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Romance Languages and Literatures

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!

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:
Histoire de nègre
Laine Barrand, Nicole Jackson, Matthew Kavanagh, and Linh Le served on a panel and shared their experiences of performing the staged reading of Histoire de nègre.
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
Writing about Humanity
Jessica Capwell '16 spent her summer writing for a digital magazine called French Morning. READ MORE
Academics in Romance Languages
Our course offerings will challenge your knowledge and assumptions and engage your desire to learn.  READ MORE
Italian Club
The student-run Italian Club is organizes events that involving Italian culture, language, and life.  READ MORE

Department Contacts

Chair: Lourdes Rojas
Administrative Assistant: Esther Rosbrook (
Office: Lawrence Hall
Phone: 315-228-7289
Dept. Fax: 315-228-7176