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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.

Study abroad funding applications now available

on Fri, 2013/03/08 - 2:28pm

Applications are now being accepted for the Linda Rock Memorial Scholarship and the Maria Becker Memorial Scholarship, awarded annually to RLL majors to support study abroad. Details, deadlines and application form are available here. Information on UB and SUNY study abroad programs is available on the Study Abroad website.

"The Biggest Comebacks: Tenacious Resurgence of Cultural Topoi"

on Mon, 2015/03/16 - 3:16pm
Dear RLL Faculty Members, Dear RLL Students,
It is with great joy that we cordially invite you to our Graduate Student Symposium with this year's theme: "The Biggest Comebacks: Tenacious Resurgence of Cultural Topoi" with our Keynote Speaker Dr. Nelson from Concordia University.
*** The Keynote Address will be held on Friday, March 27th, at 6.30PM in Clemens 120 entitled "The Day After: Apocalyptic Accommodation In Early and Late Modernity"
*** The panels will run on SaturdayMarch 28th, from 8.30AM on until 4.30PM. *** Don't miss out on our Roundtable discussion from 4.30PM to

RLL Outstanding Senior 2014-15: Emily Niemel

on Wed, 2015/03/11 - 5:26pm

Congratulations go to all nominees for the RLL 2014-15 Outstanding Senior, including this year's winner, Emily Niemel.  Emily graduates summa cum laude with a BA in Spanish and in History.  Regularly on the Dean’s List, she is a University Honors Scholar, a Global Scholar, a member of Phi Beta Kappa and of the National Society of Collegiate Scholars.  Emily studied in Ecuador (Summer 2014) where she also interned for the Parque Histórico Guayaquil.  The following fall she combined her work in Spanish, history, and anthropology through a research project on Yucatec Mayan women’s perseverance and adaptation during sixteenth-century Spanish conquest. Emily begins Cornell Law School this fall, and hopes one day to represent a non-profit organization for global women’s rights. 

Italian Movie Night featuring "Allacciate le cinture"

on Sun, 2015/03/08 - 10:54am

Join us on Wednesday, March 11 at 4PM as we present Allacciate le cinture directed by Ferzan Özpetek

Blake Cooper presents at the inaugural SUNY Undergraduate Research Conference

on Wed, 2015/03/04 - 5:55pm

Blake Cooper (RLL Spanish major) has been accepted to present his research at the inaugural SUNY Undergraduate Research Conference (SURC).  Blake's project combines linguistic and literary analysis regarding Federico García Lorca's poetry and drama and is entitled "Competing Identities."  He is working under the direction of Dr. Elizabeth Scarlett.

SURC will be held at SUNY Brockport on Friday, April 10, 2015 (  The conference will bring together undergraduate researchers and visual performing artists as well as their faculty mentors throughout the SUNY and CUNY system for a full day of activities.