions and contact: http://grad.msu.edu/fellowships/kcp.aspx or call the Graduate School at: 517-353-3220.

    [Last year’s form: http://grad.msu.edu/fellowships/docs/KCPapp15-16.pdf ]

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