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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.

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.

New Courses on Quebec this Fall!

on Tue, 2015/03/03 - 2:29pm

FR 339: "Contemporary Quebec: literature, culture and film"

Fall 2015, Instructor: Jean-Jacques Thomas

FR 339 will be cross-listed in Canadian Studies under CDN 481.

Quebec and the Francophone areas of the New World will be studied both locally and globally so as to study it as a diverse and complex macrocosm of varied cultural interests and identities. Special emphasis will be given to literature, arts, performing arts, filmand the Francophone video culture (In English).

For more information please visit UB's Quebec Studies website:

RLL Global Lab for Undergraduates - 3/23/15

on Mon, 2015/02/23 - 8:23pm


A conversation with DR. DAVID CASTILLO (RLL Spanish Program) and DR. LAURA CHIESA (RLL Italian Program)

MONDAY, MARCH 23 2015 2:30 PM IN CLEMENS 904

What is the RLL Global Lab?  It's an interactive learning environment where you can hear the thoughts of RLL faculty members on a topic and test out your own ideas. It's also a space for discovering more about the intersections between Romance language world cultures of Africa, the Caribbean, Europe and the Americas -- including the United States. 

Come work together on answers to questions like: