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Romance and Classical Studies


Welcome to the Department of Romance and Classical Studies! Our department fosters the study of the human experience as expressed in the languages, literatures, and cultures of France, Italy, Portugal, Spain, and ancient Greece and Rome. We enable students to become proficient in these languages and think critically about their world.

Student Story - Paige Hook


This Student Story features alumna Paige Hook, whose passion for language and French culture has shaped her experience at MSU and abroad.  Read her story here.


Spanish Prof. receives TUMI USA Award


Dr. Quispe-Agnoli is the recipient of one of the prestigious Tumi USA Awards granted to Peruvian immigrants who have excelled as professionals for their merit, estimable trajectory and contribution toward society's collective development and welfare.  Dr. Quispe-Agnoli was awarded the honor due to her dedication to the study of Peruvian and Andean societies, letters, writers, artists and issues of race and ethnicity throughout the centuries. Professor Quispe-Agnoli was especially praised for her teaching about the Incas before, during, and after the Spanish conquest and for her study of iconic Indian writers and artists.  She accepted the award on September 21st at a ceremony held in Miami Beach, FL.


RCS Prof. Honored with Prestigious Award

Dr. Bill VanPatten was named the 2013 recipient of the prestigious ACTFL Wilga Rivers Award for Leadership in Postsecondary Language Education, which will be presented to him at the ACTFL Convention on November 22, 2013.



Spanish student presents linguistic research in Germany

DSCN0017.JPGKyle Latack, a sophomore Spanish major, traveled to Oldenburg, Germany to present his linguistic research at the Generative Approaches to Language Acquisition (GALA) conference in September 2013.  Read more about his experience here.


Check out RCS Past Events and Alumni News in Pictures

La Hora Española

Spring 2014 Hours:

Tuesdays - 1:00 - 2:30 PM

Wednesday - 2:30 - 4:00 PM

Held in B-135 Wells Hall

French Resources

Stay updated with the French Consulate in Chicago!

1. Subscription setup for "Liasions," the Consulate's monthly newsletter.

2. The Consulate Facebook page.



Upcoming RCS Events

Click on each event's headline for program flyer.

With Honors: A French Performance

Wednesday (4/16) and Thursday (4/17) 
8:00 - 9:30 PM
Erickson Kiva 

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