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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.
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Writing about Humanity
Jessica Capwell '16 spent her summer writing for a digital magazine called French Morning. READ MORE
Academics in Romance Languages
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The student-run Italian Club is organizes events that involving Italian culture, language, and life.  READ MORE
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.


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


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.

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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:

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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Histoire de Nègre

A total of 21 students from Prof. Ramakrishnan's FRE/ALST 226 and Christian DuComb's ENGL 351 participated in a staged reading of the Martinican play, Histoire de nègre on March 28, 2015. It recounts the history of slavery in Martinique as it relates to the American civil rights movement. This staged reading at Colgate was the first performance of this historically important play in English.

Subsequently, on May 29, 2015, four students from the FRE/ALST 226 class served on a panel at the Caribbean Studies Association Conference in New Orleans, Louisiana to discuss and share their experiences of performing the staged reading of Histoire de nègre.
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Department Contacts

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