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Romance Language and Literature


Programs in Romance language and literature teach people the spoken and written traditions of the languages that derive from Latin.

Programs in Romance language and literature teach people how words begin and languages develop. They study the Romance languages and their dialects. Students also learn how to apply their knowledge to business and technology.

Romance language and literature programs include topics such as:


In Romance language and literature programs, students may be able to specialize in:


Several colleges and universities offer bachelor’s degrees in Romance language and literature. A bachelor's degree usually takes about four years of full-time study.

A few universities offer graduate degrees in Romance language and literature. A master’s degree typically requires two years of study beyond a bachelor’s degree. Doctoral (PhD) degree programs usually require two or more years of study beyond the master’s degree.

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Program Admission

You can prepare for this program by taking courses in high school that prepare you for college. This typically includes four years of English, three years of math, three years of social studies, and two years of science. Some colleges also require two years of a second language.

Below is a list of high school courses that will help prepare you for this program of study:

Graduate Admissions

Admission to graduate programs is competitive. You need a bachelor's degree, good grades, and good test scores. In addition, you must be able to speak, read, write, and understand at least one Romance language at an advanced level.

Additional requirements at some schools include:

Typical Course Work

Program Courses

This program typically includes courses in the following subjects:

Graduate Program Courses

Graduate programs in Romance language and literature typically require:

Things to Know

The most common Romance languages are French, Italian, and Spanish. Romance languages also include Portuguese, Romanian, Catalan, and Provencal.

Colleges that do not offer programs in Romance language and literature may offer elective courses or certificates as part of a major in interdisciplinary studies or liberal arts. Many programs offer certificates at the graduate level as well.

Students who major in Romance language and literature may be required or encouraged to spend some time living, working, and studying abroad. Most programs coordinate semester abroad or work internships. In most cases, you can participate in these after you have completed at least two years of language study.

Being able to speak and read Spanish is useful for many careers, including social services, journalism, health care, law enforcement, and teaching.


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