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Teaching and Student Engagement Award
Professor Lourdes Rojas-Paiewonsky received the 2018 Jerome Balmuth Award for Teaching and Student Engagement. LEARN MORE about the award
Romance Languages Faculty
Compelling instruction and field-leading research is a trademark of our department. MEET OUR FACULTY 
Study Abroad
The are many opportunities to study off campus for a semester, immersing yourself in a new language and culture. OFF-CAMPUS STUDY
Short Fiction in Contemporary Spain
In this video, Professor Marta Perez-Carbonell shares the research and creative work of students in her class on short fiction in Spanish.
Academics in Romance Languages
Our course offerings will challenge your knowledge and assumptions and engage your desire to learn.  READ MORE: Academics in the Romance Languages
Back on Campus: Teresa Delgado '88
Delgado examines Puerto Rican identity in her new book. 
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about Delgado's scholarship
Pursue your passion for language and culture with the equally passionate faculty of the Department of Romance Languages and Literatures.


Francophiles welcome! Develop your global perspective by studying French language and literature and diverse French cultures, from France to the Francophone Caribbean.


Though not currently offered as a major or minor, studying Italian exposes you to a rich cultural and linguistic history that is invaluable in other academic pursuits including art history and the classics.


Spanish language and culture have had a profound impact on the modern world and societies. Knowledge of Spanish is an invaluable skill today!

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Study Abroad

The best way to learn language and culture is to live it. That is why we make it easy and encourage our students to participate in opportunities to study off campus:
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Success after Colgate

Colgate alumni who majored in a Romance Language are pursuing careers in a variety of fields. Check out just a few of the possibilities you can unlock with us:

Department Contacts

Chair: Frederick Luciani
Administrative Assistant: Jennifer Von Matt (
Office: 219a Lawrence Hall
Phone: 315-228-7289
Dept. Fax: 315-228-7176