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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 Bill VanPatten, 
    Professor of Spanish Hispanic Literatures,  on his presidency election to the AATSP. 
    The AATSP is an organization of about 10,000 members that represents all levels of the teaching of Spanish and Portuguese as well as all disciplines.




  • anna kirkwood graham.JPGCongratulations 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/


  • valentina book.JPGCongratulations 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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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 fall semester 2016 PhD candidates, Elizabeth White and Andreea Prundeanu.

Elizabeth successfully defended her dissertation Subtitles and the Cultural Referent in Francophone Film in August. Professors S. Babana-Hampton, K. Harrow , L. Porter, M. Olds (director) were the members of her dissertation committee.

Andreea defended her dissertation Cutting Delilah's Hair: Sentimental Collaborators and the Politics of Female Sexuality in WWI/II France in December. Professors E. Ahmed, V. Denzel and A. Norris (director) were the members of her dissertation committee.


Congratulations to our fall semester 2016 PhD candidates who passed their Doctoral Examinations and defended successfully their dissertation proposals (left to right): Claudia Berríos-Campos, “La gran ceguedad de esta miserable gente: Violencia cultural y negociaciones discursivas en el Manuscrito de Huarochirí” (Prof. R. Quispe-Agnoli); José Adrián Badillo, “Representaciones de la corrupción y la violencia mexicana en producciones culturales”(Prof. M. Cabañas); Osvaldo Sandoval, “Lo irrepresentable en escena: los olvidados en la dramaturgia latinoamericana y española contemporáneas (1990-2010)” (Prof. Anthony Grubbs), and Andrew Bentley “Traversing the Zones: Cultural Responses to Urban Violence in Postwar Guatemala”(Prof. M. Cabañas).  


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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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