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Welcome to the Department of Romance Languages

Romance Languages students at UGA focus on the study of language and cultural texts in a rigorous, collaborative, and creative atmosphere. With expertise in the Humanities that extends from the Middle Ages to current literary and cultural trends, Romance Languages faculty teach courses that explore the roots of Romance cultures in the Mediterranean world up to their present-day manifestations in the Caribbean, Latin America, Africa, the U.S. and Europe. Our programs in French, Italian, Portuguese and Spanish are pluralistic and interdisciplinary, drawing connections between multiple cultures and academic fields. Our offerings in Romance linguistics cover the major areas of theoretical and applied linguistics in the languages of the department, and we are expanding into Catalan, Galician and Quechua. Our literature programs build on research in traditional areas of literary and cultural studies to examine writing as well as oral, cinematic, spatial, and cybernetic textual forms as they relate to aesthetics, gender and sexuality, race and ethnicity, post-colonialism, diasporas and migration, collective memory, visual culture, the digital humanities, and the environment. Undergraduates, including those combining language study with preparation for careers in areas such as the arts, business, education, international affairs, journalism, law, medicine, public service and the sciences, will find ways to enhance their desired skills through our specialized courses, sponsored study abroad programs, immersion residential communities, service learning courses, language conversation groups, film festivals and community-building cultural events throughout the year.

Latest News

Elizabeth Wright of the Department of Romance Languages has been named Distinguished Research Professor.
The Council of Editors of Learned Journals presented its 2019 award for Best Journal Design to Elizabeth Wright, Professor in the Department of Romance Languages, at the Modern Language Association's January conference.
Catherine Jones, Professor of French and Provençal in the Department of Romance Languages, has been named Chevalier dans l'Ordre des Palmes Académiques by the French Ministry of Education.

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UGA en Buenos Aires

UGA en Buenos Aires is a summer Spanish immersion program based in the vibrant and cosmopolitan capital city of Argentina—the land of los guaraníes, los criollos, el mate, el tango, Jorge Luis Borges, el peronismo, las Madres de la Plaza de Mayo, Lionel Messi y muchísimos porteños. Our goals are to foster students´ communicative abilities in Spanish in authentic contexts, to deepen their understanding of Argentina and Latin America, and to improve their analytical and writing skills in Spanish.

UGA en Buenos Aires Study Abroad

Casco Antiguo in Valencia

UGA en España

UGA en España, through the Franklin College of Arts & Sciences offers four study abroad programs in sites across Spain--Valencia, Cádiz, Sevilla, and Madrid--as well as the Perú Medical Maymester.  Each program offers students a unique opportunity to develop a stronger background in Spanish language and culture and to complete coursework required of Spanish and Romance Languages majors and minors as well as the International Business major.

UGA en España Study Abroad