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The Department of Romance Languages and Literatures is committed to an interdisciplinary, international, and collaborative vision of the study of language, literature, and culture. RLL is a diverse and dynamic academic unit offering undergraduate majors and minors in its core areas of French, Italian, and Spanish, and graduate concentrations in French, Spanish, and Romance Linguistics. In addition, we have emerging pedagogical and research interests in Catalan and Portuguese. RLL has cross-disciplinary strengths in Iberian and Latin American Studies, Francophone Canadian, Caribbean, and Sub-Saharan Studies, Early Modern Studies, Cultural Studies, (Post)Colonial Studies, Urban and Landscape Studies, Gender Studies, Disability Studies, Poetry, Theater and Performance, Film, and Romance Linguistics.


on Mon, 2016/08/15 - 2:54am

As of 07/29/2016, the Department of Romance Languages & Literatures moved to a new website hosted by the University at Buffalo. The new address is This drupalgardens site will no longer be maintained. Please change any links you have made to this page to the new page. Thank you.

David Castillo named director of UB Humanities Institute

on Tue, 2016/06/21 - 9:34am

David Castillo, a University at Buffalo professor of Romance languages and literatures, has been named director of the university’s Humanities Institute, a multidisciplinary center within the College of Arts and Sciences established in 2005 to promote innovative teaching, research and programs in the humanities.  Read more:

RLL Alum David Turnbull Offers Unique Career Perspectives at Commencement Celebration

on Fri, 2016/05/20 - 2:35pm

RLL was pleased to welcome Career Diplomat David Turnbull (photo courtesy of Dr. Maureen Jameson) as invited alumni speaker at the Friday May 13th, 2016 celebration. Please click here to read the full text of his address.  Click here to watch the video!

Attended by an enthusiatic contingent of students, family and friends, and faculty and staff, the celebration ended with brunch and photo opportunities.  Congratulations to all for a job well done!

French major in the spotlight for cross-country project

on Tue, 2016/05/10 - 10:36am

See WKBW report featuring French and Political Science major Nick Czekaj who will bike across the United States helping build homes along the way with organizations like Habitat for Humanity.

Nick (seen on the right) completed French 212 this spring and offered, with Yousuf Zubairi, a strikingly original interpretation of a scene from Tartuffe


on Fri, 2016/04/22 - 10:58am

Contratulations to Tanya Farnung-Morrison, who has accepted a tenure-track position at Truckee Meadows Community College as Foreign Language Instructor in Reno, Nevada. She will be teaching Spanish and French.