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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.

Spring 2015 undergraduate course descriptions

on Fri, 2014/10/24 - 5:12pm

With the exception of undergraduate courses listed as "special topic," all course descriptions are available on RLL's website ( and in HUB.

Descriptions for these Spring 2015 special topic courses are below:


FR 482 special topic:  “History and Culture of Tobacco”
FR 483 special topic:  “Francophone World Theatre”
SPA 454 special topic:  “Translation in L2 Spanish Grammar” (dual-listed with SPA 533)


FR 482 special topic:  “History and Culture of Tobacco”

The central ambition of this class is to identify and evaluate the status of tobacco and the tobacco user in French and Francophone literature, film, music, art, and society.

Gender Institute Undergraduate Scholarship recipient, Samah Asfour

on Fri, 2014/10/17 - 6:37pm

Samah Asfour, RLL French minor pursuing a B.A. in Political Science and a B.A. in Global Gender Studies, won the UB Gender Institute's 2013-14 Undergraduate Scholarship.  The award has supported work on her senior thesis research project, "Discrimination Against Muslim Women in France," that she's completing under the direction of Dr. LaKisha Simmons in the Global Gender Studies Program of the Department of Transnational Studies. Samah was able to use her personal experience studying abroad in Aix-en-Provence, France, to help guide her research. She will present her project towards the end of the Spring 2015 semester. After graduation, Samah hopes to pursue a combined JD/MA in International Law and Middle Eastern Politics.  Félicitations, Samah !

TFC presents: Amélie (2001)

on Wed, 2014/10/15 - 6:21pm

The French Connection is pleased to invite you to our annual French Movie Nights. To start off the season, we are screening the first movie on Thursday, Oct. 23rd at 8pm in Clemens 930. Amélie (2001) was an obvious choice to give us a head start to appeal to a bigger audience since it had such an impact when it first came out and the related fame still lingers nowadays.


Bárbara Avila-Shah awarded Chancellor's Medal

on Thu, 2014/10/09 - 7:01pm


At a ceremony held on October 8th in Slee Hall, President Satish K. Tripathi, Provost Charles F. Zukoski and Vice President Dennis Black conferred on Dr. Bárbara Avila-Shah the Chancellor's Medal for Excellence in Professional Services. As Language Coordinator for RLL, Dr. Avila-Shah's duties include regularly updating and improving curriculum, policies, syllabi and testing procedures as well as incorporating new pedagogical materials and working with colleagues to ensure consistency in program administration and curriculum. President Tripathi described Dr.

2014-15 CAS Ambassadors in RLL

on Thu, 2014/10/02 - 11:30am

RLL is fortunate to have two students from our Spanish program, Adam Singh and Nathaniel Sundholm, participating in this year's CAS Ambassadors Program ( Congratulations, Adam and Nathaniel!

Adam Singh is pursuing majors in Political Science, Spanish, and Media Studies, as well as a certificate in Game Studies. Outside of his majors, he is also the chapter coordinator for the Citizen Media Evidence Partnership at UB, as well as a peer mentor for freshman in UB 101.

Nathaniel Sundholm is currently pursuing a major in Communicative Disorders and Sciences and a minor in Spanish. He is involved with UB Student Life, UB Residence Life, and several student-run organizations.