Romance Languages

Within the Department of Romance Languages, you will be welcomed into a spirited community that is committed to intellectual inquiry, social justice, and career development through language and culture. With class sizes that average under 25 students, you’ll get to know our faculty and enjoy the benefits of a program big enough to support a wide range of interests but small enough to form a real community. Our campus is “human scale”—just the right size for students to get personalized attention while also having access to extraordinary research resources.

31.5%
PERCENTAGE OF UNDERGRADUATE MAJORS WHO ARE FIRST-GENERATION COLLEGE STUDENTS
23
AVERAGE NUMBER OF STUDENTS IN AN UNDERGRADUATE CLASS
90%

PERCENTAGE OF SOPHOMORE STUDENTS WHO REMAIN IN THE MAJOR PROGRAM AFTER DECLARING

Romance Languages at the UO

Hundreds of University of Oregon students currently major or minor in French, Italian, Spanish, or major in Romance languages—a program that combines advanced study in two Romance languages (now including Portuguese). For graduate students, the Department of Romance Languages offers programs of study leading to an MA in Romance Languages, French, Italian, or Spanish and to a PhD in Romance languages or Spanish.

What You Can Do with a Degree in Romance Languages

What kind of career can you get with language skills? Studying Romance languages can take you just about anywhere! Our alumni are traveling the world, making an impact in their communities, and building careers in a broad range of fields such as:

  • International law and business
  • Communications
  • Education
  • Fine arts
  • Tourism
  • Diplomacy
Spanish major Melissa Torres-Duran

Making a Community Impact 

Since graduating I’ve had the opportunity to work at a few different ad agencies, but I pivoted to the non-profit sector to do social community impact work. I am able to use my background as a native Spanish speaker and the many skills I developed to help my community. Studying abroad opened up my horizons and gave me the opportunity of a lifetime! 

—Melissa Torres-Duran, Spanish major, '22 

Learn from Experts in the Field

Learn from Experts in the Field

Our Romance languages faculty includes specialists who work on all aspects of the Romance-speaking world, including North America, South America, Europe, Africa, and Asia. They are passionate scholars who inform and inspire, as well as dedicated mentors who help students build real-world skills and strong professional networks.

Get Real-World Experience

Immerse Yourself in Another Culture

Studying Romance languages abroad accelerates the development of speaking and comprehension skills while giving students a real-world experience within the culture they’re studying. The Department of Romance Languages offers numerous study abroad programs in Romance-speaking areas of the world, as well as other hands-on learning opportunities to help students develop their language proficiency.

Scholarships and Funding

The Department of Romance Languages awards multiple scholarships to current undergraduate and graduate students who are declared majors or minors within the department. Learn more about available scholarships and eligibility requirements.

Undergraduate Scholarships
Graduate Funding

Academic Support

Our academic advisors can help students talk through their major or minor requirements, plan their course of study, explore study abroad opportunities, and more.

Undergraduate Advising
Support for Graduate Students

Romance Languages News and Events

June 18, 2024
ENGLISH, ROMANCE LANGUAGES - Staff and faculty members came together for the inaugural College of Arts and Sciences Awards and Hallmark Achievement Reception, which celebrated some of the achievements of faculty and staff. In addition to celebrating some of the college’s faculty members who have received accolades outside of the university, the ceremony featured the college’s first-ever awards that recognize the work of faculty and staff.
May 20, 2024
ROMANCE LANGUAGES - Faculty members have published new research related to the Spanish language in three different countries: Bolivia, Chile and Peru.
May 1, 2024
PORTUGUESE - Senior Instructor Bene Santos is one of three winners of the Tykeson Teaching Award, an annual prize given to one outstanding faculty member in each division of the College of Arts and Sciences who goes above and beyond in the classroom.

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The BIG 10+ Academia Career Fair
Oct16
The BIG 10+ Academia Career Fair Oct 16
Bob Bussel Labor History Lecture
Apr24
Bob Bussel Labor History Lecture Apr 24 William W. Knight Law Center

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