students in French class performing.

"Bodies in Revolt," Fall 2018.    Students perform their collaborative devised class projects at a performance entitled, "Dancing the Volcano" at the Center for the Arts.
Back row: Sophonie Pierre-Michel, Matthew Skrzypczyk, Naila Ansari, Mary Sullivan, Emily Crist, PG Jarrett
Front row: Diana Cortés-Evans, Lily Ertischek, Jahil Joseph

What are the Romance languages?

All Romance languages share a common historical origin in the Latin language, which spread across the Roman Empire, evolving into French, Italian, Spanish and several others.

In the UB Department of Romance Languages and Literatures, our faculty and instructors teach courses that span the fields of language study, literary and textual studies, culture and civilization, linguistics, film and media studies, intellectual history and visual culture. Undergraduate students can complete much of the UB Curriculum with our courses, while paving the way for a major or minor. Graduate students receive advanced training in research and methodology as well as substantive fields of expertise, with in-depth seminars and the production of original contributions to knowledge.

Fields of Study

  • 4/13/20
    With over 220 million speakers worldwide, French is the sixth most common spoken language. It is an official language in 29 countries, ranging from Switzerland and Morocco to Vietnam and Canada.
  • 3/12/18
    The fourth most studied in the world, Italian is one of the official languages of the European Union, as well as the language of great writers such as Dante and Machiavelli.
  • 10/14/21
    Spanish is not only the official language of Spain, but also Mexico, Central America, the Caribbean islands of Cuba, Puerto Rico, the Dominican Republic and most of South America.

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