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Romance and Classical Studies
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.

  


 NEWS

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    Congratulations to Valentina Denzel, Assistant Professor of French, recipient of the College of Arts and Letters 2016 Alumni Award for Innovation and Leadership in Teaching and Learning.  Created by the College Alumni Association, this award recognizes excellence among faculty who have served the college between 3 and 10 years. Professor Denzel has set a new standard for engaged teaching, both for students and for community partners.  More information: http://www.cal.msu.edu/facultyalumniawards/

 

  • 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.
  • babana.JPGLeading a team of faculty, students, community and international collaborators at MSU, IU, UM, and France, project Principal Investigator Safoi Babana-Hampton was selected in 2016, as a 2nd time recipient of the Humanities Without Walls 2nd round of Global Midwest grants.  The Humanities Without Walls Consortium is based at the Illinois Program for Research in the Humanities at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, funded by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.  After the first documentary Hmong Memory at the Crossroads, the award will support the production of its sequel Growing Up Hmong at the Crossroads, a transnational film project, set in the United States, France, Thailand and Laos. 
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    Congratulations to Rocío Quispe-Agnoli, Professor of Spanish, recipient of the College of Arts and Letters 2016 Faculty Leadership Award. This award recognizes faculty who go beyond the routine tasks, are generous in sharing insights, and provide hard work and mentorship to others that creates excellence and vision in programs and departments.

More information: http://www.cal.msu.edu/facultyalumniawards/

 
 
 

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Congratulations to our latest PhDs in Hispanic Cultural Studies who successfully defended their doctoral dissertations last April: Octavio Borges-Delgado (Diss: “National Disidentifications: Diasporic Identity Formation in Contemporary Puerto Rican and Dominican Narratives of Migration”); Diomedes Solano-Rábago (Diss: “La Gente Bien: Literary and Cultural Representations of the Mexican Aristocracy from the Mid-Twentieth Century to the Present”); and David Vidal-Jones (“Narrativas de transición en el cine y la literatura de Chile: Neorrealismo, virtualidad y cuerpos cibernéticos de la post-dictadura”).

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Congratulations to our Graduate Students who were honored in the College of Arts and Letters Awards ceremony on May 5, 2016: Osvaldo Sandoval (Spanish Contributor Award), Lucie Lecocq-Aussignargues (Johannes Sachse Award for Outstanding Graduate Student in French), Dr. Douglas Noverr (Interim Chairperson); Sophie Brunau (Outstanding TA of French), Claudia Berríos-Campos (2016 CAL Varg Sullivan Award, and Johannes Sachse Award for Outstanding Graduate Student in Spanish); Jonathan Montalvo (Outstanding TA in Spanish).


 

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    Events See all events

  • New International Student: Immigration Check In
    2016-08-02 15:00:00 2016-08-02 17:00:00 40 New International Student: Immigration Check In

    Immigration Check-in / Social Security
    Expanded Immigration Check-In. Every Tuesday and Thursday between August 2, 2016
    and August 18, 2016 during specific hours: Tuesdays (3:00pm-5:00pm), Thursdays
    (9:00am-11am). 105 International Center (OISS Office)

    Graduate Student Immigration Check-In (LATE ARRIVALS) will be held on August 26,
    2016 between 9:00am-11:00am in 214 Bessey Hall. Graduate students who arrive after
    August 26, 2016 should come to 105 International Center (OISS Office) Monday – Friday,
    8:30am-11:30am or 1:00pm-5:00pm.

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  • MSU Speak Test: New International Students Practice
    2016-08-16 15:00:00 2016-08-16 17:00:00 40 MSU Speak Test: New International Students Practice

    MSU Speaking Test
    Registration
    A new process for registering students for the MSU Speaking Test, accessing test results, and requesting
    appeals will be in place for 2016-2017. Students will be able to register for the test online, which will
    generate an “action request” email to the department representative for approval. Students will no longer
    need to get a hardcopy request form signed by the department and delivered to the ELC. Results will be
    available within five business days after the test and be viewable online by authorized representatives
    from departments, the graduate school, and Human Resources. You will receive an e-mail from The
    Graduate School in June once the system is up and operational.
    Practice
    • Date: Tuesday, August 16, 2016
    • Time: 3:00pm-5:00pm
    • Location: 108 Bessey Hall
    Testing
    • Dates: Wednesday, August 17 & Thursday, August 18, 2016
    • Times: By Appointment Only
    • Location: English Language Center, Wells Hall
    Testing (Late Arrivals Only)
    • Dates: Thursday, August 25, 2016
    • Times: By Appointment Only
    • Location: English Language Center, Wells Hall


    Notification of Results
    Results will be available within five business days after the test and be viewable online by authorized
    representatives from departments, the graduate school, and Human Resources.

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  • MSU Speak Test: New International Students Test Dates
    2016-08-17 08:00:00 2016-08-17 17:00:00 40 MSU Speak Test: New International Students Test Dates

    MSU Speaking Test
    Registration
    A new process for registering students for the MSU Speaking Test, accessing test results, and requesting
    appeals will be in place for 2016-2017. Students will be able to register for the test online, which will
    generate an “action request” email to the department representative for approval. Students will no longer
    need to get a hardcopy request form signed by the department and delivered to the ELC. Results will be
    available within five business days after the test and be viewable online by authorized representatives
    from departments, the graduate school, and Human Resources. You will receive an e-mail from The
    Graduate School in June once the system is up and operational.
    Practice
    • Date: Tuesday, August 16, 2016
    • Time: 3:00pm-5:00pm
    • Location: 108 Bessey Hall
    Testing
    • Dates: Wednesday, August 17 & Thursday, August 18, 2016
    • Times: By Appointment Only
    • Location: English Language Center, Wells Hall
    Testing (Late Arrivals Only)
    • Dates: Thursday, August 25, 2016
    • Times: By Appointment Only
    • Location: English Language Center, Wells Hall


    Notification of Results
    Results will be available within five business days after the test and be viewable online by authorized
    representatives from departments, the graduate school, and Human Resources.

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  • New TA Institute: Graduate School
    2016-08-19 08:30:00 2016-08-19 17:00:00 40 New TA Institute: Graduate School

    Registration for New TA Institute and International TA Orientation opens on April 1, 2016
    http://grad.msu.edu/tap/tapreg.aspx .

    New TA Institute
    Date: Friday, August 19, 2016
    Time: 8:30am – 5:00 pm (breakfast and registration at 7:45 am)
    Location: B115 Wells Hall
    Audience: Graduate students who will be appointed as TAs for the first time in 2016-2017
    Topics & Related Policies/Resources: Plenary Sessions (ALL participants)

    • Making Your Teaching Inclusive & Accessible (ADA responsibilities; RCPD Resources; high-impact
      teaching and learning strategies that promote access)

    • Promoting Student Privacy & Academic Integrity (FERPA and Academic Misconduct Policies at MSU;
      high-impact teaching and learning strategies that promote both privacy & academic integrity)

    • Promoting Learning Environments Free of Sex Discrimination & Harassment (Responsibilities under the
      Relationship Violence and Sexual Misconduct Policy – mandatory reporting; problem-solving through
      case study work; campus and local resources)

    • Promoting Undergraduate Student Success at Michigan State (MSU Neighborhood Case Studies and
      Resources)

    Concurrent Sessions (based upon interest and teaching contexts)
    Topics (examples, not confirmed)

    • Succeeding as a TA in the Laboratory Setting
    • Using Assessment to Promote Student Learning
    • Keeping Students Motivated and Engaged
    • Experienced TA Panels
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  • Required International Student TA Orientation: Graduate School
    2016-08-20 09:30:00 2016-08-20 17:00:00 40 Required International Student TA Orientation: Graduate School

    Dates: Saturday, August 20 & Sunday August 21, 2016
    Times: 9:30am – 5:00pm both days (registration and breakfast at 8:45am)
    Location: 108 Bessey Hall
    Audience: International graduate students who will be appointed as TAs for the first time in 2016-2017.
    Topics: Cultural nuances of the U.S. / MSU college classroom; teaching practice; case-based problem solving
    focused on common opportunities and challenges in working with undergraduate students; networking
    with interdisciplinary set of graduate students from around the world.

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  • Required Department New TA Orientation: Week Long
    2016-08-22 09:00:00 2016-08-22 16:30:00 40 Required Department New TA Orientation: Week Long

    Monday, August 22: 9:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
    Tuesday, August 23: 9:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
    Wednesday, August 24: 9:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
    Thursday, August 25: 9:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
    Friday, August 26: 9:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
    Monday, August 29: 9:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.


    Failure to attend any parts of the orientation may put your teaching assistantship in jeopardy. So, we urge you to arrive to East Lansing at least the week prior and get settled so that you are ready to start on Monday, the 22nd. Classes officially begin Wednesday, August 31. You will have Tuesday, August 30 to prepare for your first class meetings.
    Also during orientation week, you will meet with your graduate advisors. We have not yet determined the day and time but it will be included in the schedule outlined above. When you arrive in August, we will have a more fully articulated daily schedule for the week of orientation. In the meantime, simply plan accordingly to be here on Monday, August 22 at 9:00 in Wells Hall B-342.

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Recent Event: 2016 RCS Student Awards Day Ceremony

 


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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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